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Harley Authors ‘Groundbreaking’ Handbook

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Dr. Debra Harley

Dr. Debra Harley, Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor in the College of Education’s Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, and Dr. Pamela Teaster, professor in the UK College of Public Health, are editors of the new “Handbook of LGBT Elders: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices and Policies.”

The book’s publisher, Springer, calls it a groundbreaking resource that presents a wealth of findings and perspectives previously unseen in the LGBT literature. The book is a reference for mental health professionals, psychologists and social workers who work with the LGBT community and the elderly, as well as researchers interested in the LGBT community and aging.
Among the topics in the handbook:

• Family relationships of older LGBT adults.
• The intersection of identities: race, age, sexuality and care network.
• Bisexuality: an invisible community among LGBT elders.
• Implications of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
• No money, no work and being elderly.
• Disabilities among LGBT elders: responses of medicine, public health, rehabilitation and social work.