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Survey of LGBTQIA+ Older Adults in California – From Challenges to Resilience – Take the Survey Here

Posted on January 13, 2024

The California Department of Aging (CDA) is supporting research partners and a statewide coalition of LGBTQIA+ community-based organizations to design and launch California’s first statewide survey documenting the needs, hopes and priorities of mid-life and older LGBTQIA+ residents across the state.



Mid-life and older LGBTQIA+ Californians are part of a generation that faced extreme levels of stigma during their lifetimes as well as pride in a movement that asserted civil rights for LGBTQIA+ people of all ages. Despite the central role that LGBTQIA+ Californians play in California’s history and in communities across the state, no baseline data are available that describe their aging experiences. Some studies, such as a COVID-19 study of LGBTQIA+ older adults in San Francisco, suggest higher rates of isolation, depression and suicide ideation, all of which could be addressed with more responsive and accessible services. As CDA and others seek to learn more about the aging experience of all Californians in support of the California Master Plan on Aging (MPA) goals for equity and inclusion, it is crucial that the unique life experiences within LGBTQIA+ communities are visible and honored.

California’s survey of mid-life and older LGBTQIA+ residents will paint an up-to-date and comprehensive statewide portrait. To offer insights about the experiences of marginalized and underserved LGBTQIA+ communities, the survey team will oversample Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), Hispanic/Latinx, and Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities, as well as rural and frontier communities. The survey data will form a first-ever baseline data set, which will be available to other researchers in an open-source format to encourage additional research and policy attention to the needs of mid-life and older LGBTQIA+ Californians.

Data Privacy

This survey is anonymous. 
The Survey of California LGBTQIA+ Older Adults: From Challenges to Resilience is anonymous. This means we won’t ask for information that directly identifies you, such as your name or address.

How will my data be used if I participate?
Researchers will use the responses to this survey to learn more about the well-being of LGBTQIA+ old- er adults in California. This research will inform policy and programs by the California state government.

We take steps to protect your privacy if you participate in this study: 

  • Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) will store completed survey responses securely.
  • After we finish collecting survey responses, the UCSF study team will remove and/or censor information that could be used to identify the survey participants.
  • The deidentified and censored dataset will be shared with the California Department of Aging.
  • The California Department of Aging will keep the deidentified and censored dataset for future research and programs.

This research is monitored by the University of California San Francisco Institutional Review Board.

Questions? Please contact

Click HERE to go to the California Department of Aging