As she approaches 75 years of age, Marsha Bond is committed to staying engaged in her community. She volunteers in multiple ways near her home in Clarkston, Georgia – for many years now she has served as a caregiver for a lesbian woman with Alzheimer’s, and she also volunteers with a refugee family. Marsha is dedicated to fighting for housing opportunities for LGBTQ seniors – a service she feels is lacking across the country. In fact, Georgia lacks a statewide comprehensive civil rights law – and that concerns Marsha as she looks toward her own future.
“I want to seek retirement housing that is affordable and consists of more LGBTQ elders than straight elders,” she said. “We all dream of a place where we can age with people who understand us. I worry about being able to afford a place to live and have the good fortune to live with people who are like me. Treat us like you treat any other human being – with fairness, respect, and dignity.”