The Ethos Equality Fund (EEF) was launched in February 2012 and is the Boston area’s first fund solely dedicated to supporting aging lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) and their support circles.
The establishment of the EEF marked a significant step-forward for equality for older LGBTs and will enhance the quality of their lives life through the development, implementation, and expansion of programs, services, and activities for them and their caregivers.
As Boston’s first not-for-profit organization dedicated solely to keeping frail elders at home, Ethos recognized that few groups age with more challenges than LGBTs. Less likely to be partnered, more likely to be childless and too often estranged from their own families, LGBTs face significant barriers to healthy aging. Isolation, depression, substance abuse, and suicide are major risks.