Watch the video of the event here:

“Know Your Rights and Claim Your Money: Social Security and the LGBT Community”

On October 30, Openhouse and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation sponsored a standing-room-only town hall meeting to discuss new federal benefits now available to married same-sex couples. Whether you are single, married, or somewhere in between, if you receive Social Security benefits or will be eligible for them anytime soon, watch the video above to get answers to questions on:

  • What the Windsor decision means for LGBT Social Security recipients.
  • Financial benefits that same-sex spouses, widows and their children can now access.
  • How to apply for benefits.
  • What the Social Security Administration is doing for couples who move to places that don’t honor their marriage.
  • What happens to your Social Security disability benefits when you retire.

For more information on Social Security or other benefits, please email Openhouse with your question(s) and we’ll get back to you right away with the resource information you need.

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MODERATOR:
Kate Kendell, Executive Director
National Center for Lesbian Rights

REMARKS BY:
Dan Bernal, Chief of Staff
Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

PANELISTS:
Grace Kim, Regional Commissioner
Social Security Administration San Francisco

Max Richtman, President & CEO
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Web Phillips, Senior Legislative Representative
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Deb Kinney, Esq.
Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica, LLP

Andy Chu, Managing Legal Director of Benefits Counseling
Positive Resource Center

Seth Kilbourn, Executive Director
Openhouse

SENATOR MARK LENO – “Don’t miss these important community-wide events to learn about recent changes to Social Security and how to access your benefits.”

COMMUNITY CO-SPONSORS:
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
Alice B Toklas Democratic Club
API Wellness Center
Community Living Campaign
Black Coalition on AIDS
Institute on Aging
Lyon-Martin Health Services
LGBT Community Partnership
Project Open Hand
Shanti
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
UCSF Alliance Health Project
UCSF LGBT Resource Center
SF Department of Aging and Adult Services

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With Underwriting From
Horizons Foundation

With In-Kind Support from
SF Bay Times
Tree Ring Productions