Social Security Administration Adds LGBTQ+ Page to Website for Pride Month

Senior gay male couple, smiling and affectionate, working at their kitchen table on financial documents such as wills, financial planning, or a contract for a house.
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Despite similar reliance on Social Security and high poverty rates for income support, LGBTQ+ senior couples were not equally eligible to claim Social Security benefits until 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a judgment in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case.

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The case defended the constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry in all states and have their marriage recognized by other states. This decision made it possible for more same-sex couples and their families to benefit from the Social Security Administration’s various programs.

To “acknowledge and honor the contributions made by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) community,” the Social Security Administration (SSA) has added a new Social Security for LGBTQ+ People landing page to its website plus a redesigned Same-Sex Couples benefits page for Pride Month and beyond.

The resources for LGBTQ+ individuals on the SSA site include information on same-sex couples and gender identity, plus a lot on survivors’ benefits.

Per the SSA, you may qualify for survivors benefits if you meet either of the following:

  • If you were married at the time of your partner’s death if unconstitutional state laws hadn’t prevented you from marrying.
  • You were married longer, but unconstitutional state laws prevented you from marrying sooner.
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Unlike retirement, spouse’s, Medicare, disability or SSI benefits for LGBTQ+ people, the application for survivors benefits is not available online. If you think you may be entitled to benefits, the SSA recommends contacting it at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or via your nearest Social Security office.

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David Nadelle is a freelance editor and writer based in Ottawa, Canada. After working in the energy industry for 18 years, he decided to change careers in 2016 and concentrate full-time on all aspects of writing. He recently completed a technical communication diploma and holds previous university degrees in journalism, sociology and criminology. David has covered a wide variety of financial and lifestyle topics for numerous publications and has experience copywriting for the retail industry.
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