GSA Communication on Discriminatory Laws
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is increasingly concerned about various new and proposed state laws that impact individual freedoms and/or discriminate against individuals, particularly among groups that have historically been targets of such injustice. GSA condemns these laws. Gerontologists are keenly aware of the impact of such laws because they study the cumulative effects of discrimination and other stressors across the life course.
Many in the GSA community live or work in states where these laws are being passed, which almost overnight are affecting peoples’ lives. This includes Indiana, where new laws restricting reproductive rights have been passed. These new laws have significant life-course implications related to access to age-appropriate care affecting the health and well-being of individuals.
The GSA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Due to the complex planning of an event as large as the Annual Scientific Meeting, our venues are scheduled five or more years in advance. And in the intervening time, new unforeseen state or local laws may emerge. In light of this, GSA is undertaking a comprehensive review of our guidelines for selecting future meeting locations to ensure they reflect the Society’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging.
As a broad and diverse community of scholars, GSA members have varied opinions on many of the issues embroiling our national, state, and local politics. GSA Annual Scientific Meetings, including our November 2-6 meeting in Indianapolis, will remain a reliable forum for scholars to advance science and respectfully engage in open dialog on topical issues.
GSA will always be an advocate for access to age-appropriate care across the life course. And the Society will continue to emphasize that eliminating discrimination and biases — whether driven by race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, profession, and other dimensions — is an integral component of improving the lives of people as we age, and will continue to serve as a partner in efforts to achieve justice for all members of society.