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February 2019

 
 
February 2019: Flashback Group Photo
LGBT Elders Of Color/ Flashback Sunday Celebrates their 5th Anniversary this month. Story below.
 

Dear Friends,

The LGBT Aging Project is excited to celebrate the 5th anniversary of LGBT Elders of Color: Flashback Sunday.

What started as a question – where are the LGBT elders of color? – led to a convening of community leaders to look at issues of intersectionality for those who are LGBT, old and persons of color. LGBT Elders of Color held their first event in February 2014 at Central Boston Elder Services. The group chose “Flashback Sunday” to reflect the need for community after church on Sunday and high hopes were for 50 people to attend on that Sunday afternoon. With 100 in attendance we were frantically ordering pizzas to make sure we could feed everyone who showed up. But just being in community is what really fed these folks.

In the subsequent years Flashback Sunday’s gatherings, health programs and intergenerational dinners and social events combat the social isolation and alienation LGBT elders of color experience, providing space for them to meet peers, build camaraderie, and get connected to resources. For many attendees, Flashback Sunday offers the only space for them to truly be themselves — to embrace all of their intersecting identities while being surrounded by peers who have shared experiences. Over the past few years Paul Glass and Shirley Royster have been excellent co-chairs of the Elders of Color Executive Committee, and along with their dedicated members have made successfully engaged about 500 LGBT elders of color in their many Flashback Sunday programs.

Flashback Sunday celebrated both its fifth anniversary and Black History Month on Wednesday February 13th at Café Pride a supper club for LGBT elders of color and their friends. Ethos sponsors Café Pride, the LGBT Aging Project continues to provide program support and thanks Tufts Health Plan Foundation Young Philanthropists and The Boston Foundation’s Equality Fund for their support as well.

Here's to many more years for LGBT Elders of Color-Flashback Sunday!

Be well,
Lisa Krinsky



Lisa Krinsky, LICSW
Director, LGBT Aging Project


 

8th Annual LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World Conference, Friday March 15, 2019 - Register Now!

Building Bridges
The Eighth Annual LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World conference includes presentations that address substantive practice and policy topics that affect and involve the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities and allies. The conference strives to create an open and welcoming forum as well as a convening of community. LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World conference is intended for consumers, educators, researchers, and public policy makers as well as professionals who support and work with LGBT older adults and caregivers. CEUs are applied for in social work, certified case management and nursing.

Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, Professor and Principal Investigator for the Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study; Professor and Director of the Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is a national leader in the field of LGBT aging research and a dynamic and engaging speaker.

Registration includes selection of 3 workshops from 15 options, continental breakfast, luncheon and reception.

Register here.

For more information, visit the conference website.



LifeSongs Project’s Community Performance
Building Bridges
The Lifesongs project celebrates the stories of LGBTQ seniors in our community. Lifesongs was originally conceived by Palaver cellist Matthew Smith, in partnership with the LGBT Aging Project and Ethos, as a songwriting collaborative between Palaver musicians and elders from the community, who worked together to write original songs with lyrics drawn from participants’ personal experiences. The result were powerful stories of love, loss, courage, and affirmation. The LifeSongs concert will have 3 performances on March 8 2pm and 7pm and March 9 at 7pm at Boston Center for the Arts. For more information visit www.palaverstrings.org

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Announcing Boston’s Age Strong Commission

Building Bridges
Starting in 2019 the Boston Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly is now the Age Strong Commission. Their announcement reads as follows “It is a new age for Boston. We are now the Age Strong Commission. For us, strength comes in many forms. Strength of community. Of cultures. Of experiences. Strength to embrace new chapters and opportunities. We believe that Bostonians who are 55+ make our City strong and vibrant. Our mission is to enhance the lives of people 55+ with meaningful programs, resources, and connections so we can live and age strong together in Boston.

There will also be a new blog from the Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services. Make sure to see the incredible coverage they included on LGBT older adults in their first post. Follow this link and scroll down to the section: “We are an Inclusive and Age Friendly Boston”



UPCOMING EVENTS


 
8th Annual LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World Conference
Friday, March 15
Salem State University - Marsh Conference Center, Salem
More information and registration here.

Advancing Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health:
A Core Course for the Whole Care Team

Friday, March 22–Sunday, March 24
Seaport Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
Hosted by The Fenway Institute and Harvard Medical School
More information and registration here


 

LGBT AGING NEWS


Gay seniors thrive among straight peers at Bay State senior center

There has been an important shift towards diversity and inclusion in the elder care world that mirrors a trend in the mainstream sector. In Massachusetts, more senior centers and elder service providers are undergoing cultural competency training to be more welcoming to LGBT older adults. This marks a huge leap forward in social progress, but it doesn’t pave the way for LGBT older adults to start lining up at the door of their senior center. What holds them back is what those in the field of LGBT Aging, call “the final frontier,” specifically, the inclusion and acceptance of LGBT elders by their heterosexual senior peers. Read more.



Partnership by Design: New Project Aims to Improve LGBTQ Elders’ Lives


San Francisco’s Openhouse and On Lok are partnering to help the city’s LGBTQ older adults age with dignity, independence and pride. The two non-profits are co-designing a program that addresses two critical issues in this community: accessing much needed aging services, and ameliorating the LGBTQ elders’ fears that life in a nursing home would drive them back into the closet. Read more.



Growing Old LGBT: Exploring the Hurdles Facing LGBT Elders

Reporter Kathy Ritchie with radio station KJZZ in Phoenix Arizona explores a three part series on growing older as LGBT adults. The Parts include Part 1: Fear Of Long-Term Care | Part 2: Aging With HIV | Part 3: Unique Obstacles Trans Elders. Read more.



SF Offers LGBT Seniors End-of-Life Services

As a growing number of LGBT seniors call San Francisco home, the city and local nonprofits are aiming to help them confront myriad end-of-life concerns. The issues run the gamut from preparing wills and health care directives to being able to age in place in their homes.

A recent report from San Francisco's Department of Aging and Adult Services found that LGBT seniors underutilize the city services that are available to them compared to heterosexual seniors. Their doing so can negatively impact their experience of aging in the city, say gerontology experts. Read more.


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The LGBT Aging Project is dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults and caregivers have equal access to the life prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their neighbors take for granted. Through LGBT cultural competency training for mainstream elder service providers, community building for LGBT older adults themselves, and civic leadership, the LGBT Aging Project ensures that LGBT older adults can age with the dignity and respect they deserve.


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