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Rainbow Elders

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LGBTIQA: Socializing | Support | Resources

Offering opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual elders plus their straight and younger allies to build connections and find resources

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Let's Get Together!

The Rainbow Elders (formerly LGBTIQA Elders) Steering Committee of LifePath organizes quarterly events for LGBTIQA older adults and allies. These events are free of charge, although donations are welcomed, and events are drug-, alcohol-, and fragrance- free.

Fifth Annual LGBTIQA Intergenerational Gathering & Dinner: An Evening With Robyn Ochs

Rainbow Elders 2016 springPhoto from the 2016 gathering.Tuesday, April 25, 2017
5 to 7:30 p.m.

Greenfield Community College Dining Commons
One College Drive, Greenfield, MA

Enjoy a delicious dinner with friends new and old for a gathering of LGBTIQA* folks and friends of all ages! This year’s intergenerational event will feature a special guest speaker.

Special guest speaker Robyn Ochs

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Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, award-winning activist, and editor of the Bi Women Quarterly, the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and the new anthology RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Her writings have been published in numerous bi, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBT anthologies. An advocate for the rights of people of ALL orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full access and opportunity, Robyn’s work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities, and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.

LGBTIQA event registration open

Presented by the Rainbow Elders, with co-hosts:

Rainbow Supper Club of WestMass ElderCare; Generation Q and TREE (Trans Rights, Education, Education, and Empowerment) of Community Action; and Pride Alliance of Greenfield Community College.

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Thank you to our sponsors

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A Century of Caring, 1910 to 2017
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Become a Sponsor for Rainbow Elders Events in 2016/2017

Sponsorship offers community partners and local businesses an exceptional opportunity to show your support for and to connect with the LGBTIQA elder community. Learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits in this Rainbow Elders Sponsor Invitation, and fill out the Rainbow Elders Sponsorship Form with your selection.

Thank you to our 2016/2017 sponsors!

We hope your organization will join us...

Advocates:

Allies:

Friends:

  • Able Home Accessbility
  • The Arbors at Greenfield
  • Brattleboro Retreat
  • Gage-Wiley & Co.
  • Quabbin Valley Healthcare
  • Rockridge Retirement
  • Tapestry Health

More information about our events

LGBTIQA Summer PicnicIn the summer and winter...

In the summer and winter, we host social events, which offer the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal in a friendly atmosphere. There is modest programming which encourages us to meet others, tell our remarkable stories, reflect on the changing world, and learn about resources. These social events are meant to be safe, supportive and confidential. We hope that each of us can speak from the heart about our own experiences but without judgment of others.

LGBTIQA 2nd Annual Intergenerational SocialIn the spring...

In the spring we co-sponsor an Intergenerational Gathering. Area LGBTIQA organizations and community partners help us to bring together folk from a range of ages and backgrounds. As with the socials, we eat well, mix and mingle, learn, and celebrate our common and varied cultures.

In the autumn...

In the autumn we go back to school with an educational presentation. We select an issue or issues of interest to our constituents and seek expertise to inform us and help us keep moving forward in seeking our rights and being of service to our communities.

October 2014 Panel Presentation on Legal and Financial Issues for LGBT Elders

You can listen to "Legal and Financial Issues for LGBT Elders," an event held on Thursday, October 23, at All Souls Church in Greenfield, online: Part 1 & Part 2.

A panel of experts discussed considerations for LGBT individuals during their later years, whether they are single, partnered, married, or considering marriage, covering issues such as income, taxes, assets, property, health insurance, federal benefits, retirement savings, and more. Speakers included Attorney Jan Stiefel of Community Legal Aid and local Elder Law Attorney Seunghee Cha, Esq., as well as Sabrina Feliciano of the Social Security Administration and Bill Reichelt, CPA. The representative from the SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) program was Lorraine York-Edberg, Western Mass. Regional SHINE Program Director, of LifePath.

Learn more about LifePath
Resources and links for LGBTIQA services
Understanding homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia