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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.

"Much Ado about Lilies"

A Summer Garden Party with the Rainbow Elders

Rainbow Elders 2016 Summer Picnic gardens 2Tuesday, July 11, 2017
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Rain date: Wednesday, July 12

At a private residence in Greenfield, MA

Join the Rainbow Elders for an afternoon gathering: enjoy a catered meal, meander through the daylily gardens on 15 and a half acres of land, and meet with LGBTIQA friends old and new.

LGBTIQA event registration open

Thank you to our sponsors

Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton logoCzelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton:
A Century of Caring, 1910 to 2017
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Become a Sponsor for Rainbow Elders Events in 2017/2018

Sponsorship offers community partners and local businesses an exceptional opportunity to show your support for and to connect with the LGBTIQA elder community. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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