- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 31 March 2017
Community members of all ages are invited to join the Rainbow Elders for the Fifth Annual Intergenerational Gathering & Dinner! The area LGBTIQA* community will gather with friends new and old at the Greenfield Community College (GCC) Dining Commons, located at One College Drive in Greenfield, Mass. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., for “An Evening with Robyn Ochs.”
To register by April 19, visit LifePathMA.org/RainbowElders or call 413-773-5555 x2215 or 978-544-2259 x2215. This is a drug-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free event.
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.
"Bisexuals make up the largest group of the LGBT sexual minorities and yet have been the least understood and accepted by both homosexual people and by straight people,” says Donna Liebl, Rainbow Elders steering committee member. “We are so fortunate to have a speaker who can acquaint us with this sexual identity and the many issues that distinguish it."
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.
At the intergenerational gathering, says JR, Rainbow Elders steering committee member, everyone has a chance to meet someone new and learn about their perspective. “We have youth, we have elders, we have a wide range of ages across the spectrum of the LGBTIQA community attend this event. We learn a lot from each other."
"One of our special things is how we mix up the groupings so that people have an opportunity to meet a lot of other people in the course of an evening." says Dave Gott, also of the steering committee.
There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcome and will be used to cover expenses for this and future Rainbow Elders events.
This event is presented by Rainbow Elders of LifePath, 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.
The Rainbow Elders thank their generous sponsors: Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton, Lathrop Communities, Rockridge, Tapestry, and Victory Home Healthcare.
*LGBTIQA: L=Lesbian, G=Gay, B=Bisexual, T=Transgender, I=Intersex, Q=Questioning & Queer, and A=Asexual, Aromantic, & Allies