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“What has changed, what is similar, and where we're going”

Still time to register for LGBTIQA Intergenerational Dinner & Gathering on April 17

Each spring, people of all ages gather together for dinner and a time to share stories and dreams about LGBTIQA life with one another. The Sixth Annual Intergenerational LGBTIQA Gathering & Dinner will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Greenfield Community College Dining Commons, located at One College Drive in Greenfield, Mass.

April 2018 Rainbow Elders Intergenerational photo WEBLGBTQA+ Youth Specialist Zora Berman and a peer leader of Generation Q, a program of Community Action of the Pioneer Valley Youth Programs, pose with Dave Gott of the Rainbow Elders of LifePath. The youth and elders are working together to plan the Sixth Annual LGBTIQA Intergenerational Gathering on April 17.“It’s a great way for elders and youth and folks of all ages to connect together,” says Zora Berman, LGBTQA+ youth specialist with Generation Q (Gen Q) and TREE of the Community Action Pioneer Valley Youth Programs. “There’s always so much to learn from the elders, specifically about this area, in the Pioneer Valley, about what has changed, what is similar, and where we're going.”

Haley (name has been changed), also with Gen Q, agrees. “It’s important that both youth and elders have a chance to understand that everyone’s experiences are different and to see the progress we’ve made and the progress we can still make,” says Haley. “Getting to know people who lived through different parts of history than you have and understanding their stories and lives is a good opportunity.”

Dave Gott of the Rainbow Elders of LifePath shares his perspective as an elder. “I love how young queer folk teach me things about what's happening that’s changing and is new and different and important to be thinking about,” he says. “And then I like the opportunity that elders have to share our life experience and what we’ve been through at other times of the herstory and history.”

Dave also speaks of the welcoming environment the event fosters. “We welcome everybody, no matter how they identify, and nobody has to have a label - or they can have a dozen labels. It's just wonderful to learn from one another.”

Registration by Wednesday, April 11, is requested. Please click here to sign up, or call Lynne Feldman, director of community services at LifePath, at 413-773-5555 x2215 or 978-544-2259 x2215.

There is no charge for this event, but a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated and will be used to cover expenses for this and future Rainbow Elders events. If you can donate more than $10, it will help someone else with fewer resources attend. Any donation amount is welcome.

This is a drug-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free event.

Special thanks to Program Champion Lathrop Communities and sponsoring Advocates: Barton’s Angels Home Health Care, Franklin Community Co-op/Green Fields Market & McCusker’s Market, Rockridge, Victory Home Healthcare, and WestMass ElderCare. Thanks also to Community Partner Franklin County Pride.

LifePath’s Rainbow Elders offers opportunities and information to build connections and find resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, aromantic, and agender elders, as well as their allies, and educational outreach to agencies, businesses, and the community at large. Rainbow Elders helps people build relationships, give and gain support, grow in knowledge and cultural competence, and advocate for human rights so that everyone can live and age with dignity.

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