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Rainbow Elders

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LGBTIQA: Socializing | Support | Resources

Rainbow Elders 2016 springRainbow 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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Let's Get Together!

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

Rainbow Elders Luncheon Club

The 3rd Thursday of the monthLGBTIQA event registration luncheon
12 to 2 p.m.
South County Senior Center
67 North Main Street
South Deerfield, MA

View this month's menu.

What is the Rainbow Elders Luncheon Club?

Taking place on the third Thursday of each month, the Rainbow Elders Luncheon Club provides a hot noontime meal to LGBTIQA people 60 years of age and older, their friends, and any supportive members of the public at large. Elders can be joined for lunch by their spouse of any age or an individual with a disability who lives in the same household as the elder.

A donation of $3 will be suggested to elders able to pay, and those under 60 will be charged a fee that will be based on the full cost of providing the meal. Additional program donations are always welcomed. The event is supported by the Older Americans Act, the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and LifePath.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo


Movement Workshop & Dinner

LGBTIQA event registration openWhen:
Monday, April 1, 2019
Workshop: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m.

Greenfield Senior Center/John Zon Community Center
35 Pleasant Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

Space is limited!
Call 413-773-5555 x1242 or 978-544-2259 x1242 or register online.

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.

Movement Workshop

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or "The Trocks," have taken a playful approach to classical ballet since 1974. An all-male company, The Trocks have reveled in playing with gender roles and identity over the last 40+ years. One part parody and one part loving homage, The Trocks simultaneously honor the traditions of ballet with high-level performance while also poking fun at the conventions that define ballet.

On Monday, April 1, please join us with The Trocks’ Raffaele Morra, Ballet Master, for a movement workshop with a ballet flavor! Dance training is not necessary, but we request that folks be willing to move to the best of their abilities. Frequent breaks will be given; seating will be available. Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow movement to the floor and back up.

The Trocks’ version of Anna Povlova’s 1905 dance “The Swan” will be taught - a piece of dance history with a comic touch! View the original.

Community Dinner

Following the workshop, please join us for a community dinner with Mr. Morra (attendance at workshop not necessary).


All attendees of the workshop or dinner will also be invited to the performance on Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, as special guests of the Trocks!

Thank you to our event sponsors!

  • Rockridge Retirement Communities
  • The Arbors
  • University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center
  • Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo
  • Greenfield Senior Center

Become a Friend of the Rainbow Elders!

We are starting a new group to support the Rainbow Elders. We invite you to become a Friend of the Rainbow Elders today!


Help the Rainbow Elders, a program of LifePath, continue to:

  • Nourish vibrant, safe communities of LGBTIQA elders plus their straight & younger
    allies by hosting regular events.
  • Provide vital education to senior centers, retirement communities, and other agencies
    regarding the elder LGBTIQA experience and needs.
  • Advocate for the rights of LGBTIQA elders.

Click here to learn more about becoming a Friend of the Rainbow Elders.

Become a Sponsor for Rainbow Elders Events in 2018/2019

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 or view the opportunities here.

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We'd like to thank The Arbors at Greenfield for their sponsorship of the Rainbow Elders for the 2018-2019 season. 

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.


Download the Rainbow Elders brochure (PDF)

Learn more about LifePath

Resources and links for LGBTIQA services

Understanding homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia