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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, and aromantic 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 (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.

Power to the People: An Advocacy Workshop for LGBTIQA Elders

LGBTIQA event registration openWhen:
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Where:
LifePath, Inc.
101 Munson Street, Suite 201
Greenfield, MA 01301
Map & Directions

Register now! Click here to register online.

Do you feel your voice is heard?

If you’ve been wondering how best to share your concerns as an LGBTIQA elder with your legislators or by advocating at a community forum, the Rainbow Elders of LifePath’s fall educational event is for you. “Power to the People: An Advocacy Workshop for LGBTIQA Elders” aims to educate, inspire, and connect you to a community of folks who want to make a difference together.

Deborah Shields, the executive director of Mass Equality, will present an overview of current bills in Massachusetts relevant to LGBTIQA elders. Albert Norman, executive director of Mass Home Care and statewide elder advocate, will educate the group about how to educate lawmakers and be an advocate. In order to walk us through the legislative process with reference to one specific bill, they will highlight SB 346/HB 2892 - An Act Relative to LGBT Awareness Training for Aging Services Providers.

Later, participants will have the opportunity to gather at tables to write emails or letters to state legislators regarding this bill or other legislation, plan other public actions, or create signs for use at public events. Please feel free to bring your electronic devices. Pens, paper, and stamps will be provided along with snacks and beverages.

According to their website, “MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”

There is no cost to attend this event. Donations are welcome and will be used to cover expenses for this and future Rainbow Elders events. This is a drug-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free event.


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!

Friends

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.

A huge thank you to those who recently joined the new group: Friends of the Rainbow Elders! 

Now more than ever LGBTIQA people and their allies need to join together. Thank you to those who are helping LifePath’s Rainbow elders connect and stay strong:

Advocate
  • Albert Edward Mussad
Allies
  • Donna Liebl
  • Anna and Dr. Joseph Viadero
Friends
  • Anonymous
  • Norman and Tom Gagnon Callahan
  • ​Franceschi & Middents Family
  • Dr. Bonnie Gruszecki, Clinical Support Options
  • Jane and Alan Harris
  • Meghan Lemay, Alzheimer's Association
  • Herbert Libby
  • ​Andi Waisman

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 2017/2018 sponsors!

We hope your organization will join us...

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Program Champion:

In keeping with their passion for social justice and commitment to community involvement, Lathrop Communities is proud to be a Rainbow Elders Program Champion for the 2017-18 season. 

Advocates:

Friends:

  • Able Home Accessbility
  • Boswell's Books
  • The Arbors at Greenfield
  • Brattleboro Retreat
  • Tapestry

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