LGBTIQA: Socializing | Support | Resources
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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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 month
12 to 2 p.m.
Cancelled until further notice - please see virtual gathering information below.
South County Senior Center
67 North Main Street
South Deerfield, MA
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.
Friends - we hope you are adapting well to the many changes required in these days of pandemic. In lieu of the in-person gatherings we had to cancel, we now plan to offer the opportunity to share with other LGBTIQA elders, friends, and providers in a virtual fashion.
Every Thursday, we chat, share support and resources, reflect upon our LGBTIQA+ experience, and connect with friends we have made or yet wish to make. We encourage you to register to receive weekly meeting announcements and other periodic mailings. When you do you will receive instructions for how to attend each week’s Virtual Gathering, which utilizes the Zoom platform. You may participate by computer (with a microphone/webcam), smartphone, or telephone. Please note that meeting announcements are currently sent out weekly on Tuesday evenings.
We gather at 12:30 each Thursday to offer technical support, begin sharing time at 1 p.m., and continue until 2:30 p.m.
If you or elders you know are experiencing challenges with daily living due to the onset of this pandemic or for any other reason, please feel free to reach out to LifePath’s Information and Caregiver Resource Center at 800-732-4636 X1230, 413-773-5555 X1230, or 978-544-2259 X1230.
Become a Friend of 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.
Become a Sponsor for Rainbow Elders Events in 2019/2020
We'd like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorship of the Rainbow Elders for the 2019-2020 season:
More information about our events
In 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.
In 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
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.