The ALGBTCOA is a coalition of community activists, service agencies, LGBTQ organizations, and interested parties who have come together to improve the future for LGBT older adults as we naturally age. The Coalition hopes to encourage service providers and senior services to understand and train their staffs regarding the needs of LGBT clients, residents, and patients. The Coalition was formed to address the question: “What are the LGBT friendly services in Austin?” We would like to make all of them LGBT-friendly. Read about the goals of the Coalition
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Texans over age 65 are automatically eligible to vote by mail. Here’s an application to download, print out, and mail-in to request the Mail-in Ballot.
July Steering Committee
Thursday, July 16, 2020 2 pm
Steering Committee meetings are open. Visitors are welcome to join in.
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The North Texas LGBT Coalition for Aging has released a Senior Housing Guide for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. You can link to it at the bottom of this page. click on Housing Guide
AGE of Central Texas also has a very extensive list of at-home activities for older adults and caregivers on their website, along with a detailed page on COVID-19 resources: http://www.AGEofCentralTX.org
The national organization for LGBTQ+ elders is SAGE. SAGE has issued a statement on Covid-19 for our population. Click here.
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SENIOR SOCIAL PROGRAM
Golden Generation Social Scene
Please note: the Golden Generation has replaced their twice weekly gatherings with a once a week virtual meeting from 10-11am on Wednesday’s. If you are interested in participating send an email to email@example.com and look for instructions by email the first of each week.
The group of regular attendees, which calls itself the Golden Generation Social Scene, gathers from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The free program, which is the first of its kind in the region, provides a nutritious lunch, fun activities, a welcoming sense of community for the LGBTQ population and its allies, and is open to individuals who are 60+ years of age and their spouses/partners. …read more
The location is Metropolitan Community Church, 8601 S 1st Street. MCC is accessible by Austin Metro (Routes 10 and 3).
The Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging got its start three years ago in a community conversation on the challenges facing LGBTQ seniors in Austin. That event was sponsored by Austin PrimeTimers and AustinUP, a nonprofit formed by the City of Austin to help implement the City’s Age Friendly Plan. Since that time AustinUP has served as the nonprofit sponsor for the Coalition.
Here’s a link to the current Newsletter with articles about Covid-19
The Austin QWELL project (i.e., Queer Wellness) is conducting a LGBTQ Wellbeing Survey called Get Counted. Here’s a link to:
On the Research & Links Page, there’s a brief description of a study on HIV & Aging by GMHC with a link to the full report.
The first goal of the ALGBTCOA is to Strengthen Our Community by creating a coordinated LGBT community response, providing opportunities for people to congregate for social interaction, participating in the City’s intention of making Austin “age-friendly,” and encouraging informed participation in the decisions being made that affect us.
The second goal is to Encourage LGBT Sensitive Services by researching agencies regarding their knowledge and staff and caregiver training in these issues in order to find those that are sensitive to the LGBT concerns and to encourage others to provide training in our issues by making them aware of the need.
The Coalition hopes to be a partner and a resource for those serving the senior community, provide opportunities for active participation and involvement for those interested in aging issues, and be an educator and advocate for LGBT-friendly aging.
For more information, to be included in our information distribution or to join in this effort, visit our website at algbtcoa.org
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Coalition End of Year Documents
The Dallas-Fort Worth-based Coalition on Aging has produced a Guidebook to LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing, listing various facilities that meet up to LGBTQ senior expectations. While these facilities are in North Texas, the Guidebook is a good example of what can be done to assist our population in finding the right services for us.