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WITH PRIDE EVENTS IN JUNE
Steering Committee Meetings
are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month
The COA Steering Committee Next meeting will be:
Thursday, July 21, 2022, 2pm
We will be meeting virtually.
The Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging Steering Committee Meetings are open to all. Members of the Coalition and ALL recipients of this email announcement are invited—and urged—to attend.
To continue the work of the Coalition, public participation is needed.
Please RSVP so we will expect you and know to admit you to the zoom room
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Here’s the link to the meeting:
ALGBTCOA Steering Committee
Agenda for past meeting Thursday, June 16, 2022 2pm
- Introduction of guests (5 min, chair)
- Call to Order, roll call and designate timekeeper (5 min, chair)
- Additions to the agenda (5 min, chair)
- Approval of minutes (5 min, Stephanie)
- Report on weekend AGE caregiver conference and weekend Pride events (10 min, Richard, all)
- Update on safe and affordable housing issue:
- Qwell plans (5 min, Richard)
- City of Austin Housing Department (5 min, Charles )
- Report from Pride planning committee (15 min, Faith/Richard)
- Consider a motion authorizing the purchase of insurance coverage for the Steering Committee (10 min)
- Guidelines/Best Practice for Coalition website (15 minutes, Stephanie/Toby/Richard)
- Annual Meeting October 20, 2022 (15 minutes, Charles)
- Annual Report
- Recommendation from SC on dues
- Consider bylaw amendments
- Election of Steering Committee members
- Election of Officers: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer
- Round Robin discussion (all)
Steering Committee Membership
Membership is open to all regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, or gender identification. The Steering Committee meets monthly, almost always less than two hours. Currently those meetings are held virtually so there is no time spent in traffic. It’s a great opportunity to be more involved in the direction of the Coalition and get better acquainted with folks like yourself who are interested in improving the lives of LGBT seniors in Austin
Who We Are
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
Older Americans Month Kick-off
The Coalition participated in the City of Austin’s Older Americans Month Kick-off event on May 7th.
Here’re members of the Steering Committee — Richard, Stephanie, and Charles — at our table.
City of Austin
LGBTQ Quality of Life Study
Click here to download the Quality of Life Survey Findings from our website
Click here to download the full Report, titled Priorities for Action, from our website
Check out the Announcements in the Newsletter
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference
Presented by Family ElderCare and the LGBTQ Elder Task Force
Online — 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, April – July 2022
6:00 – 7:00 PM
QWELL events, EMBRACE, Austin LGBT Elder Task Force, etc
Check out the Announcements in the Newsletter
Take the QWELL Survey
More information on the “Golden Generation” is available on our website under the Senior Resources>Austin Resources>Senior Services tab. The website will also be updated with the dates and times for in person meetings if and when that information is available.
Benchmark Research is a member of the Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging
Same-Sex Partners Can Now Access Social Security Survivor’s Benefits
Huge victory for LGBTQ+ elders as Security Administration (SSA) dismissed appeals of two Lambda Legal cases in favor of equal access to Social Security Survivor’s Benefits for same-sex partners — Read more
New LGBT Senior Housing opened in Los Angeles
Mitigating Isolation of People Aging With HIV
During the COVID-19 Pandemic
QWELL is a sister organization to the Coalition on Aging; from the first Townhall Meeting that saw the creation of the ALGBTCOA, we were charged with participating in the development of an LGBTQ Community Center. QWELL, headed up by Clayton Gibson, has been a leader in that effort and in the recent community surveys.
Take the 2022 Survey now
Clayton has recently sent an email announcing good news and upcoming changes, including the release of a QWELL app and the possibility that community center plans under consideration may include senior housing.
QWELL is working with Austin Latinx Pride, Austin Queer Asians, and other QTPOC leaders to produce Austin’s ColorsOfPride.org Festival
in the Mueller District on Saturday, June 25, celebrating all QTPOC!
One of QWELL’s projects and fundraiser is the “Free Pride Flag”
Registration has started for the 3rd annual FreePrideFlag.com giveaway! Reserve a flag now to pick up during Pride Month in June! (The project added the trans flag and the Intersex-inclusive “One4All” flag, this year.) Since 2020, QWELL has given away 4,000 rainbow flags to local folks!
What the Coalition did last year:
Annual Report 2021
As required by our bylaws, we are providing an annual report of the Coalition’s activities for the 2021 year.
Despite the challenges that the pandemic continued to raise during 2021, the Coalition has been able to move forward in several areas identified as priorities when the group was organized.
Strengthening Our Community: the coalition worked with the City’s LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission and the consulting firm employed by the City to complete the first LGBTQ Quality of Life Study for Austin. Our efforts were focused on encouraging senior participation in the Quality of Life Survey. Given the added communications challenges presented by the pandemic shutdowns we also argued successfully for adding a senior focus group to get additional input and helped to recruit participants that reflected the diversity of Austin’s population. The Quality of Life Study is completed and available on our website. We are looking forward to actively engaging Coalition members as the work begins on implementing the Study recommendations. The Coalition has also continued to support community organizations both old and new. The Golden Generation lunch group has soldiered on during the pandemic, meeting virtually for their weekly conversations and games. Their information is included on our website and in our newsletter. We have also supported a new organization, Embrace, making great strides providing information and programming highlighting the LGBTQ community.
Housing: In 2021 the Coalition joined with Family Eldercare to design a pilot project to recognize LGBT supportive living facilities in Austin. By developing the criteria essential to the LGBT community, providing information and assistance to residential property owners and/or property managers interested in our community, the pilot program could develop an inventory of LGBT supportive facilities – a guide for those in our community looking for appropriate housing.
We continue to receive requests for assistance from people moving to Austin, people forced to relocate for economic reasons and people interested in alternatives to living alone as they age. All of these are reminders that affordable and appropriate housing continues to be a significant challenge in our community.
HIV and Aging: One of the issues identified in our original community forum was the aging population of HIV+ people both nationally and in the Austin area. Our original effort to address this trend included development of a presentation outlining the demographics as well as some of the issues raised by this trend resulting from medical advances in the treatment of HIV. In 2021 we concluded a series of forums featuring representatives of senior care agencies as well as folks from AIDS services organizations. Originally designed as a series of luncheons the forums pivoted to a virtual environment as a result of the pandemic. The goal was to familiarize agencies with the changing challenges ahead: for senior service agencies, clients dealing with the effects of long-term HIV; for AIDS services organization the added complications of aging for the clients they had been assisting in dealing with HIV.
Organization Development: In 2021 the Coalition was recognized as a nonprofit corporation by the State of Texas as well as a 501c3 nonprofit by the IRS, marking the completion of a series of steps since our original organization. From the beginning we have been assisted by AustinUP, first in putting together the community conversation that led to the formation of the Coalition and as we developed by acting as our financial sponsor. Our hats are off to Teresa Ferguson as well as the AustinUP Board for their assistance and support!
Challenges: As we close the year and look ahead, we must also be aware of areas where we have failed to achieve our objectives. As we were forewarned by those who have come before us in this effort, those in our community most in need of assistance have also been the most difficult to reach. We also continue to work for greater involvement in our Steering Committee and in our projects. We are especially in need of strengthening our diversity so that our approach is informed by the voices of all parts of our community.
As always, we invite you to get involved.