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Happy New Year! We are putting together an exciting plan for 2023 and can’t wait to share it with you. We will resume regular monthly meetings in February. We look forward to working with you and your organization. Please send in events and information to share with our community.
Steering Committee Meetings
are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month
The COA Steering Committee Next meeting will be:
Thursday, February 16, 2022, 2 pm
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
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to RSVP
Here’s the link to the meeting:
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
City of Austin’s Commission on Aging Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Recommendations.
It’s that time again! The City of Austin’s Commission on Aging is preparing for fiscal year 2024 budget recommendations. The goal of the recommendations is to inform and educate City leadership on the programs and services needed to support older adults. Please share your concerns and/or opinions by completing this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AFASurvey2023E.
¡Tome la encuesta para personas mayores de la comunidad de Austin! Nos interesa conocer la opinión de los adultos mayores que residen en nuestra comunidad local. Sus comentarios ayudarán a la Comisión de Personas de la Tercera Edad a hacer recomendaciones para el próximo presupuesto de la Ciudad de Austin.
For more information regarding the survey or if you would like our staff to speak to your group directly, please contact us via email at: AgeFriendlyAustin@austintexas.gov or call Halana Kaleel at (512) 972-5019.
An Opportunity from AustinUp
Provide Feedback | Make a Difference | Earn $150!
Would you like to make a difference in products and services for older adults? A virtual 90-minute focus group event will be held in mid-October, and attendees earn $150 for their participation. If these apply to you …
- age 65 or older
- household income of $75K-$125K
- you have some assistance in the home for things like managing finances, transportation, meal prep, moving around, using the phone, getting mail, etc.
… then AustinUP encourages YOU to join a Focus Group!
End the FDA’s ban on queer men donating blood
Currently, sexually active queer men cannot donate blood if they’ve participated within the past 3 months. There are no exceptions for monogamous relationships, protected sex, or negative STI test results. Not only do current scientific findings reject these policies, but these regulations are not applied to heterosexual individuals in the same way. This policy is discriminatory and wrong, and we are working to bring bring it to an end.
Sign the Petition at:
Work & Health Experiences Questionnaire
The Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging is a community organization partner with a research study on LGBTQ+ work and health experiences led by Dr. Elizabeth K. Eger at Texas State University. We are excited to include older adults in our project. If you would like to participate in this study, you are invited to complete a confidential questionnaire to understand your organizational and health communication experiences as an LGBTQ+ Texan.
It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You must be at least 18 years old to take this questionnaire, live in the state of Texas, identify as LGBTQ+, and have worked at least 1 month since March 2020.
Please note, in the questionnaire, we will ask for the specific language you use to describe your sex, gender identity, and sexuality identities and experiences. By LGBTQ+, we mean are you a part of queer, trans, and/or intersex communities. Also, work can be part-time, temporary, caregiving, and any form of work. You do not need to be currently employed or a U.S. citizen to complete this survey.
10 participants who complete the questionnaire will receive a $10 gift card through a random drawing. Additionally, participants will be asked if they are willing to complete a follow-up Zoom or phone interview (75-90 minutes) and drawing activity (10-minutes). If you are chosen for the interview and drawing activity, all selected interview participants will receive a $40 gift card. We appreciate your consideration to take our questionnaire, participate in a potential interview, and share with your LGBTQ+ Texas friends and networks. Please visit this link or follow the QR code on our flyer: bit.ly/LGBTQTexansWork
The national organization SAGE will be undertaking a new strategic direction – with a special emphasis on those elders previously left behind.
Check out the Announcements in the Newsletter
QWELL events, EMBRACE,
Austin LGBT Elder Task Force, etc
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.
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
In 2023, Coalition partner QWELL will:
1. Announce Austin’s first LGBTQIA+ Community Center location, which will include affordable housing, restaurant and retail, and clinical spaces for our nonprofit partners.
2. Help more than 70 local medical clinics complete their LGBTQIA+ Healthcare Equality Index certification, massively increasing access to queer-inclusive healthcare in Greater Austin.
3. Engage QTPOC and allies in QWELL’s huge Colors of Pride Gathering in June.
4. Distribute thousands more rainbow flags through our FreePrideFlag.com program.
5. Launch our digital tool to help LGBTQIA+ people in Greater Austin find friendly businesses, inclusive healthcare, and each other.
QWELL is accomplishing big things for our local LGBTQIA+ community, but we desperately need your financial support NOW to bring all these things to fruition.
You can also get involved a volunteer for our new Queering event series! Click here to sign up to help.
What the Coalition did last year:
Annual Report 2022
This has been an encouraging year for the Coalition with the addition of some new members to the Steering Committee with all kinds of new ideas and energy. Their enthusiasm along with the generous support of the The Helper Bees resulted in our first participation in Austin’s PRIDE parade this year. Part of the original impetus for forming the Coalition several years ago came from a young lady who questioned the lack of input in Austin’s Age-Friendly Plan by saying, “we don’t all wear little bitty bathing suits and ride on floats you know.” We didn’t succeed in getting her on the float this year and there weren’t a lot of “little bitty bathing suits,” but LGBT Seniors were loud and proud for PRIDE!
In addition to having fun we also continued to take care of the business side of an organization, moving from the financial sponsorship of AustinUP to our own bank account and acquiring insurance protection for our governing board. In our meeting this month we established rates for sponsoring organizations and will be welcoming those as we continue to provide advocacy for our community.