To improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ seniors by helping seniors live meaningful lives with dignity and independence. We accomplish our mission daily by providing camaraderie, education, support and advocacy for our members.
A small group of LGBTQ+ seniors gathered for their inaugural meeting in February 2018, where they discussed aging, mentorship, concerns with hospice care, acceptance in the community and other common struggles faced in their age group. Today, that group has grown to more than 140 members. Now, senior residents of eastern Washington and North Idaho, identifying as LGBTQ+, have a supportive group to share friendship and discuss community issues.
WHAT WE DO
Led by an all-volunteer steering committee, the LGBTQ+ Seniors group hosts monthly activities, including Zoom Social Hours, gatherings at area restaurants, and a potluck luncheon. Guest speakers are often invited to address the group on topics such as in-home long-term care, affordable housing, estate planning, and how and where to find legal help.
Members of the LGBTQ+ Seniors group also participate in annual community events, such as Spokane’s annual Pride Parade and Festival in RiverFront Park.
CODE OF CONDUCT
When we gather, whether it be in-person or via zoom, we will treat each other with respect and kindness through our actions and through our words by:
Demonstrating respect for the viewpoints and experiences of other members.
Keeping our comments brief, thus allowing everyone time to contribute without being interrupted.
Being considerate of boundaries; no touching or hugging others without permission.
Keeping what others say in confidence, unless given permission to share.
Not harassing other members, and by avoiding sexual inuendo and politically charged comments.