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Events: LGBT Elder Initiative Hosts ‘Gettin’ Older with HIV’ – Sept. 20

older HIV

Visit the LGBT Elder Initiative website for full details: 

Saturday, September 20
10:00 am – 12:30 p.m.

A free workshop to empower LGBT older adults affected by HIV/AIDS to access resources and services they need in order to age successfully.

HIV+ older adults face many unique health risks and social challenges. This workshop will:

Address some of the unique health risks faced by HIV+ older adults and equip participants with ways to reduce these risks. 

Identify important questions to ask your health care providers and help you understand the results of key lab tests
Explore new strategies to prevent social isolation, improve social/emotional wellness and cope with stigma and discrimination.

Review ways to know how, when and where to access relevant resources and services.

Provide an opportunity to meet new people, share experiences and expand your social and care support networks
Special Program Segment.

This program includes a special segment about medication safety, the medications that you are using and the importance of, and techniques for, maintaining adherence. You can meet one-on-one with a pharmacist who will review all of your medications and answer your medication-specific questions.

This program is free and open to the public. A light breakfast will be served.
St. Luke and the Epiphany
330 S. 13th Street, Phila., PA

To register or to receive more information, please contact the LGBT Elder Initiative.
phone: 267.546.3448
email: info@lgbtei.org

LGBT Funders Stop at the Mason-Dixon Line


From Inside Philanthropy:

It’s a little known fact that of the 8 million “out” LGBTQ Americans, an estimated third, or nearly 2.7 million, live below the Mason-Dixon line.

It’s also true that across the 14 states that constitute the South, none have passed employment protections for LGBT employees and none recognize same-sex marriages. And while LGBTQ southerners are most likely to be raising children, they are disproportionately likely to be doing so while living in poverty.

So you might think that the South would be a big focus of LGBT funders right now. And there you’d be wrong.

In fact, the region still struggles to garner the attention of these funders, according to an ongoing investigation by Funders for LGBTQ Issues, a New York based organization. Back in February, the group published its research in an initial report Out in the South: Building Resources for LGBTQ Advancement in the U.S. South, and promised more findings.

Continue at Inside Philantrhopy

I Would Learn to Play Hopscotch

StephanieMottBy Stephanie Mott

People sometimes ask me if I could go back and change one thing about my life, what would it be? I tell them, I would learn to play hopscotch. I think they might be looking for something more significant or something seemingly more philosophical, but I also think that learning to play hopscotch is the only answer for me. It is the one thing I might change, if I could.

One time, while presenting on being transgender, an audience member asked me – not in an inappropriate way, but out of curiosity as to how I would respond – if the technology existed to diagnose transgender in the womb, would it be ethical to intervene?

The answer to that question is contained in the fact that the question itself is based in the idea that there is something wrong with gender non-conformity. So then, of course, the answer is no, why would you?

Pretty much the first half century of my life took place in an arena in which I believed there was something wrong with me. In the last several years, that delusion has been shattered and replaced with the knowledge that being transgender is actually kind of awesome to me. I wouldn’t change a thing.


The Amazon Trail: The Last Holiday

LeeLynchBy Lee Lynch

Why are we celebrating the obligation to toil most of our lives? Seriously, why is Labor Day an American holiday? Is it an excuse for one last blowout before – before what?

I’m tempted to research the origins of Labor Day, though I have no doubt that I learned all about it back in fourth grade. It’s never made sense to me to get a day off to celebrate work. Of course it’s never made sense to me that we have to expend so much of our energy to make money so we can spend money on such things as celebrating something with which most of us have a love/hate relationship: our jobs.

Even as a kid, Labor Day was no picnic for me. My parents might travel from Queens to see family in Boston, and we might fill a carload or two with parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. In the trunks would be coolers of iced liquids, sun tan lotion, towels, pails, shovels, diapers, beach balls, inflatable swimming gear, flippers, masks, snorkels, lawn chairs, and the rest of the paraphernalia required to have a few hours of fun, in our case, at sunny Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The ocean always turned out to be too cold for swimming, and the site was too windy for sunning, but there were some climbing rocks and a small playground, an ice cream stand and, for me, activities to help me forget I had to go back to dreaded school.


‘In Harmony with the Seasons – Herbs, Nutrition and Well-Being’ now available on Amazon

FINAL-eCover-LargeI know the posting here at lgbtSr has ground to a halt. I’ve been working on other projects, including the 4th Kyle Callahan Mystery and two main projects for MadeMark Publishing: an anthology of LGBT writers over 50 to be published later this year, and a collection of herbalist Cathy McNease’s writings on Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs, nutrition and well-being. Cathy, my sister, has written a column for this site for the past three years, as well as doing a regular ‘Health Listens with Cathy McNease‘ podcast.

Her book is an invaluable resource for herbal remedies, nutritional guidance and lifestyle adjustments to achieve optimum health. Many of her topics also deal with aging (menopause, sex and the aging woman, and our aging bodies in general). You can find both the print and ebook editions ON AMAZON NOW.

My plan for lgbtSr is to publishing very occasionally until the anthology is out by Thanksgiving (co-edited with Stephen Dolainski of RainbowGray.com), then have the time to return to really keeping up the content here. Hope you can bear with me. Stay tuned … and in the meantime, we’re alive and well at the lgbtSr Facebook page!  - Mark McNease/Editor

Dept. of Justice Arranges Settlement Between RV Park and Transgender Couple

David125By David Webb

The Rare Reporter

SEVEN POINTS, TEXAS – The U.S. Department of Justice arranged a mediated settlement recently between an Athens RV park owner and a transgender woman and her female partner who alleged discrimination.

In the settlement order dated July 9, George Toone, owner of Texan RV Park, continued to deny the discrimination allegations, but he agreed to pay Roxann Joganik and Darlina Anthony $4,000 to settle the case. Both the defendants and the complainants agreed in the settlement they would make no negative or critical comments of the other, and they agreed not to reveal any communications between them after reaching the agreement.

Joganik said that while she could not make any statements about the RV park owner, she criticized the Department of Justice for its handling of the case. Most discrimination cases get larger settlements, she claimed.


Author Sue Katz Joins the Aged to Perfection Podcast

SueJoin co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose as we welcome author and activist Sue Katz. Her new short story collection, Lillian’s Last Affair, is available now.

Sue is a wordsmith and rebel who has lived and worked on three continents: first as a martial arts master, then promoting transnational volunteering, and currently teaching fitness and dance to seniors and elders. Katz is an experienced and popular public speaker and event M.C. – as well as a lifelong activist who was in on the ground floor of both the women’s and gay liberation movements. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in anthologies, magazines, and online. She writes on a range of topics, not the least aging and sexualities. Lillian’s Last Affair was a three-year labor of love. She now lives in Arlington, MA. You can reach her at: sue.katz AT yahoo.com.