Helping LGBTQ+ older adults age with health, happiness, and pride
Our programs foster a sense of belonging for all LGBTQ+ older adults particularly those who are isolated, vulnerable, disabled and at risk. We also participate in local, statewide, and national advocacy efforts for the betterment of the LGBTQ+ and mainstream older adult community.
We believe civic engagement leads to a better life in later years and that our success is attributed to the passion of our dedicated volunteers.
Our mission is to support older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) residents of the East Bay achieve and maintain a high quality of life through community building, education, and advocacy.
Statement of Solidarity
On Memorial Day, Monday, 25th of May 2020, the nation and the world watched a horrific live video of three Minneapolis police officers suffocating George Floyd, a 6’6″ tall muscular 46-year-old black man – handcuffed behind his back, pushed to the pavement flat on his stomach, a cruel knee to his neck and four knees to his back – while he begged for his life, invoked his long-dead mother and – after saying “I can’t breathe” 20+ times – took his last jagged breath. The evil deed was finished in eight minutes and forty-six seconds. But the impact of that “last straw,” will, hopefully, be the catalyst for making the long-overdue changes in our country and its attitudes toward “public safety” – particularly as it affects black Americans and other People of Color – in fundamental ways.
Sixteen days after that tragic event and countless street demonstrations around the country and the world, at the 10th June meeting of Lavenders Seniors of the East Bay’s Board of Directors, it was decided that the multiple-issue organization should show its solidarity with several movements that had taken to the streets, including “Black Lives Matters” and “Stop Killing Black People.” Read our Statement of Solidarity, which was published in our July newsletter.
Lavender Seniors advances its mission through direct services, outreach, advocacy and education.