Senior Services has been proud to serve the older LGBT community through its programs, community members, and partnerships with community providers. The below picture shows staff and community members marching in this year’s Pride Parade in Seattle.
Other activities we have been involved in include:
- A LGBT Aging Your Way Gathering was held at The Central on June 7, 2011. Volunteers for action teams previously formed by the Elder Summit and for additional action teams were gathered after robust discussions on what we want our community to look like in the future.
- Senior Services staff, board members and allies marched for the first time as an organization in the 2011 Pride Parade, the 37th annual Pride Parade celebrating our LGBT community.
- In 2011, Senior Services became a member of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GBSA). GSBA is Seattle’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the first of its kind in the country. It aims to create a vibrant global economy strengthened through the full participation of diverse communities.
- In 2010 Senior Services became a member of the Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers Network that has developed practice standards for organizations that provide services to older adults (assisted living, home care, transportation, etc.) to insure that they are welcoming and respectful to the LGBT community.
- Caring and Aging with Pride is the first ever national project funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging generating knowledge on health, aging, and care giving among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults, age 50 and older. Senior Services was one of the ten collaborating agencies from around the country that worked with the University of Washington in helping to disseminate the surveys to the LGBT community in Seattle.