Diverse Elders at Creating Change: Breaking New Ground and Taking the Long View

As a conference that brings together thousands of social justice-minded LGBT people and organizations from around the country, Creating Change has been an important space for me for more than a decade. I’m proud to have played a small role in some of their ground-breaking programming, such as the first ever Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) day-long institute (which helped grease the wheel for our colleagues in Latino and African American communities to follow suit), and the first ever official Creating Change observance of Lunar New Year. The National LGBTQ Task Force brought this year’s conference to Chicago this past weekend and, as usual, created an important space for the LGBTQ communities.

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Queer People of Color (QPOC) Elders Caucus at Creating Change 2016

The National LGBTQ Task Force held its annual Creating Change Conference in Chicago, IL this past week, and it was insightful and awesome. The conference offered several workshops to address the needs of diverse elders. I had the honor to co-facilitate the Queer People of Color (QPOC) Elders Caucus with Vega Subramaniam and Ben Guzman as we engaged in rich conversation with diverse elders across this country to explore the needs and perceived barriers to adequately service our LGBTQ seniors.

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This quick glimpse into the genuine lives of our participants expanded our knowledge and helped us develop a brief list of concerns for.... Read More

             

Rage Against the Dying of the Light: Aging from Diverse Perspectives

SAGE is proud to be presenting on a panel with our partners in the Diverse Elders Coalition at the upcoming LGBT Policy Conference, Creating Change, taking place this week in Chicago. The panel is entitled, “Rage Against the Dying of the Light: Aging from Diverse Perspectives.”

The panel will discuss the specific needs that diverse elders have as they age and whether current programs, services, supports, and laws allow us to meet the needs of these growing and intersecting populations. It will delve into a variety of “isms” and phobias, from racism and ageism to transphobia and biphobia. And it will explore what we can do at the federal, state, and local levels to address the.... Read More

             

Growing Older Together: Queer People of Color and Aging

As I get older, I find myself having more and more questions about how best to care for my aging parents, how my wife Mala and I can best plan for our retirement and beyond, and how we can best support and remain active in our LGBTQ people of color movements. I also see for the first time a critical mass of queer people of color (QPOC) who have been out for years or even decades, and are now at or near retirement age.

So I’m more excited than ever about the upcoming Creating Change conference in Chicago from January 20-24. We’ll have several opportunities for conversations with other QPOC elders who are grappling with these same questions and.... Read More

             

Connecting the Dots at Creating Change

Next week, our friends at the National LGBTQ Task Force are holding their annual Creating Change conference, the largest LGBTQ social justice conference in the country. With a mission of advancing LGBTQ liberation, Creating Change is expected to bring 5,000 activists from around the country to Chicago this January 20-24th. As a longtime participant in this conference, which has taken place annually for 28 years, I look forward to this yearly opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues from around the country, to meet new people, and to continue learning about the great work happening in communities everywhere.

This year, I’m excited to be part of ground-breaking programming at Creating Change specifically geared to a unique Read More