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Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging

October 2021 Newsletter

More information on the Coalition is on our website at

October 2021 Meeting
Thursday, Oct 21, 2021, 3 PM

We are meeting virtually.
Note that change of time from 2 to 3 pm

The Coalition on Aging Steering Committee Meetings are open to all. Members of the Coalition and ALL recipients of this email announcement are invited—and urged—to attend.

You’re Invited

Agenda: Discussion and update on current projects.  The October agenda does not include any items of business other than the approval of the previous month’s minutes. 


Here’s the link to the meeting:

LGBT Steering Committee Meeting on Teams



To continue the work of the Coalition, public participation is needed. Email for more info.


Thursday, November 18, 2021, 3 PM
The bylaws of the Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging require that we hold an annual meeting each year in the fall and that the membership of the Coalition be informed of that meeting and the business to be conducted at least thirty days in advance.  At the September meeting of the Steering Committee the annual business meeting was set for November 18 at 3pm. 

The meeting will be conducted virtually and the link for the meeting will be posted in advance on our website,  The Coalition bylaws as amended are also available on the website,
There are two items of business that must be covered in the annual meeting: elections and dues.  To provide some context on those two items, here’s some background information. 


The bylaws provide for a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary as the officers of the Coalition as well as a Steering Committee which includes the officers and is responsible for “overseeing the Coalition’s direction, affairs and property”.  The Steering Committee has up to fifteen members authorized by the bylaws. The Chair, Treasurer and Secretary are elected for two-year terms. Those positions are currently held by Charles Curry, Chair; Barry Waller, Treasurer; and Fred Lugo, Secretary.  All were elected at the Annual Meeting in 2020 and will begin the second year of their second term with 2021 Annual Meeting. Therefore the meeting agenda will not include officer elections this year as there are no officer positions vacant. Because the bylaws prohibit officers from holding the same office for more than two consecutive terms, the current officers will be ineligible for election to the office they currently hold at the Annual Meeting to be held in 2022. 
Steering Committee members are also elected for two year terms but are not limited in the number of terms they can be elected to serve.  Our current Steering Committee members that began their current term with the 2020 election include: Toby Johnson and Dylan Lowery. In addition the Steering Committee may appoint individuals to serve in vacant positions between Annual Meetings but those appointed must stand for election at the next Annual Meeting. We currently have one Steering Committee member, Paul Gilmore, who was appointed by the Steering Committee since the last Annual Meeting. The Steering Committee voted to nominate Paul for election at this year’s meeting.  An additional Steering Committee appointee, Abi Steinsiek, has returned to a full-time student load and will not stand for election. 
Additional positions on the Steering Committee may be filled by nominations at the Annual Meeting.  Members are encouraged to review responsibilities involved as outlined in the bylaws, investigate the possibility of serving on the Steering Committee and stand for election at the November meeting.
The agenda for the Annual Business Meeting will include an item for elections to the Steering Committee. 


The bylaws also provide for membership dues to be set each year at the Annual Meeting and require that the Steering Committee make a recommendation on the amount of the dues and provide that along with notice of the meeting at least thirty days in advance.  At the Steering Committee meeting in September a recommendation to the membership that dues remain at $0 for the next fiscal year was unanimously approved.  In light of the ongoing expenses of the Coalition which at this point have consisted primarily of charges associated with providing a website as well as occasional promotional expenses the Steering Committee has ongoing discussions about revenue options including charges for newsletter advertisements and organizational/business membership dues. 
The agenda for the Annual Business Meeting will include an item to set the dues for the next fiscal year with the Steering Committee recommendation being $0.



 The LGBTQ Quality of Life Study is available for your review.  The first official study of the Austin LGBTQ community’s quality of life has been made available for download from the City of Austin website

Click here to download the
Quality of Life Survey Findings

Click here to download the full Report, titled Priorities for Action

The LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission will host a second virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss the Quality of Life study on Thursday, October 21 from 12-1pm.  You can register for this event at

“Golden Generation”

The “Golden Generation” is a group for 60+ LGBTQ seniors and their partners/allies that has been meeting virtually on a weekly basis during the pandemic.  The group is planning to resume in person twice-a-week sessions some time when Health Department guideline say it is safe.  In the meantime, all are welcome to join the virtual get togethers. If you are interested in participating send an email to and look for instructions by email the first of each week.

More information on the “Golden Generation” is available on our website under the Senior Resources>Austin Resources>Senior Services tab.  The website will also be updated with the dates and times for in person meetings if and when that information is available.  


About the ALGBT Coalition on Aging

The Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging has been granted incorporation as a non-profit from the state of Texas.


Steering Committee Membership

      Membership is open to all regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, or gender identification. Meetings are open to all. The Steering Committee meets monthly, almost always less than two hours.  Currently those meetings are held virtually so there is no time spent in traffic.  It’s a great opportunity to be more involved in the direction of the Coalition and get better acquainted with folks like yourself who are interested in improving the lives of LGBT seniors in Austin

If you would like to have more information about serving on the Steering Committee, please contact us at


Age-friendly Austin Forum Series

Remaining Forums (save the dates!)
Each forum will begin at 1 p.m., end at 3:30 p.m. and feature two 45-minute panels with time in between for audience Q&A and resource sharing.

Thursday, October 21: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
Thursday, November 18: Transportation
Thursday, December 9: Social Participation

PRE-REGISTER FOR ALL AGE-FRIENDLY AUSTIN FORUMS VIA THIS EVENTBRITE FORM! You will receive updates on speakers and presentations as each date approaches. All sessions will be recorded.


Sunday, November 7, 2:00 PM

What are the challenges of post-covid going to be?


The Austin Rainbow Forum will meet in a Zoom video chat room. For questions about joining the Rainbow Forum, email us at

Austin Prime Timers
Monthly General Meeting -- on Zoom

Sunday, November 14th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Expected to be in person at MCC Austin,
8601 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78748
The guest speaker will be Eric Webb,
360 Entertainment Editor,
Austin American Statesman

Prime Timers is a social organization that provides gay and bisexual men with opportunities to come together in a safe and supportive atmosphere to develop friendships and to enjoy and participate in social, educational, cultural, recreational, and community activities and events. 
A member chapter of Prime Timers Worldwide.

For info:



Austin LGBT Elder Task Force

 LGBTQIA-Fun-Force now on MeetUp

Sponsored by the Austin LGBT Elder Task Force
Campfire Queer Storytime

Embrace Austin is a coalition of LGBTQIA2+ individuals, organizations, and businesses in Austin. We aim to build bridges between queer people and queer initiatives, boost Austin’s queer economy, and set a new standard for cultural competency in LGBTQIA2+ Austin. We do this through hosting collaborative events, offering a robust membership, and leading with multiply-marginalized LGBTQIA2+ people. For more information:


See flyer above:

On Saturday, October 23rd at 2:30 pm we will be hosting the first of a series of LGBTQIA2+ Austin Virtual Showcases. This specific event will be focusing on and honoring National Coming Out Day, and queer and trans authors, poets, songwriters, and creatives in Austin who would like to share their work. There will be a variety of presenters sharing their work, stories, and answering audience questions. The goal of the event is to further connect queer and trans folks in Austin, give the opportunity for queer and trans creatives to share their work and be compensated, and fundraise for Embrace Austin, and our partnering organizations OutYouth, and ChrysalisQ


If you are interested in registering for the free event or donating, please visit this form. 

Benchmark Research is a member of the ALGBTCOA
Did you know that all medicine on the market takes part in a clinical research trial with volunteers? Since the COVID-19 pandemic more people are learning about the importance of clinical research trials than ever before and choosing to take part.  Benchmark Research - a globally trusted clinical research company based in Austin, Texas with sites nationwide is looking for volunteers of all ages for a variety of studies. Volunteers will be compensated. Sign up for a study today! or call 1.888.902.9605 
QueerBomb is organizing an Austin Queer History Project.
They are looking for people to interview.
Contact them at


The Coalition on Aging is also collecting historical artifacts and welcoming audio and video interviews/programs/podcasts about Austin's LGBTQ community history in coordination with the Austin History Center.
Check out The Memory Project

The Cantina Adult Living Project, mentioned in earlier newsletters, is moving forward with their plans for a residential community in Buda. The property at 767 Main St. has been purchased. While the project is not specifically LGBTQ, the organizers are.

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