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Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging


August 2021 Newsletter

More information on the Coalition is on our website at algbtcoa.org.

July 2021 Meeting
Thursday, August 19, 2021, 2 PM

We are meeting virtually.

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
 
We have a very special Steering Committee meeting scheduled for next Thursday, August 19, 2:00pm (virtual). 
Ryn Gonzales and Melissa Taylor (Chair and Vice-Chair of the City’s LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission) will be joining us for a discussion of the LGBTQ Quality of Life Study which is scheduled to be presented to City Council, the Commission and the public in late September by the consulting firm hired by the City.
 
What will this mean for our community?  What are the next steps?  You’ve got a front seat with your name on it, come be a part of the discussion. 



The link is
LGBT Steering Committee Meeting on Teams

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

July Steering Committee Action

 
The Steering Committee passed a resolution in their July meeting making recommendations to the City’s LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission regarding the Quality of Life Study.  The recommendations (below) reflected the Steering Committee’s view of the importance of this study as a milestone in our community’s history that should be celebrated and those that participated in this accomplishment gratefully acknowledged.  The recommendations further urged the Commission to commit to an open and transparent implementation process with established measurable goals and regular reporting to the community. 
 

Resolution
 
Whereas the LGBTQ population of Austin has long sought recognition and culturally appropriate assistance from the City of Austin, and
 
Whereas, the 2016 Community Conversation for LGBTQ Austin seniors identified how the lack of a communication platform, meeting space, and analysis of our populations demographics are all challenges to forming and maintaining a cohesive community, and
 
Whereas the establishment of the LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission and the funding of a LGBTQ Quality of Life Study were two significant achievements in our development story whose importance depends in part on how well they are understood and owned by the community as a whole,
 
Now therefore be it resolved that the Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging urges the City of Austin LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission to make a public commitment to an open and transparent process for implementing the Quality of Life Study as a cornerstone for bringing our community together, and
 
Be it further resolved that the Coalition Secretary is hereby authorized to provide this resolution to the members of the City of Austin LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission along with the more comprehensive letter outlining the rationale for our action.

 
 
Letter
 
To: City of Austin LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission

      The Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging has great interest in the work of the City’s Quality of Life Commission. As a volunteer organization, established in a community townhall meeting, the ALGBTCOA speaks for the needs and concerns of LGBTQ seniors. The Coalition has been an active participant in the work of the Commission, especially regarding the current Quality of Life Study. 
     We understand we will soon see the Quality of Life Study findings. As senior members of the community, we have a personal understanding of all the work that it has taken over the years to bring us to this point. This is an historic occasion, a big deal, a cause for celebration.
     One of the intended benefits we have hoped for from such a study is that it would bring us together as a community. To do that it must be an open and transparent process with clear and measurable goals that are reported on and updated regularly. We owe a report to those who participated by volunteering their input; they should be acknowledged, celebrated, and provided access to the study.
The Coalition on Aging Steering Committee encourages the Commission to make a commitment now for an inclusive, open and transparent implementation and to take this opportunity to bring the community together in another townhall-like meeting to present the findings.
    We recognize that it will take time and resources to produce such an event, and so we urge you now to develop a plan for presenting the findings and recommendations of the Commission. We think you need to engage the community, including the nonprofits and allies, and offer them the opportunity to financially support the celebration and publicize both the Study and the Implementation. 
    The LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission is something we have worked long and hard for. Now that its work is bringing results, we need to see you step out and lead.

Steering Committee
LGBT Coalition on Aging

 


“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 office@uprisingaustin.org 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.
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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 contact@algbtcoa.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

RAINBOW FORUM

Sunday, September 5, 2:00 PM

What was your most embarrassing moment?
What is embarrassment? Why do we feel this emotion?
What's it good for? What it's bad for?

      
The Austin Rainbow Forum will meet both in person and in a Zoom video chat room. For questions about joining the Rainbow Forum, email us at forumaustin@gmail.com.

Austin Prime Timers
Sunday, September 12th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.


Writers at Work

Two member of Austin Prime Timers will talk about their experiences as writers
This session will feature Tom Doyal and Toby Johnson

For info: https://chapters.theprimetimersww.com/austin/


LINKS & RESOURCES


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: https://embraceaustin.com


https://embraceaustin.com/

 
QueerBomb is organizing an Austin Queer History Project.
They are looking for people to interview.
Contact them at queerbomb.submissions@gmail.com

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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. https://livecantina.com/

NEWS
FYI
 
AustinUp, the Coalition's fiscal sponsor, has a webpage with Covid-19 related resources
 
The Coalition website has more links to Covid-related issues.
https://algbtcoa.org/resources-for-covid-19/
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