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Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging


November 2021 Newsletter

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

November 2021 Meeting

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP ANNUAL MEETING

Thursday, Nov 18, 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 Items:

Approval of the Steering Committee recommendation to set annual dues at $0 for FY2022

Election of Steering Committee members

 

Here’s the link to the meeting:

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.
 

 
ANNUAL MEETING

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 3 PM
 
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. 
 

Elections

 
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. 
 

Dues

 
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.

2021 Annual Report

 
As required by our bylaws, we are providing an annual report of the Coalition’s activities for the 2021 year.
 
Despite the challenges that the pandemic continued to raise during 2021, the Coalition has been able to move forward in several areas identified as priorities when the group was organized.
 
Strengthening Our Community:  the coalition worked with the City’s LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission and the consulting firm employed by the City to complete the first LGBTQ Quality of Life Study for Austin.  Our efforts were focused on encouraging senior participation in the Quality of Life Survey.  Given the added communications challenges presented by the pandemic shutdowns we also argued successfully for adding a senior focus group to get additional input and helped to recruit participants that reflected the diversity of Austin’s population.  The Quality of Life Study is completed and available on our website.  We are looking forward to actively engaging Coalition members as the work begins on implementing the Study recommendations.  The Coalition has also continued to support community organizations both old and new.  The Golden Generation lunch group has soldiered on during the pandemic, meeting virtually for their weekly conversations and games.  Their information is included on our website and in our newsletter.  We have also supported a new organization, Embrace, making great strides providing information and programming highlighting the LGBTQ community.
 
Housing: In 2021 the Coalition joined with Family Eldercare to design a pilot project to recognize LGBT supportive living facilities in Austin.  By developing the criteria essential to the LGBT community, providing information and assistance to residential property owners and/or property managers interested in our community, the pilot program could develop an inventory of LGBT supportive facilities – a guide for those in our community looking for appropriate housing. 
 
We continue to receive requests for assistance from people moving to Austin, people forced to relocate for economic reasons and people interested in alternatives to living alone as they age.  All of these are reminders that affordable and appropriate housing continues to be a significant challenge in our community.

HIV and Aging:  One of the issues identified in our original community forum was the aging population of HIV+ people both nationally and in the Austin area.  Our original effort to address this trend included development of a presentation outlining the demographics as well as some of the issues raised by this trend resulting from medical advances in the treatment of HIV.  In 2021 we concluded a series of forums featuring representatives of senior care agencies as well as folks from AIDS services organizations.  Originally designed as a series of luncheons the forums pivoted to a virtual environment as a result of the pandemic.  The goal was to familiarize agencies with the changing challenges ahead: for senior service agencies, clients dealing with the effects of long-term HIV; for AIDS services organization the added complications of aging for the clients they had been assisting in dealing with HIV. 
 
Organization Development:  In 2021 the Coalition was recognized as a nonprofit corporation by the State of Texas as well as a 501c3 nonprofit by the IRS, marking the completion of a series of steps since our original organization.  From the beginning we have been assisted by AustinUP, first in putting together the community conversation that led to the formation of the Coalition and as we developed by acting as our financial sponsor.  Our hats are off to Teresa Ferguson as well as the AustinUP Board for their assistance and support!
 
Challenges:  As we close the year and look ahead, we must also be aware of areas where we have failed to achieve our objectives.  As we were forewarned by those who have come before us in this effort, those in our community most in need of assistance have also been the most difficult to reach.  We also continue to work for greater involvement in our Steering Committee and in our projects.  We are especially in need of strengthening our diversity so that our approach is informed by the voices of all parts of our community. 
 
As always, we invite you to get involved.

 

QUALITY OF LIFE STUDY HAS
COME OUT

 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 a PDF Presentation summarizing the
Quality of Life Survey Findings


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

 
 


“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

Help with Housing


Housing is one of the traditional issues for seniors. The Coronavirus pandemic has made it even worse this past year. Here's some info about getting help in this time of crisis.

If you lost income due to the pandemic and your rent is going up, you can submit an application for City of Austin RENT (Relief for Emergency Needs of Tenants) to help mitigate the increase.
 
City of Austin RENT

https://austintexas.gov/rent
 
Travis County has a program too
 
And the State of Texas
 
You can only receive assistance from one program – no duplication of benefits! – however you can apply to two or more to see which one responds first. City of Austin RENT has been churning applications in about three weeks.
 
In the medium-term / long-term, you may qualify for affordable housing. (This probably also means downsizing.) City of Austin SMART Housing is for households at 30%, 60% and 80% of Area Median Income.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

AustinUP
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, 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.

RAINBOW FORUM

Sunday, December 5, 2:00 PM

Discussion of Austin's LGBTQ Quality of Life Study

      

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

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: 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

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! www.BenchmarkResearch.net or call 1.888.902.9605 
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/

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