Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NW LGBT Senior Care Providers Network Meeting - Friday March 25th

Vincent Lachina from Seattle Multi-Faith Works will speak this Friday at the monthly meeting of the NW LGBT Senior Care Providers Network that has been meeting for over a year.  The meetings started strong and have continued to increase in size and passion for networking regarding LGBT elder issues.  All are invited to attend and benefit from these meetings that rotate locations and are on the LBTQ Health - YWCA calendar on the 4th Fridays. 

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Fred Lind Manor

1802 17th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

9:00- 10:30 A.M.


Our Guest Speaker is Vincent Lachina – Seattle Multi-Faith
Works and outreach to the LGBT Community

The aging process is difficult for everyone, but for our Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Transgender (LGBT) seniors the perception of availability for resource and understanding amongst Senior Care providers can be very frustrating. In many cases resulting in forcing our LGBT Seniors to conceal who they are, often leading to a decrease in quality of life. It has become clear that there is a need for Healthcare providers who wish to outreach and care for LGBT Seniors to tighten their communication bridge, and work together to provide a better quality of care for the LGBT Seniors of Washington State.

We would like to thank Kristen Happe and the Team at Fred Lind Manor for hosting the March Meeting. We would also like to remind you that if you are interested in hosting a future meeting or have any questions about the March meeting, please let Tiffany Kopec know at (206)-714-6130 or on email at

Parking – There is available parking at The Polish Home parking lot located at 1714 18th Ave about ½ block away.

If you have already been attending the meetings, we encourage you to bring a guest or pass the information on to others!

This meeting is open to any and all that are interested!  Questions can be emailed to David Haack

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) announces July conference

OLOC Presents: 
A Regional Gathering of Old Lesbians
July 28-31, 2011 in Tacoma, WA
The theme is Community • Visibility • Action.

Keynote Speaker: Lillian Faderman

Award-Winning Author and Lesbian Historian

Entertainer: Lucie Blue Tremblay

French-Canadian Singer Songwriter
for registration information and more details,

Welcoming Old Lesbians from all over, but especially designed for women from the 
Pacific Northwest.

253-777-3425 (messages)

The 2011 Regional OLOC Gathering will take place at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Tacoma, WA, July 28 - 31. It is structured similarly to a national OLOC gathering.  The event will begin Thursday evening with a welcome and a special program.  Friday morning kicks off with a keynote speech by award-winning author and lesbian historian Lillian Faderman (

Friday and Saturday will be filled with panel discussions, group discussions, presentations and workshops. Friday evening there will be local entertainers and a dance. Saturday evening there will be a banquet and concert.  Lucie Blue Tremblay will be our entertainer for the evening The event will continue with a program on Sunday morning and conclude by 1 pm. Come prepared to have a good time, learn, share, reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Our headquarters will be the LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Tacoma. They have offered us a $99/night plus tax room rate for 1-4 in a room with 2 doubles or a king bed (king rooms also have a sleeper sofa). A continental breakfast is included. To get this rate you MUST CALL to make the reservation. The rates are available several days before and after the event as well.

Small refrigerators and microwaves are standard in king rooms and by special request for doubles. Call 253-383-0146 direct and press 6, front desk. (A word of advice: Don’t press #4 for reservations!) Tell them you are with the OLOC Regional Gathering. Or, call 866-527-1498 day-time (EST) only and reference this number: 0685GRLIFQ. If you ask for a handicap room and they say they’re all booked, clarify that all the handicap rooms are being held for our group.

A modest amount of funds has been raised for the purpose of assisting lesbians who could otherwise not attend the 2011 Regional Gathering. Priority will be given to women from within the region (which is defined as Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and British Columbia) but women from outside that area may be able to get funds to cover registration fees. If you would like to apply, please access the forms at  OLOC will take assistance applications until May 1. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by May 20. These early deadlines will enable you to finalize your plans as early as possible.

Thanks to OLOC for this information.