“Aging in place? We are engaging in place!” – John, Pride Discussion Group Member and Senior Planet Supporter
This June, Senior Planet from AARP isn’t only celebrating Pride month – we’re celebrating the first anniversary of our Pride Discussion Group!
This social group meets virtually every Monday from 4-5pm ET to discuss current events, LGBT history, dating, friendship, or whatever is on our minds. The group is intended for older adults, age 60 and over, who identify as LGBT+ and are looking to connect with others in the community.
“Even though I am 2,000 miles from the ‘closest’ member, (Senior Planet) has brought us together in a warm and fun manner.”
Meeting virtually means that no matter where you live, our group can help you find community with other LGBT+ folks. As one participant said: “I am so delighted to have found our Pride Discussion Group at Senior Planet! Even though I am 2,000 miles from the “closest” member, (Senior Planet) has brought us together in a warm and fun manner.”
While there are usually around ten participants, the group is different every week. You can come every Monday, every few weeks or stop in sporadically to catch-up and meet some new faces! For some participants, this has proven to be a great way to stay connected to their old communities: “I’m a transplant to GA from NYC. Finding this group has been the best thing to happen to me here in Atlanta. It helps me stay connected to LGBT seniors and I also stay connected to my hometown!”
It’s been a fantastic first year and we can’t wait to see how our community continue to grow. Interested in joining the discussion and connecting with other LGBT older adults? Click here for event details!
But that’s not all!
To celebrate Pride month, Senior Planet will be hosting some very special events, both for members of the LGBT+ community and for allies, to learn about queer history, activism and joy.
Join us online for these exciting and pride-filled events:
Wednesday June 22, 3:00PM ET
*This event is open to any aged 60 and over. You do not need to identify as LGBT+ to join!
Thursday, June 30, 4:00PM ET
See you there!
Pam Hugi is Senior Planet’s Community and Advocacy Manager. Based in Brooklyn, she runs Senior Planet’s Supporter program in addition to being a contributing writer for this site. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.