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they can see it anyway."

Morris to his grandson Harvey, as remembered by Stuart Milk

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SAGE Chapter Charlotte?
Charlotte LGBT Older Adults Community Conversation
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tonda Taylor Community Room at Time Out Youth Center

If you’re a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender person in your 60s or 70s, how do you identify? Are you part of the Silver Tsunami, a Senior, an Older Adult, an Elder, or Seasoned? And while you may not label yourself, gerontology studies are being conducted around the world about the aging LGBT population. SAGE (Support and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) leads in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years. Does Charlotte need or want a SAGE Chapter? The community has dozens of LGBT social and service organizations, but who is taking action on LGBT elder Basic Health Care, Caregiving Issues, Financial Insecurity, Social Isolation and Access to Aging Services? sageusa.org

“There are many resources available in our community for older adults,” said Dan Kirsch, organizer of the Community Conversation, “but there is rarely a focus on LGBT people.” Kirsch has spent the past year fundraising for the local LGBT youth organization. “While older adults were happy to contribute to youth programs, they also asked what programs and services were available for LGBT elders.”

A Community Conversation for LGBT Older Adults will be held on Monday, October 23 at 7:00pm in the Tonda Taylor Community Room at Time Out Youth Center, 3800 Monroe Road in Charlotte. For purposes of the initial conversation, Older Adult is considered 55+. Shelley Hamill, Ph.D. will facilitate this first conversation. Shelley is a professor at Winthrop University, and a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. She teaches various courses in Health and Health Education at the graduate and undergraduate level in the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance. She is also an advisor for Safe Zones, a program designed to increase understanding and provide identified safe spaces for everyone on campus with a specific focus on the LGBT population.  

“I’m looking forward to hearing people’s thoughts on this issue,” stated Kirsch. “There have been other attempts to organize programs in the past. Perhaps this is the time where we can strategize together to build an important resource for the community. Let’s see if there is energy to sustain something. ” The October 23 community conversation is a free event. Questions can be directed to Kirsch via email at charlottelgbtelders@gmail.com. People who are interested in the issue, but not able to attend the October 23 conversation, are welcome to email Kirsch who will start a contact list. Non-profit social service organizations that currently provide services or programs to LGBT older adults are asked to email Kirsch with information that can be shared on a resource list.

Email: charlottelgbtelders@gmail.com

Harvey Milk Day 2017 !

We had a great time celebrating Harvey Milk Day 2017 in Charlotte with four readings of the tribute play "Dear Harvey" on May 22 and 24.
Stories of Harvey Milk – the people he knew, the lives he changed. | By Patricia Loughrey | Music by Thomas Hodges
Intimate, surprising stories based on interviews with Harvey's nephew Stuart Milk, campaign manager Anne Kronenberg, AIDS Quilt founder Cleve Jones and other activists. This spirited tribute reaffirms his impact and the continued relevance of his campaign towards equality, almost four decades after his assassination. Harvey Milk would have been 87 in 2017.

Please see the Dear Harvey Archive Page for more information. And see you May 22, 2018 at the next Harvey Milk Day event!

Donate to Green Hair Creatives

Any donations will be used for Green Hair Creative projects (for royalties, marketing and printing costs, space rental, etc.) Donations are tax-deductible thru fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas. Harvey Milk was famous for standing on a soapbox and delivering his message through a bullhorn; he owned a camera store; and he would say "I am all of us" to convey his vision of equality. Support Green Hair Creative's work with a gift of $87 (I am a Bullhorn), $57 (I am a Camera), or $27 (I am All of Us).


Harvey Milk Foundation
Patricia Loughrey, Playwright
Thomas Hodges, Composer


Dan Kirsch | Creative Director
GHC Email | dearharvey@gmail.com
Website updated September 29, 2017