National OLOC Membership Statement (as of April 26, 2015)
OLOC is an organization of Old Lesbians. We are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Lesbian voice as well as increasing Lesbian visibility in a world that stifles it. OLOC challenges oppression in all of its forms, including ageism, ableism, racism, anti-Semitism, classism, sexism and transphobia. National OLOC is an ally to all who struggle for justice. In the LGBTQIA* community, we are the L. Therefore, National OLOC welcomes as members only those women who have reached their 60th year and who are Old Lesbians. We welcome all people as supporters.
The Arden Eversmeyer
Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project
We are collecting the herstories of Lesbians 70 years and older before their stories are lost forever.
They are an invisible population who were strong enough to live their lives and love whom they wanted in a hostile society. The project will include Lesbians with backgrounds ranging from blue-collar women to those with visible high-profile careers. Visit the Herstory Project page for more details.
OLOC is committed to remembering the lives of Old Lesbians. Find out how you can memorialize your favorite Old Lesbian friends and mentors who have died.
more about this project
Who We Are
We are a national network of Old Lesbians over age 60 working to make life better for Old Lesbians through support networks and by confronting ageism in our communities and our country using education and public discourse as primary tools.
Our national organization is directed by a Steering Committee that publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Reporter, and produces biennial National Gatherings where hundreds of us come together to share experiences and ideas and recharge our energies for the tasks at hand.
OLOC encourages Regional Gatherings and local chapters operating independently in their own communities. We love sharing our wisdom, experience, strengths and laughs among ourselves and our communities.
Asked to participate in Research? See OLOC Research Criteria here.
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OLOC stands with the movement called Black Lives Matter as it moves forward in the challenging work of creating change in the criminal justice system. In the words of one of the three (queer/Lesbian) founders, Alicia Garza, "Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise"; Black Lives Matter is "an affirmation of Black folks' contributions to this society, our humanity and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression." The term Black Lives Matter started as #BlackLivesMatter in reaction to the killing of Trayvon Martin. It grew into a movement and the name is part and parcel of that specific and particular movement.
Because OLOC works against the erasure and oppression of women, we also stand with a second movement, Black Women's Lives Matter, which is calling attention to the reality that Black women lose their lives and freedom in the criminal justice system as well as men and it is often underreported. Right now this group is working to bring about justice for Marissa Alexander, who was imprisoned for shooting a legally owned gun into the air to frighten away her abusive husband, who was threatening to again commit violence against her.
For more information on both of these movements, contact email@example.com for suggestions of things to read. OLOC members involved in the Black Lives Matter and the Black Women's Lives movements are invited to send us stories of what you have been doing.