Golden Threads is a contact publication for lesbians, published 4 times a year in March, June, September and December. It is a world wide network, founded in 1985 by Christine Burton, because she was refused membership in a pen pal network due to her age of 50. She vowed that one day, she would create something for the older and mid-life lesbian, to end loneliness and isolation, and that no one would be denied membership due to their age.
There have been members as young as 19 and boasted the oldest living lesbian in the United States, Ruth Ellis, who was a lifetime member until the age of 101. Sadly, she passed away 5 October 2000!!! Any lesbian age 85 or over, need only send a photo copy of her birth certificate, and membership in Golden Threads is free for life.
The editor can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force)
Issues on Aging
LGBT people face a number of particular challenges as they age. They often do not have access to adequate health care, affordable housing and other social services that they need due to institutionalized heterosexism and transphobia. Mainstream senior providers have limited information or training in how to appropriately work with and serve our diverse communities. Existing regulations and proposed policy changes in programs like Social Security or Medicare, which impact millions of LGBT elders, are discussed without our views and interests as part of the debate. The Task Force is working on several fronts to ensure that the needs of LGBT elders are not ignored.
SAGE is a social service organization dedicated to meeting the unique needs of the senior gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. It is committed to providing high quality, life enriching programs and services in an intergenerational environment that values age, gender, racial, religious, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity.
SAGE is further committed to fostering a greater understanding of aging, to promoting positive images of life in the later years, and to supporting and advocating for the rights of senior gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in both the gay and straight communities.
Lesbians over age 50 have a lot to celebrate about. We celebrate our age, who we are and that we have another place to congregate. Since 2000, we have been a spin-off of Golden Threads. As they meet annually in Provincetown, MA in June, we convene six months later in January at St. Pete Beach, FL. Younger Lesbians are not excluded, and you can’t be too old either.
We settled on the Dolphin Beach Resort as our “home”. It is recently refurbished and on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico. Ideally located across from a shopping center, close to restaurants and with a trolley stop right outside. One can use this trolley to get over the Intracoastal to visit the small community of Gulfport, affectionately called "DykePort." An integrated city packed with Lesbians! Or one can travel further to downtown St. Petersburg.
Sounds & Furies Productions
Sounds & Furies is a small yet diversified business producing concerts, workshops, retreats and special events throughout the year, mostly in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
They will be holding the Bold, Old(er) Lesbians & Dykes
4TH Annual Westcoast Conference
in September 2008
Please note, younger women are very much welcome.
WE have singer/songwriter/lesbian icon FERRON performing on Saturday evening AND presenting two workshops!
We have Evelyn C. White, Alice Walker’s biographer, presenting on Friday Evening.
We have a pre-conference boat cruise with dinner and dancing on Wednesday September 3.
We have a women’s marketplace so you can spend your lesbian/dyke $$’s on woman-made products.
We have a booking at the Coast Plaza – comfortable and accessible.... Where even your dog is welcome!
We have an exciting and new lineup of workshops, presenters and social events.
The voice of mid-life and older women changing lives.
National Organization for Women
NOW is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States. Their purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in society — sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination.
American Society on Aging
Founded in 1954, the American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. The membership of ASA is a multidisciplinary array of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging. They range from practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people, researchers, students, and more.
ASA offers a diverse array of renowned educational programming, outstanding publications and state-of-the-art information and training resources, and the largest and most dynamic network of professionals in the field of aging.
Shewolf's Directory of Wimmin's Lands and Lesbian Communities
A lively social networking group for women 5O and over. Enjoy support, both serious and humorous conversations, bantering, plus, annual meet-ups at various locations. A great way to meet articulate fun women!
Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LesRenegades50