PS OLOC distributes a recurring publication connecting old lesbians throughout the Puget Sound area to form community and encourage participation in activities and causes that work to improve our lives and increase our visibility.
|A house concert, an ice cream social and reports on a visit from a Cuban lesbian and the OLOC Coordinators' meeting
|Pride Season and a trek to NW Trek
|A film event, a house concert, several repeating activities...and what happened to "Seniors"?
|All-PSOLOC Get-together: Watch the video, Light of Change. Plus Help Wanted, and save the date for another house concert--Judy Fjell!
|Our own Kathy Prez makes an appearance on Upworthy! Plus turkey times 2, Concert-in-a-House, and...a website made with coffee and pizza?
|PS OLOC members, Aganita Varkentine and Sue Weinheimer once again rode in the Seattle Pride parade with the NW LGBT Senior Care Providers Network
|It's easy to get wrapped up in what we are doing in our own lives, and in our local chapter, PS OLOC
|PS OLOC women recently presented “Our Stories, Our Voices: Insights into Lives of Lesbians 70 and Older” on a college campus in Olympia, WA
|PS OLOC will be presenting a workshop at the Queer I Am: A LGBTQ Student + Leadership Summit.
|Dorothy Allison gave a presentation at the OLOC Gathering in Oakland this past summer, and since it was taped, and since PS OLOC obtained a copy
OLOC, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change
OLOC is 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. OLOC 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.
PS OLOC also works together for change with other activist organizations.
- Tacoma Lesbian Concern (TLC)
- Coming out Women
- Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)
- Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers Network
- LGBTQ Allyship
- Aging Lesbians in South Seattle (ALISS)
- Over 40’s Group
Tacoma Lesbian Concern (TLC)
TLC is a Puget Sound lesbian, bisexual and transgender organization, in existence since the late ‘70s. The organization provides opportunities for socializing, arranges supportive networking, and furnishes education and awareness. TLC publishes a full color bimonthly newsletter (TLC News and calendar) by email or hard copy, and has a website. Current annual membership is $20/year.
Adress : TLC Treasurer, PO Box 99035, Tacoma, WA 98496
Contact : email@example.com
Coming out Women
COWomen is a confidential support + networking (not therapy, but therapeutic) group for women primarily in mid-to-late adulthood. For lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning women exploring coming out or “been-out-forever”. New-to-the-area, married (to woman or man) or not, with children (or grands) or not, never been with a women, just lost a partner, starting a relationship, and allies. We gather for the purpose of listening and sharing with one another as we talk together as women-loving-women. Out subtitle is AWE: Authenticity, Wholeness, and Empowerment, as we value and progress towards: authenticity : being truly who we are; wholeness being all of who we are; empowerment : moving through life as healthy and strong-spirited women.
Meeting : 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday and the last Thursday of each month.
Location : University Place Library, 3609 Market Pl W, University Place(Tacoma), WA
Contact/Info : www.comingoutwomen.org, Kathy P. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)
PSARA is engaged in a variety of activities and educational work, including the production and distribution of monthly newsletter, The Retiree Advocate. PSARA informs members of various political actions and meetings and invites participation. Aganita Varkentine (of QC3) is on the executive board of PSARA. She also serves on the Diversity Committee, representing old lesbians and she works with the Education Committee. The group believes that seniors need and deserve dependable income, comprehensive affordable health care, including prescription drug coverage, access to affordable housing, transportation and social services, support for out family care giving responsibilities and time to relax and enjoy life family and friends. Develop a workshop on the specific economic needs of your community.
Contact : Email : http://psara.org Phone : (360)-448-9646 President : Robby Stern – email@example.com
Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers Network
The Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers is an informal network of senior care providers of all kinds working together to provide advocacy and quality of care for the LGBT seniors of Washington State. It is based on the need to help educate care providers and health care professionals about the needs in the aging LGBT community. We serve as an informal network that is based on the collaboration between community organizations and businesses. The group meets on a monthly basis with guest speakers discussing a wide variety of topics focusing on LGBT elders. Various members of PSOLOC, mainly QCCC members, attend the meetings and offer our input.
The Providers’ Network sponsors a float in Seattle’s annual Pride Parade, and PSOLOC members are invited to ride on the float.
Contact/Info : http://www.nwlgbtseniorcare.org,
David Haack at (206)-849-3511, firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTQ Allyship (Organizing for Social and Economic Justice) is an organization of LGBTQs and Allies who believe that all oppressions are interconnected and in the possibility of a world free of oppression. The organization seeks to work in solidarity with marginalized communities to understand the interconnectedness of oppression and to support the systematic liberation of all people. Values fostered are activism, strategies and practices that reflect anti-racism, as well as social justice, compassion, democracy and accountability.
Contact : http://www.allyship.org
Aging Lesbians in South Seattle (ALISS)
ALISS (Aging Lesbians in South Seattle) is a group of older lesbians, most of whom live in the South Seattle area, who meet once a month at the local Senior Center to connect and create community.
Meeting : 1st Thursday of Every month at Southeast Senior Center, 4655 South Holly Street Seattle, WA 98118. They gather for lunch at the Southeast Center at 11:30 A.M. and continue meeting at 12:30 P.M.
Contact : ALISSquestions@gmail.com or Fai at email@example.com
Over 40’s Group
A Seattle social club for lesbians that has met for close to 25 years. There are weekly meetings, with a facilitated discussion, currently every Tuesday night in Northeast Seattle, as well as other outside activities as announced. Seattle PS OLOC, Over 40’s, and ALISS cross-post their activities and welcome one another to each group’s activities.
Contact : Pat Stell : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eversmeyer, Arden, and Margaret Purcell (2010). The Gift of Age: Life Stories of Old Lesbians.
- Eversmeyer, Arden, and Margaret Purcell (2012). Without Apology: Life Stories of Old Lesbians.
- Faderman, Lillian (2015). The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle.
- Visit OLOHP for more information at www.olohp.org
Newsletters and Magazines
- PS OLOC miniNEWS: current and past issues available here.
- Lesbian Connection. The free, worldwide forum of news and ideas for, by, and about lesbians. Celebrating its 40th year of publication, 2015. www.LConline.org. Call (517) 371-5257
- National OLOC. www.oloc.org. Email info@olocorg. Call (888) 706-7506
- The Rainbow Center. www.rainbowcntr.org
- PFLAG. www.pflagtacoma.org
- South Sound Lesbians Meetup.com announces many groups and meetings in the Puget Sound area.
Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP)
More than 18 PS OLOC women are deeply engaged in the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory (OLOHP) Project about the lives of lesbians born early in the 1900’s. There is an urgency inherent, as each year women slip away: they die or become unable to give an interview. The stories of women who lived through this unique period in our history need to be preserved, particularly as major changes in societal attitudes take place—such as marriage equality. Also so that these “pioneers” are recognized for their experiences, accomplishments and courage, in a world of compulsory heterosexuality and profound—although unnamed—homophobia and ageism. More information at www.olohp.org.