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||Read More|
|Pride Season and a trek to NW Trek||Read More|
|A film event, a house concert, several repeating activities…and what happened to “Seniors”?||Read More|
|All-PSOLOC Get-together: Watch the video, Light of Change. Plus Help Wanted, and save the date for another house concert–Judy Fjell!||Read more|
|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?||Read more|
|PS OLOC members, Aganita Varkentine and Sue Weinheimer once again rode in the Seattle Pride parade with the NW LGBT Senior Care Providers Network||Read More|
|It’s easy to get wrapped up in what we are doing in our own lives, and in our local chapter, PS OLOC||Read More|
|PS OLOC women recently presented “Our Stories, Our Voices: Insights into Lives of Lesbians 70 and Older” on a college campus in Olympia, WA||Read More|
|PS OLOC will be presenting a workshop at the Queer I Am: A LGBTQ Student + Leadership Summit.||Read More|
|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||Read More|
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)
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 and community organizations.
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 promotes education and awareness of lesbian-related issues. TLC publishes a bimonthly newsletter (TLC News and calendar) by email or hard copy, and has a website at www.TacomaLesbianConcern.org. Current annual membership is /year.
Address : TLC Treasurer, PO Box 99035, Tacoma, WA 98496
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
COWomen is a confidential support and networking (not therapy, but therapeutic) group for women primarily in mid-to-late adulthood: 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 to listen and share with one another as we talk together as women-loving-women. Our subtitle is AWE: Authenticity, Wholeness, and Empowerment. 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 Wednesdays 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 email@example.com
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. PSARA 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 family care-giving responsibilities and time to relax and enjoy life, family and friends.
Contact : http://psara.org Phone : (360)-448-9646 Email President : Robby Stern – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 a desire to help educate care providers and health care professionals about the needs in the aging LGBT community. The group meets monthly 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 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, email@example.com
LGBTQ Allyship (Organizing for Social and Economic Justice) is an organization of LGBTQs and Allies who believe that all oppressions are interconnected, and that a world free of oppression is possible. 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
ALISS (Aging Lesbians in South Seattle) is a group of older lesbians, most of whom live in the South Seattle area. ALISS meets once a month at the local Senior Center to connect and create community, and in-between for potlucks, games, and other activities as arranged.
Meeting : 1st Thursday of Every month at Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 South Holly Street Seattle, WA 98118. The group gathers for lunch at the Senior Center at 12:00 noon. The meeting runs from 12:45 P.M. until 2:45 P.M.
Contact : ALISSquestions@gmail.com
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
Books from the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP): For more information visit www.olohp.org
Faderman, Lillian (2015). The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle.
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 in the work, 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.