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EAST BAY RESOURCES FOR SENIORS

  • Rainbow Community Center   
    3024 Willow Pass Rd., Ste. 200, Concord, CA 94519
    Phone:  925/692-0090
    Website:  www.rainbowcc.org
    Email:  rcc@rainbowcc.org
    Senior Luncheon and Senior Outreach Program.
  • Fellows Of The East Bay     
    3731 Ramsey Court
    El Sobrante, CA 94803-
    Ph: 510-222-2640
    Email: don3635@aol.com
    Social group for mature gay/bi men. Meets every Second Sunday of the month: 5:30pm-8pm
    Provides mature gay and bisexual men with opportunities to come together in a supportive atmosphere to enjoy social, educational, and recreational activities.
  • Lavender Seniors of the East Bay               
    1395 Bancroft Avenue
    San Leandro, CA 94577
    Phone:  510-667-9655
    website:  www.lavenderseniors.org
    Email:  office@lavenderseniors.org 
    Provides social activities, support, and networking for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender seniors in the East Bay. The Mission of Lavender Seniors of the East Bay is to improve the quality of life of older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties through outreach, advocacy, and education.
  • Pacific Center for Human Growth    
    2712 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705           
    Phone:  510/548-8283
    Website:  www.pacificcenter.org
    Email:  info@pacificcenter.org
    Senior Men’s Afternoon Social & Discussion Group; Senior Women’s Afternoon Social & Discussion Group. 

SF BAY AREA INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR SENIORS

  • 360: Positive Care Center at UCSF Medical Center
    400 Parnassus Avenue, 4th Floor, Room A-429, Box 0378
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0378
    415- 353-2119
    www. positivehealth.ucsf.edu/
    360 is committed to meet the growing needs of patients at all socioeconomic levels, including addressing issues related to HIV and Aging. Services range from expert adult HIV/AIDS primary care and support groups to specialty care at 360's Men of Color Program and our General Practice. 360 provides referrals to UCSF medical specialists and access to new and ongoing research studies and medications not yet widely available.
  • Bay Area Bisexual Network
    GLBT Community Center
    1800 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-865-5627
    babn@babn.org
    www.babn.org
    Mission is to develop a healthy, vibrant, multicultural bisexual community in the San Francisco Bay Area and to promote better understanding of bisexual lives and issues within the larger lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community and the public. Information and referral; cultural & social events; monthly peer-support group.
  • Billy DeFrank Lesbian and Gay Community Center
    408.293.2429
    www.defrank.org
    Provides community, leadership, advocacy, support and services to the Silicon Valley LGBT community and their allies. Programs include social activities, youth leadership development, nutritious lunches for seniors, support groups, individual counseling and HIV testing.
  • Castro Senior Center
    110 Diamond Street
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    415-863-3507
    Part of Golden Gate Senior Services, the Castro Senior Center provides a daily lunch program, activities for seniors. This mainstream senior center has also made it a priority to create community for LGBT seniors through LGBT specific outreach and discussion groups.
  • Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
    160 14th Street
    San Francisco CA 94103
    415-777-5500
    www.cuav.org
    Founded in 1979, CUAV is the nation’s first LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) anti-violence organization. Mission is to prevent and respond to violence against and within our diverse LGBTQQ communities. They offer peer-based counseling, direct assistance, education and outreach, grassroots organizing, and policy advocacy.
  • The Diversity Center
    Santa Cruz
    831.425.5422
    www.diversitycenter.org
    Offers a drop-in safe space, peer groups, potlucks, job and housing referrals, business and resource information, a lending library and more.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
    180 Montgomery St, Ste 1100
    SF, CA 94104
    415-434-3388, 800-445-8106
    www.caregiver.org
    info@caregiver.org
    FCA defines family broadly and inclusively and supports those caring for adults with chronic conditions, like Alzheimer's, MS and Stroke. Along with family consultation, education and respite, FCA's website provides two LGBT Caregiver Fact Sheets on Legal Issues and LGBT Caregiver Concerns. They also have a national Online LGBT Caregiver Support Group.
  • Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA)
    www.gapa.org
    dion@gapa.org.
    GAPA 35 plus: Social and conversational group for gay/bi API men 35 and over. Meets for dinner and discussion once a month in participants’ homes. Facilitated discussion includes topics such as health, retirement, coming out later in life, family, being gay/Asian/older, etc. Informal, safe environment and we encourage people to participate at their own pace and comfort level. Membership is not required to participate.
  • Gay Care
    415/239-8110
    The first residential care facility for 60-plus gay males. Payment depends upon insurance.
  • Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN)
    833 Market Street, Suite 511
    SF, CA 415/974-9600
    www.asaging.org/lgain ·               
    Newsletter, information and more for those working with gay and lesbian aging issues.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Elder Law Project
    870 Market St., Suite 370
    SF, CA 94102
    Joyce Pierson, Elder Law Coordinator, 415-392-6257 ext 312,
    pierson@nclrights.org
    Free legal forums for LGBT elders to discuss their most urgent legal needs by sharing their stories of isolation and discrimination and to provide free legal advice and guidance that can help individuals achieve available legal remedies through documentation, estate planning, Domestic Partnership agreements, wills/trusts, health care directives and end-of-life decision-making; Individual and group counseling/guidance through legal education presentations and printed materials; non-discrimination training addressing cross-cultural/diversity awareness and sensitivity in understanding the needs of LGBT elders, existing barriers in aging services, and methods of improving services to this aging population.
  • New Leaf Outreach to Elders
    415.626.7000
    www.newleafservices.org
    Provides social support services to elderly LGBT communities.
  • Openhouse
    415/296-8995
    www.openhouse-sf.org
    Delivers a range of housing, services and community programs for LGBT seniors.
  • Planning for Elders / Senior Survival School for LGBT Seniors
    1370 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-703-0188;
    www.seniorsurvivalschool.org;
    www.planningforelders.org.
    Senior Survival School uses popular education to bring useful information to seniors and people with disabilities throughout San Francisco. Participants learn about effectively accessing healthcare, housing, and transportation services and benefits, and about exercising their rights when they do. Periodically schedule an LGBT Senior Survival School for LGBT seniors.
  • San Francisco Human Rights Commission
    25 Van Ness, Suite 800,
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-252-2510,
    www.sfgov.org/sfhumanrights.
    Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Division: Mediates and investigates complaints of discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, or domestic partner status; provides training on these topics, enforces the Equal Benefits/Domestic Partners Ordinance; Maintains a list of other agencies that may be able to provide additional assistance.
  • San Francisco Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Community Center
    415.865.5555
    www.sfcenter.org
    Home to a dynamic range of organizations and activities that support the needs of LGBT individuals of every race, gender, age, sexuality and socioeconomic status.
  • SF Prime Timers
    POB 426741
    San Francisco, CA 94142
    415/648-8678
    Social organization for mature men and their friends and admirer’s.  Regular monthly meetings 1st and 3rd Sundays.
  • Spectrum LGBT Center
    1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd,
    San Anselmo, CA 94960
    415-457-1115,
    www.spectrumlgbtcenter.org
    Serving all ages of LGBT people in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Outreach, activities, and support services for LGBT seniors. Cultural competency trainings for health, social service, and housing providers. Education and advocacy.
  • Transgender Law Center
    870 Market Street, Suite 823,
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-865-0176,
    info@transgenderlawcenter.org.
    www.transgenderlawcenter.org
    The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Every day they connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.
  • TransGender San Francisco
    415.839.9448
    www.tgsf.org
    Provides a safe setting and support services for transgender people and educational materials for the transgender community and the general public.

NATIONAL INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR LGBTQ SENIORS

  • AgeLine
    http://research.aarp.org/ageline
    Produced by AARP, AgeLine is an extensive database of citations for books, articles and videos related to aging -- including the concerns and issues of LGBT elders. Searches using keywords such as "gay aging" provide citations for a considerable number of publications. (Note, however, that searches using "transgender" produce records containing unrelated words starting with the prefix trans.)
  • Classic Dykes
    www.classicdykes.com
    Classic Dykes is one of the most popular websites targeting lesbian and bisexual women ages 50-plus. The site offers chat, advice columns and original articles
  • Gayhealth.com
    www.gayhealth.com
    This LGBT health and wellness site features a searchable database of gay-friendly healthcare providers across the United States. Click on "Today's Provider" on the home page, then search by state and by specialty; geriatric medicine, geriatrics and gerontology are among the choices. The site also lists
  • LAIN Web Guide
    www.asaging.org/networks/lain/online_resources.cfm
    The LAIN Web Guide includes annotated listings for over 450 websites providing information on LGBT aging issues. The links are divided into handy categories, such as "Articles," "Bibliographies," "Film & Video," "Housing," "Transgender," "Women" and "Men." The LAIN Web Guide is the most comprehensive Web directory on LGBT aging available anywhere.
  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
    National Headquarters:
    120 Wall Street, Ste. 1500,
    NY, NY 10005
    (212) 809-8585;
    Fax (212) 809-8005
    www.lambdalegal.org
    When You’re Gay and Gray: Planning Ahead and Fighting Discrimination LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) (Part of the American Society on Aging)
  • American Society on Aging
    833 Market St., Ste. 511,
    SF, CA 94103
    (415) 974-9600
    www.asaging.org  
    LAIN brings together professionals from all disciplines in the field of aging to address the unique concerns of LGBT elders; publishes quarterly.
  • OutWord
    S
    taff editor Gerard Koskovich
    (415) 974-9641
    gkoskovich@asaging.org.
  • LGBT Aging Issues Network
    http://www.asaging.org/networks/index.cfm?cg=LAIN
    at the American Society on Aging Website: http://www.asaging.org/index.cfm
    LGBT health clinics Some provide targeted services for elders; adding a listing is free of charge.
  • MEDLINEplus
    www.medlineplus.org
    MEDLINEplus, developed by the National Library of Medicine, is a free source for good health information, including materials addressing health issues for LGBT elders. The site also posts directories from the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force)
    1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 600,
    Washington, DC 20005
    202-393-5177;
    www.thetaskforce.org
    The Task Force LGBT Aging Initiative partners with state and local LGBT groups to advocate and develop policies specifically focused on LGBT aging issues. The Task Force’s Policy Institute conducts groundbreaking research and policy analysis on hot-button issues affecting the LGBT community.
  • Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    National Headquarters:
    1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Ste. 600,
    Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 393-5177; Fax (202) 393-2241
    Outing Age: Public Policy Issues Affecting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders by Sean Cahill, Ken South, and Jane Spade To order: (202) 332-6483 ext. 3327;
    www.thetaskforce.org
  • Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Seniors (SAGE)
    305 7th Avenue, 6th Floor,
    New York, NY 10001,
    212-741-2247,
    www.sageusa.org.;
    http://sageusa.org/index.cfm
    SAGE is the world’s oldest and largest non-profit agency addressing the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders. SAGE works with LGBT elders to address and overcome the challenges of discrimination in senior service settings, while also being an essential component in the creation of informal care giving support, and development of new family networks.
  • Transgender Aging Network (TAN)
    www.forge-forward.org/TAN
    The Transgender Aging Network (TAN) brings together professionals worldwide who have expertise in transgender aging issues. The group's website features a number of original articles on aspects of transgender aging -- including healthcare, marriage, family relationships and social needs. TAN also provides training and consultation on aging issues specific to transgender elders; for more information, contact Loree Cook-Daniels at loreecd@aol.com
    (414) 540-6456.


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