Oregon Supports LGBT Seniors

17 May

May 20 and 21 are the dates for the annual Gay and Grey Expo in Portland, Oregon. Co-hosted by Friendly House and the Q Center, this event includes a Friday night social and a Saturday resource convention that combines informative break-out sessions and a trade fair to address the health, housing and social service needs of LGBTQI Seniors.

This wonderful event recognizes the unique needs of seniors in the gay community who often lack the kinds of family support and other resources that many seniors can draw on. This issue is significant enough that Oregon’s Governor, John Kitzhaber, issued a proclomation recognizing May 21 as “Gay and Grey Day.”

It is wonderful to have such strong support and recognition for the LGBT community in Oregon government.

The Portland metro area also has one of the country’s few LGBT-focused retirement communities, Rainbow Vista. This community provides support tailored to the needs of LGBT seniors:

It is our desire to serve the need of LGBT seniors by providing a safe and affordable community to living and strive in. We also support the gay community by being a part of many local events … We also provide a space for public events and meetings at our community.

Oregon seniors and their families (of birth and choice) should take full advantage of these wonderful opportunities.


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