World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The #GayElderCircle takes time out today to bring awareness to #WorldElderAbuseAwarenessDay, and its many types of #ElderAbuse.  #LGBTQSeniors are marginalized, and many may not families and are easily subject to abuse by those in charge of their care.

We encourage you to educate yourself about Elder Abuse and to support all Seniors in our communities to keep them safe from harm, neglect, and isolation..

If you know of any LGBTQ+ Seniors in a nursing home, or assisted living facility, inquire if the staff has had cultural competence training.

Love and support all Seniors.

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Farewell Adam West / Batman

The #GayElderCircle was sad to learn of the passing of Adam West last evening. Mr. West holds a special place in the hearts of many a Gay Man. Although his role of #Batman was tongue ‘n cheek, he was welcomed the world over. He made himself accessible to his fans at many comic conventions.

While we expect our heroes, even pop culture heroes to pass in a blaze of glory, in the real life they pass from advanced age and natural causes.

We thank you for being our friend while we were still young and foolish. We thank you for being an accessible person who recognized his Gay Fans. We thank you for leading the way to the #Batcave for the last time.

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The Black Cat – PRIDE

The #GayElderCircle is looking forward to the #ResistMarch, which is one week from today. We look back on the events of the #BlackCat where protests 50 years ago took place against police entrapment.

Undercover police arrived at the bar and began beating patrons as they were ringing in the New Year, and ultimately arrested fourteen patrons for “assault and public lewdness”.

The police used deliberate and excessive force during the raid to carry out explicitly homophobic state legislation that prevented queer folks from kissing and/or engaging in any sexual acts, and wearing clothing that did not match their socially prescribed gender role.

This created a riot in the immediate area that expanded to include the bar across Sanborn Avenue called New Faces, where officers knocked down the owner, a woman, and beat two bartenders unconscious. Several days later, this police action incited a civil demonstration of 200 attendees to protest the raids on February 11, 1967.

The demonstration was organized by a group called PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education) – founded by Steve Ginsberg – and the SCCRH (Southern California Council on Religion and Homophile). The protest was met by squadrons of armed policemen.

Two of the men arrested for kissing were later convicted under California Penal Code Section 647 and registered as sex offenders. The men appealed, asserting their right of equal protection under the law, but the U.S. Supreme Court did not accept their case. However, there were fundraising efforts that reached New York and San Francisco for the six convicted patrons.

In addition, it was from this event that the publication The Advocate began as a newspaper for PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education). Together the raid on the Black Cat Tavern and later the raid on The Patch in August 1968 inspired the formation of the Metropolitan Community Church led by Pastor #TroyPerry.

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Memorial Day

The #GayElderCircle takes time out this #MemorialDay to remember those who have served our country, and gave all. We are fortunate to have a high percentage of our members who support our Veteran’s through direct involvement with Veteran related non-profits who provide services for our Veteran’s.  We hold Veteran’s very close to our hearts.

 

 

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One City One Pride: Reel In The Closet

Free Film screening with Q and A next Saturday June 3 at 5 pm in West Hollywood City Council Chambers. Director Stu Maddux previously made the film Gen Silent (about aging in the LGBT community). This film, ‘Reel in the Closet’ makes visible a diverse sampling of rare, rescued GLBT Home Movies and the effort to save and archive them as records of intimate LGBT life long before it was allowed to flourish in the open. http://closetreel.com/ AND ‘Reel in the Closet’ FB page.

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Harvey Milk Day

Today the #GayEdlerCircle reflects on #HarveyMilkDay. His spirit will not fade away. A Gay Man who gave hope to many LGBTQ+ persons. His words are still a valuable source of inspiration. His words inspire this writer to advocate for LGBTQ+ Seniors and keep an open dialog on LGBTQ+ issues with our local elected officials.

Harvey Milk was one of the first openly Gay elected official in the United States. He won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Harvey Milk made a commitment to serving a broad constituency, not just LGBT people, which helped make Milk an effective and popular supervisor. His ambitious reform agenda included protecting gay rights—he sponsored an important anti-discrimination bill—as well as establishing day care centers for working mothers, the conversion of military facilities in the city to low-cost housing, reform of the tax code to attract industry to deserted warehouses and factories, and other issues.

In one of his eloquent speeches, Milk spoke of the American ideal of equality, proclaiming, “Gay people, we will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets. … We are coming out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions. We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I’m going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it. You must come out.”

A voice from out collective California past that still inspires and moves us forward today.

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