Austin’s LGBTQIA community is unique and we love that. It follows that many LGBTQIA groups have mainstreamed or never felt a need to coalesce due to Austin’s open and accepting vibe. What we’re finding now is many of our communities aging issues require a unique approach and that aging as an LGBTQIA person can bring different issues to the forefront that don’t exist in the mainstream. We don’t want to step back from mainstream participation, but there’s a need to create an LGBTQIA community to socialize and address LGBTQIA-specific aging issues.
SAGE is a national advocacy and services organization that’s been looking out for LGBT elders since 1978. They build welcoming communities and keep our issues in the national conversation to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.Tell Me More
Austin’s LGBTQIA community is unique and we love that! It follows that many LGBTQIA groups have mainstreamed or never felt a need to coalesce due to the greater Austin area’s open and accepting vibe. What we’re finding now is many of our communities aging issues require a unique approach and that aging as an LGBTQIA person can bring different issues to the forefront that don’t exist in the mainstream. We don’t want to step back from mainstream participation, but there’s a need to create an LGBTQIA community to socialize and address LGBTQIA-specific aging issues
The Austin LGBT Elder Task Force invites ALL LGBTQIA people & allies ages 18-110 to come together & create community through potlucks, storytelling events, dances & more! We will be bringing activities all over Austin as well as the greater Austin area...we want to meet ALL of you! We are also actively seeking volunteers, members & founding members...Tell Me More
*have an exquisite sense of style and love setting up parties?
*love to greet people and make them feel comfortable as they enter a space?
*prefer to have a creative task behind the scenes like sending out emails or creating flyers for events?
*have a space you could donate for an event?
*have a bakery or restaurant and would love to donate delicious food to an event?
*know someone who owns & can drive a bus for an outing?
*LOVE making rally posters?
*enjoy getting groups of people to rally?
*have money you'd like to donate to help support the website & event promo?
*have a job or connection in the press that might want to help us get the word out?
*have the desire to also create an Austin SAGE?
*have a group you're a part of that might want to partner with us for an event?
*love to create art ~ short videos, photos or graphics that could amplify our mission?
*have access to a silk screen or printing studio?
*know anyone with a talk show on the radio in Austin?
*believe in magic?
If any of this sounds like you, we are seeking more members! From founding members who have the thirst for advocacy & community organizing, to people who may want to volunteer sporadically. All you need to do to become a member is want to see the greater Austin area have a thriving LGBTQIA community that includes space for it's elders and provides services, programming and advocacy by creating an Austin SAGE. We'd love to welcome you to our team!
Meet our Volunteer Co-Founders...
Richard received a BA in English Literature from the University of Denver and has attended various institutions for post-graduate study.
He has 38 years of work experience in both public and private sectors; 27 of those in Telecom related positions, 11 years in other areas. Positions included Programming, Contract Compliance, Systems Analysis, Call Center, Management, Advocacy, Recreation, Finance and Purchasing. Richard’s work locations have been on both coasts, as well as Denver and Austin.
Richard also has 30 years volunteer experience, mostly part-time, from 1985 – present. Austin volunteer groups include:
• Coming of Age
• LGBT Coalition on Aging
• LGBT Elder Task Force
• Domains sub-group for Commission on Seniors
• Research Advisory Board, Quality of Life Commission Survey.
Richard recently retired from Texas Health & Human Service Commission.
What he’s learned from working with *BOB* is to discover his passions and chase them.
The World Famous *BOB* began their career as a go-go dancer in a cage in a nightclub in a small town in California at the tender age of 19. The first night they EVER stepped up on stage a group of obnoxious college boys screamed over the music "Hey look at the fat girl in her underwear!" They made their life decision to "make it" right then and there, and now 29 years later she's still working stages worldwide as a stellar event host.
A gender fluid burlesque star who's travelled all over the world for 23 years including to Vienna, Paris, Canada, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Stockholm and numerous US Cities. She has taught her USC! (Ultimate Self Confidence!) Workshop series since 2004 starting at the New York School of Burlesque. Versions of her workshop have been taught everywhere from Finland to Alaska including at HMI (Hetrick Martin Institute - Queer Youth Version) to a 60+ LGBT Women's Version at SAGE NYC.
*BOB* had the pleasure of working at SAGE Midtown as the Program Coordinator of arts & culture, education, special events and women's programming. A student of gerontology and aging activist, *BOB* is committed to not only redefining what aging looks like in our society, but also to creating spaces where the LGBTQIA older population can be who they are and continue to grow with dignity, style and flair! A specific issue *BOB* is focused on is breaking away the de-sexualization of older bodies, as seeing each person as a whole and complete person includes sexuality and sexual health. Their public lectures on confidence have been offered at several universities as well as The Body Love Conference. *BOB* has also been a guest lecturer at NYU on gender as performance for 12 years.
They moved to Austin in 2017 with the vision to find the community here and organize to create an Austin SAGE in the hopes that the magic and love created in NYC SAGE could be brought to life in the greater Austin area. Through the help of a friend *BOB* found the Austin LGBT Coalition On Aging (*BOB* is still a member) and in that group found other people who also knew of the value of SAGE and formed Austin LGBT Elder Task Force! who's SOLE mission is to realize Austin SAGE..