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A transgender Texan has posted an all-smiles photo with Gov. Greg Abbott to protest a "bathroom bill" that state lawmakers will again consider during a special legislative session beginning Tuesday.  Ashley Smith posed with Abbott after he announced his re-election campaign July 7th in San Antonio.

(NBC News, 7/13/17)

Intergenerational Chat

 “It’s been 50 Years since Homosexuality was decriminalised in the U.K., and times have changed. So we sat down an openly gay 13 year old Louis and an openly gay 78 year old Percy to have a chat about the differences 50 years have made on Gay Culture and Acceptance.”

(Produced/Edited & Directed by Trent & Luke but wouldn't have happened without the amazing help of London Pride #ProudToBe and BBC2 with their new documentary ‘Against The Law’ which will be out at the end of July. YouTube, 7/5/17)

Click here to watch the video

Rainbow Supper & Lunch Clubs
The Rainbow Lunch Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at noon. This month lunch is served on August 9th and August 23rd.  The meal on August 23rd is followed by social time.    

Both the Rainbow Lunch and Supper Clubs are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden Street, Worcester, MA.

The suggested meal donation for people 60+ is  $2.50. Guests under 60 pay $5.50.

Reservations are due a week before the meal.

Exciting up-coming Entertainment:

September 13th Lunch- Worcester Shubertiade Executive Director Stanley Wilson performing The Cole Porter Songbook

October 3rd Supper - Niki Luparelli performing as Marilyn Monroe

December 5th Supper - Worcester's own Dale Le Page!

All performances are free of charge - reservations required in advance.

Entertainment/program supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Smoking Rates Soar

Gays and lesbians are more than twice as likely to use tobacco than heterosexuals, and University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have detailed how the disparity can be reduced. In a new paper published in the journal Society of Behavioral Medicine, researchers led by Phoenix Matthews, professor of biobehavioral health sciences and a clinical psychologist, developed five policy recommendations to close the gap between LGBT and heterosexual smokers.

(Sam Hostettler, UIC News, 7/10/17)

Read the rest of the article here

Photo courtesy of:The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
Discrimination at Non-Profits

“LGBTQ respondents had the opportunity to submit stories about their experiences regarding leadership in the nonprofit sector. Of the 850 respondents in the study who identified as LGBTQ, 108 shared stories about being passed over for promotions, being outed, and being fired. According to the report, ‘the intensity of the write-in responses about the negative impact of respondents’ sexuality on their career…reflected a real problem with biases against LGBTQ people in too many nonprofits.’ ”

(Cyndi Suarez, Nonprofit Quarterly, 7/11/17)

Read the report here

Do Not Block Intersection Road Sign” by the Tire Zoo

Retirement Communities

Bias against LGBT older adults continues in retirement homes, even as new opportunities become available. Tammy La Gorce surveys retirement housing options.

(nytimes.com, 7/8/17)


Issue backgrounders

Elder Care Q&A, August 2017,
Alzheimer’s Home Safety Checklist
Q: Are there tips to make a home safe for people with Alzheimer’s?

A: Yes. If you’re providing in-home care for a person  with Alzheimer's disease, the National Institute on Aging has created a 44 page booklet with a checklist to make each room in your home a safer environment..

Alzheimer's progresses differently in each person, but here are some general principles that may be helpful.

  1. Think prevention. It is very difficult to predict what a person with Alzheimer's might do. Even with the best-laid plans, accidents can happen...

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Upcoming Events

Rainbow Readers

A monthly book club dedicated to reading all things Queer and LGBTQA. August's book is: Misfits by Garrett Leigh  August 12th; 6:00 - 8:00pm  at Annie's Book Stop 65 James Street, Worcester MA 508-796-5613  

Please RSVP on the Rainbow Readers Facebook Event page here

For more information please email: RainbowReadersMass@gmail.com

LGBTQI Meetup for Central Mass

The purpose of this Meetup group is to help create a vibrant LGBTQI+ community throughout Central Massachusetts. Check this page out for LBGTQI+ friendly events in our area! 

LGBTQI+ Meetup for Central MA

WLEN – Worcester LGBT Elder Network, is a joint effort of Elder Services of Worcester Area Inc.,
Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and the Worcester Senior Center.