Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging

In 2016, the Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging (ALGBTCOA) was formed  as an outgrowth of an AustinUP group discussion on how to help ensure an LGBT voice in the Age-friendly Austin Plan. The consensus of that discussion was that there were unmet challenges related to LGBT aging that required an organized community effort. Now, with more than 70 members, the Coalition is actively recruiting to better reflect our community’s demographics and to include representatives from all of the agencies currently providing services to LGBT elders. The Coalition has formed a Steering Committee, identified priority issues, is putting together action steps to address those priorities, and has begun the process of affiliating with SAGE USA (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders).

AustinUP continues to be a fiscal sponsor and proud partner of the Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging.

Mission

The ALGBTCOA is a coalition of community activists, service agencies, LGBTQ organizations and interested parties who have come together “to improve the condition of the LGBT aging community through advocacy, education and programs/services.” The Coalition hopes to encourage service providers and senior services to understand and train their staffs regarding the needs of LGBT clients, residents and patients.

Inclusion

The LGBT Coalition on Aging is now actively recruiting members that represent the broader LGBT community. All individuals are welcome regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and physical capability.

Contact

For more information and/or to add your name to the Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging mailing list, please visit their website or send an email to contact@algbtcoa.org.