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.