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August 8, 2017

August 2017 Rainbow Elders Newsletter

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Rainbow Elders of Boulder County

August 2017 | Rainbow Elders Newsletter

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Beit has officially landed as the new LGBT Program Specialist for the BCAAA (Boulder County Area Agency on Aging) and xe is excited to continue development of Project Visibility (training for care providers of LGBT older adults) in addition to supporting and expanding programming for the Rainbow Elders of Boulder County.

Beit graduated from Naropa University in 2013 with an M.A. in Somatic Counseling Psychology and xe has been working in a variety of crisis positions (domestic violence advocacy, emergency psychiatric services, and trauma counseling) in addition to developing gender diversity trainings for medical and social service communities. Xe lives in a 4-generation household in Longmont with one of xyr partners and his extended family. Xe is giving xemself time to settle into xyr office in the Sundquist building before inviting drop-in visitors but xe warmly welcomes email ( in the meantime. Xe hopes to see you all at the next Supper Club!

Last month, President Trump issued a series of tweets indicating a pending ban on transgender service personnel in the military and suggested that transgender service members are a burden to the system and not fit to serve. Our communities and allies seemed to take a collective breath before showing up to organize protests and calling our representatives to express outrage. While not shocking to us, this proposed ban is the latest indicator that, now more than ever, our communities need to come together to take a strong stand against discrimination and bigotry and to prioritize ending all forms of violence against transgender individuals.

In light of these upsetting developments, let's take the time to remind each other that we ARE in community together and that we care for and support each other in groups and one-on-one. In addition, here are important numbers to keep handy for those moments when we need advocacy, encouragement, or even just a boost to push through to better times.


Tran Lifeline: 877-565-8860

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline: 888-234-SAGE (7243)

LGBT National Hotline 888-843-4564


SOL (Survivors Organizing Liberation) 888-557-4441

Out Boulder 303-499-5777

BCAAA LGBT Line: 303-441-4518

Wednesday August 9


Rainbow Elders Coffee Klatch - contact Gladys Lopez for details (

Thursday August 10 5:30pm

Rainbow Elders Supper Club @ Dickens Tavern in Longmont

Wednesday Sept. 6 5:30pm

Rainbow Elders LGBTQ and Allies Mixer, celebrating Boulder Pride Week @ Golden West Senior Living- Aspen Room Penthouse Level

Sunday Sept. 10 10:45am

Boulder PrideFest Visibility March @ the Bandshell in Boulder Central Park

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