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October 2, 2019

October 2019 Newsletter for Rainbow Elders

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Rainbow Elders' Newsletter-October 2019

For Boulder County's LGBTQ+ older adults, their allies and the professionals who serve them


We are excited to share that the continuation of the pilot phase of our Rainbow Connections volunteer program to combat social isolation and create community for LGBTQ+ older adults in Boulder County is going well, with both recipients and volunteers reporting less isolation and more connection to community. Volunteers are currently matched with recipients in need of phone and/or in-person connection from another LGBTQ+ or allied community member. We look forward to growing the program, and toward that goal are hiring and training another round of volunteers this month. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please apply here. If you are interested in being matched with a volunteer, please contact Michael Chifalo at


A three-hour Project Visibility general training will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Longmont Senior Center, at 910 Longs Peak Avenue in Longmont. The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging's Project Visibility is a dynamic, cultural-sensitivity training that addresses the particular needs and strengths of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) older adults. Award-winning, and one of the first of its kind in the nation, the training features a documentary that highlights the experiences of local LGBTQ+ older adults. Project Visibility offers important information, perspectives, and practical tips for working competently with this often invisible population for all caregivers, and others engaged or interested in the lives of older adults. Free and open to the public, but registration required. To register, email Michael Chifalo at or call 303-441-4518 by Wednesday, October 9. To watch a short video and learn more, visit here.

coffee klatch

Our traveling Coffee Klatch has been successful this year with discussions about Nutrition, Medicare, Advance Care Planning, End of Life Planning, Caregiving, and Dementia Safe Homes, in addition to collaborations with OASOS and Out Boulder County.

Our Fall series opens with a presentation from PFLAG Boulder County President Tobi Cahill about Trans Inclusivity at the West Boulder Senior Center on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Michael Chifalo at


Don't forget Supper Club meets every month and during even numbered months meets twice a month! This month, we will meet on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Potluck at the Longmont Senior Center at 910 Longs Peak Avenue in Longmont. During this meeting, we will share photos or items of significance, so please plan to bring something you can share with the group as you explain its meaning in your life.

We will also convene a second Supper Club on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Aunt Alice's Kitchen, 1805 Main Street in Longmont. Please join us for both!


The 19th annual Lavender Gala to celebrate Boulder County’s LGBTQ+ older adult community will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1-4 p.m. at Nissi’s Entertainment Venue, 2675 Northpark Drive in Lafayette. Guests can expect a delicious meal of diverse cuisine; an entertaining line-up of musician Patty Jackson and DJ Susie Pringle; a festive community gathering of friends and family (many who only see each other once a year during the Gala); and of course, door prizes donated from generous community members. Link to register will go live and be shared by Nov. 1!