You marched in the first Pride parades and went to women’s music festivals. You endured public support for discriminatory laws like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act. You lost friends and partners to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. You cheered when the Supreme Court legalized marriage in 2015. You are still angry that employers can discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender expression.
You are an older adult who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ).
In your lifetime, you’ve witnessed incredible change and progress in our society’s treatment of LGBTQ individuals.
At the same time, discriminatory policies have taken their toll, especially as you age. In fact, many LGBTQ older adults face financial insecurity, social isolation or caregiving issues, or limited access to aging services.
Iona is here for you.
We believe no one should have barriers to their positive aging. Our LGBTQ-inclusive aging services provide spaces for you to find and build community and tap into our 40+ years of expertise navigating complex aging challenges. We help you think about your future and start planning now. How to find in-home care. How to afford services you need. How to prepare for a move.
In addition to a wide range of eldercare services including case management, home delivered meals, support groups, counseling, and adult day services, among other services, Iona also offers special workshops for LGBTQ older adults through our Take Charge/Age Well Academy. Topics have covered everything from aging solo to healthy living and health advocacy.
Between 1990 and 2000, I lost 100 friends. The majority of them were from HIV/AIDs. I enjoy the Take Charge/Age Well program because it afforded me the opportunity to make friends within the people here at Iona. It’s family. Iona is family. ” – Wes Morrison, participant in Iona’s Take Charge/Age Well Academy
Take a look below for upcoming LGBTQ-specific events. You can also view our full calendar of events here (all of Iona’s events are open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression).
Since 2015, Iona has also proudly participated in Capital Pride.
If you have questions about Iona’s LGBTQ outreach or our programs and services, please contact Iona’s Helpline. In your message, please also let us know if you would like to be added to Iona’s LGBTQ mailing list. You will receive special information about LGBTQ learning opportunities and meet-and-greets to build community, as well as relevant articles from Iona’s blog.
Iona’s Discrimination Policy
Iona Senior Services does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and guests.
Iona Senior Services is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.