The "rainbow elders" were a loosely organized social group founded by Boulder County Aging Services Division (BCASD) in 2000. Through focus groups, County staff uncovered a gap in services among LGBT elders who felt isolated from their families and even each other in our broader queer community. The Rainbow Elders support/social group was formed; it met monthly for nine years.

Rainbow Elders is now a program managed through the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA), which maintains a confidential mailing list of self-identified LGBT seniors and allies (50+) and sends a monthly newsletter with events and services that may be of interest. Currently, the group meets monthly for a supper club on the second Thursday of each month, and annually for a celebration called the Lavender Gala, typically in early December.

BCAAA seeks to create a community in which people can help themselves, reducing isolation and depression. They collaborate with organizations like Out Boulder County, OASOS, PFLAG, Dancin' Divas, CareConnect, and the Denver GLBT Center to create and promote events and services that reach a wide, potentially intergenerational audience. They also host topical workshops, like LGBT Estate Planning.

Please contact the LGBT Program Specialist at 303-441-4518 to be added to the confidential list.

E-mail: infoLGBTelders@bouldercounty.org

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