Editor’s Note: In the interest of full disclosure, the editor and publisher of OutWire757 fully support and are actively assisting the effort to establish an LGBTQ elder advocacy group in Hampton Roads.
Over 25 people from throughout Hampton Roads attended the first organizational meeting of the newly formed Silver Rainbow LGBTQ Group of Hampton Roads at the Starving Artist Cafe in Norfolk this past Sunday.
The Silver Rainbow group was formed earlier this summer by Norfolk resident Allyson Graul with the goal of becoming a local resource that will advocate, inform and bring together LGBTQ elders in the area.
Attendees at Sunday’s meeting were asked to be prepared to talk with one another about the issues of most importance to them as they age and what activities they envision for the Silver Rainbow group. Following an ice breaker game and presentation of preliminary results from an online survey (you may still take this survey HERE), small groups were formed to discuss and generate activity ideas around the following themes:
- Ideal living situations/housing
- Healthy Living
- Financial Health
- Social engagement
Many ideas were shared for group activities and those in attendance want the group to move forward with regular meetings and activities. The next meeting of the group will be a community potluck (information included below.) If you are interested in more information or joining this group, you may visit their social media page HERE.