Resources


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PS OLOC distributes a recurring publication connecting old lesbians throughout the Puget Sound area to form community and encourage participation in activities and causes that work to improve our lives and increase our visibility.

July 2016
Issue 42
A house concert, an ice cream social and reports on a visit from a Cuban lesbian and the OLOC Coordinators' meetingRead More
May 2016
Issue 41
Pride Season and a trek to NW TrekRead More
March 2016
Issue 40
A film event, a house concert, several repeating activities...and what happened to "Seniors"?Read More
December 2015
Issue 39
All-PSOLOC Get-together: Watch the video, Light of Change. Plus Help Wanted, and save the date for another house concert--Judy Fjell!Read more
November 2015
Issue 38
Our own Kathy Prez makes an appearance on Upworthy! Plus turkey times 2, Concert-in-a-House, and...a website made with coffee and pizza?Read more
August 2015
Issue 37
PS OLOC members, Aganita Varkentine and Sue Weinheimer once again rode in the Seattle Pride parade with the NW LGBT Senior Care Providers NetworkRead More
June 2015
Issue 36
It's easy to get wrapped up in what we are doing in our own lives, and in our local chapter, PS OLOCRead More
May 2015
Issue 35
PS OLOC women recently presented “Our Stories, Our Voices: Insights into Lives of Lesbians 70 and Older” on a college campus in Olympia, WARead More
March 2015
Issue 34
PS OLOC will be presenting a workshop at the Queer I Am: A LGBTQ Student + Leadership Summit.Read More
January 2015
Issue 33
Dorothy Allison gave a presentation at the OLOC Gathering in Oakland this past summer, and since it was taped, and since PS OLOC obtained a copyRead More

Collaborations

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Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)

OLOC is a national network of Old Lesbians over age 60 working to make life better for Old Lesbians through support networks and by confronting ageism in our communities and our country using education and public discourse as primary tools. OLOC is directed by a Steering Committee that publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Reporter, and produces biennial National Gatherings where hundreds of us come together to share experiences and ideas and recharge our energies for the tasks at hand. OLOC encourages Regional Gatherings and local chapters operating independently in their own communities. We love sharing our wisdom, experience, strengths and laughs among ourselves and our communities.
www.OLOC.org

PS OLOC also works together for change with other activist and community organizations.

Tacoma Lesbian Concern (TLC)

TLC is a Puget Sound lesbian, bisexual and transgender organization, in existence since the late ‘70s. The organization provides opportunities for socializing, arranges supportive networking, and promotes education and awareness of lesbian-related issues. TLC publishes a bimonthly newsletter (TLC News and calendar) by email or hard copy, and has a website at www.TacomaLesbianConcern.org. Current annual membership is /year.
Address : TLC Treasurer, PO Box 99035, Tacoma, WA 98496
Contact : tacomalesbianconcern@gmail.com

Coming-Out Women

COWomen is a confidential support and networking (not therapy, but therapeutic) group for women primarily in mid-to-late adulthood: Lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning women exploring coming out or “been-out-forever”; new-to-the-area, married (to woman or man) or not, with children (or grands) or not, never been with a women, just lost a partner, starting a relationship, and allies. We gather to listen and share with one another as we talk together as women-loving-women. Our subtitle is AWE: Authenticity, Wholeness, and Empowerment. We value and progress towards: authenticity : being truly who we are; wholeness being all of who we are; empowerment : moving through life as healthy and strong-spirited women.
Meeting : 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and the last Thursday of each month.
Location : University Place Library, 3609 Market Pl W, University Place (Tacoma), WA
Contact/Info : www.comingoutwomen.org, Kathy P. at kathyprez@comcast.net

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)

PSARA is engaged in a variety of activities and educational work, including the production and distribution of monthly newsletter, The Retiree Advocate. PSARA informs members of various political actions and meetings and invites participation. Aganita Varkentine (of QC3) is on the executive board of PSARA. She also serves on the Diversity Committee representing old lesbians, and she works with the Education Committee. PSARA believes that seniors need and deserve dependable income, comprehensive affordable health care, including prescription drug coverage, access to affordable housing, transportation and social services, support for family care-giving responsibilities and time to relax and enjoy life, family and friends.
Contact : http://psara.org Phone : (360)-448-9646 Email President : Robby Stern – president@psara.org

Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers Network

The Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers is an informal network of senior care providers of all kinds working together to provide advocacy and quality of care for the LGBT seniors of Washington State. It is based on a desire to help educate care providers and health care professionals about the needs in the aging LGBT community. The group meets monthly with guest speakers discussing a wide variety of topics focusing on LGBT elders. Various members of PSOLOC, mainly QCCC members, attend the meetings and offer input.
Aganita and Sue at Seattle Pride
The Providers’ Network sponsors a float in Seattle’s annual Pride Parade, and PSOLOC members are invited to ride on the float.
Contact/Info : http://www.nwlgbtseniorcare.org,
David Haack at (206)-849-3511, davidh@livingcarestyles.com

LGBTQ Allyship

LGBTQ Allyship (Organizing for Social and Economic Justice) is an organization of LGBTQs and Allies who believe that all oppressions are interconnected, and that a world free of oppression is possible. The organization seeks to work in solidarity with marginalized communities to understand the interconnectedness of oppression and to support the systematic liberation of all people. Values fostered are activism, strategies and practices that reflect anti-racism, as well as social justice, compassion, democracy and accountability.
Contact : http://www.allyship.org

Aging Lesbians in South Seattle (ALISS)

ALISS (Aging Lesbians in South Seattle) is a group of older lesbians, most of whom live in the South Seattle area. ALISS meets once a month at the local Senior Center to connect and create community, and in-between for potlucks, games, and other activities as arranged.
Meeting : 1st Thursday of Every month at Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 South Holly Street Seattle, WA 98118. The group gathers for lunch at the Senior Center at 12:00 noon. The meeting runs from 12:45 P.M. until 2:45 P.M.
Contact : ALISSquestions@gmail.com

Over 40s Group

A Seattle social club for lesbians that has met for close to 25 years. There are weekly meetings, with a facilitated discussion, currently every Tuesday night in Northeast Seattle, as well as other outside activities as announced. Seattle PS OLOC, Over 40’s, and ALISS cross-post their activities and welcome one another to each group’s activities.
Contact : Pat Stell : pathstell@aol.com


Publications

Newsletters and Magazines
  • PS OLOC miniNEWS: current and past issues available here.
Books (that PSOLOC has helped with)

Books from the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP): For more information visit www.olohp.org

  • Eversmeyer, Arden, and Margaret Purcell (2010). The Gift of Age: Life Stories of Old Lesbians.
  • Eversmeyer, Arden, and Margaret Purcell (2012). Without Apology: Life Stories of Old Lesbians.

Faderman, Lillian (2015). The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle.

Helpful Links
  • National OLOC. www.oloc.org. Email info@oloc.org. Call (888) 706-7506
  • South Sound Lesbians and Seattle Lesbian Social groups on Meetup.com announce many groups and meetings in the Puget Sound area.
  • The Rainbow Center. www.rainbowcntr.org
  • PFLAG. www.pflagtacoma.org
  • Lesbian Connection. The free, worldwide forum of news and ideas for, by, and about lesbians. Celebrating its 40th year of publication, 2015. www.LConline.org. Call (517) 371-5257

Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP)

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More than 18 PS OLOC women are deeply engaged in the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory (OLOHP) Project about the lives of lesbians born early in the 1900’s. There is an urgency inherent in the work, as each year women slip away: they die or become unable to give an interview. The stories of women who lived through this unique period in our history need to be preserved, particularly as major changes in societal attitudes take place—such as marriage equality. Also so that these “pioneers” are recognized for their experiences, accomplishments and courage, in a world of compulsory heterosexuality and profound—although unnamed—homophobia and ageism.

More information at www.olohp.org.