June is Pride Month!

Parades, Panel Discussion, Mixer, Movies, and CLEVE JONES!

Below is the third installment of the LGBTQI Blog: May 2019

Seniors — “A class of people who hold the wisdom of the world.”

Dear LGBTQI and Friends Community, 

April's Open House at our Senior Center was very successful — 100 people showed up! I was so proud standing at the LGBTQI station and sharing all the exciting programs we have in June to celebrate Pride month. Over my right shoulder is a gorgeous mural by our Board Vice President, Alan Beckstead, honoring the year 1969 when our Center was founded. Another huge event that year (also depicted in this mural) were the Stonewall riots. Drag queens stood up to police who would regularly go into gay bars and arrest everyone. We celebrate their actions around the world in June! Pride Month! 

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Photo caption: Scotty King at the recent Senior Center’s Open House. I was thrilled to share about all the exciting programs coming up here in June—Pride month.

June is Pride Month!

In June, the Sebastopol Area Senior Center will host an array of LGBTQI Pride month activities to celebrate the diverse senior population in Sonoma County. Everyone is invited to attend any or all of the organized activities; please RSVP at 707-829-2440. All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Sonoma County Pride Parade: Saturday, June 1st! 

The Sebastopol Area Senior Center invites LGBTQI seniors and allies to ride on our float in downtown Santa Rosa on June 1, 2019.


Photo caption: (L) Nick & I carrying the banner in the Apple Blossom Parade. (R) Our float won 2nd place in the recent Apple Blossom Parade, with float designer Alan Beckstead, (haircutting) volunteer Danny, and our friend Steve decked out in 60’s attire. 

The 1969-themed float won second place in the 2019 Apple Blossom Parade in Sebastopol! We had seniors as go-go dancers; it was a blast! And if you missed this, you’ll get another chance. We are entering the same float into the Santa Rosa Pride Parade on Saturday, June 1st. Please come, all seniors are invited. Come ride on the float or walk with us. After the parade, hang with us for Pride festivities in Courthouse Square! To get on the float or walk with us, meet us at 9:30 AM June 1st, near Courthouse Square Santa Rosa. See you there! Email me if you want to be on the parade list.  scotty@sebastopolseniorcenter.org

 TED Talk + Discussion

The Senior Center’s monthly TED Talk + Discussion will be held Thursday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. and will feature the talk The Danger of Hiding Who You Are by Morgana Bailey. Stay after for a thought-provoking facilitated discussion.
This program is free for members; there is a $5 day use fee for non-members.

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Photo: Morgana Bailey

Art Show + Panel Discussion + Mixer 

On Friday, June 7 join us for an Art Show, Panel Discussion and Mixer. At 1:00 p.m., artist Alan Beckstead shows his artwork featuring gay icons and images. The art reception is followed by an LGBTQI Panel Discussion at 2:00 p.m. featuring a person from each of the “letters.” These courageous panelists will tell their coming out stories and answer your questions to help us all become better allies. After the panel, stay for a mixer with the panel members and enjoy light refreshments. Painting below: “Dykes on bikes” by Alan Beckstead


Book Reading with Cleve Jones

Headlining LGBTQI Pride Month is celebrated human rights activist Cleve Jones who conceived the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and authored the critically acclaimed book When We Rise. The AIDS Quilt, now over 54 tons, is the world’s largest piece of community folk art. Jones is also portrayed in the movie Milk, the 2008 biopic of Harvey Milk. Jones will be at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center on Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. for a book signing, reading, and Q & A session. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 707-829-2440.

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Film + Discussion

To round out the June Pride Month activities, on Monday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m., the Senior Center will show the 2017 coming of age film Call Me By Your Name which was rated one of the top ten
films of the year. The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion.
This program is free for members; there is a $5 day use fee for non-members.

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Photo caption: Our Mardi Gras dance was tremendous fun!

Mark Your Calendar! 60’s Summer Beach Disco Party Dance: Saturday July 13th.

Butch is Beautiful: Exploring Queer Masculinity, in Photos

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I love these photos! “One person seeking to smash these stereotypes is Australian photography curator Esther Godoy, who leads an ongoing project titled Butch is Not a Dirty Word. Comprised of candid images by a range of photographers, the latest instalment explores what it means to be butch within a 'family'—in every sense of the word.”
View the article here. 

Free LGBT+ Awareness Trainings for All Caregivers

I took this 4 hour course and it was wonderful! Even though I have been an out gay guy for 17 years, I learned a lot from this. 

Caring for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ+) Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

  • Become empowered, supported and informed about the unique needs of LGBT+ older adults and adults with disabilities.

  • Understand how the caregiver's approach affects the client’s care.

  • Learn about LGBT+ identity and caregiving.

  • Improve awareness and communications with and about LGBT+ people.

  • Earn a Certificate of Completion and $25, if you: 1) register by one week before the training, 2) arrive at the training on time and 3) complete the four-hour class.

  • Thursday, June 6, 9am - 1pm, Register here. 
    Employment & Training, Santa Rosa Room, 2227 Capricorn, Santa Rosa

Space is limited, so make your free online reservation today!
Call us with your questions: (707) 565-5700Registration can be completed online by clicking here.


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