Advocacy

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Southern Arizona Senior Pride supports and collaborates with these advocacy organizations and efforts.

Advocacy: Tucson/Pima County

Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)

PCOA is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving older adults and their families living in Pima County, Arizona. It advocates at the national, state and local levels for policies and legislation that improve services to the aging population.

Elder Alliance Tucson

The ELDER Alliance and the Senior Impact Coalition have merged, creating a new group committed to helping older adults in all aspects of their lives. Elder Alliance works toward involving older adults to ensure that they remain active members of their community as they age and ensuring Seniors are healthy and maintain maximum independence. The mission is to advocate and design solutions and Action Teams have been formed on a number of key issues.

Advocacy: Arizona

Arizona American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Arizona is responsible for public education programs and litigation in defense of civil liberties. In 2016, Arizona ACLU has adopted as a primary strategic goal “To pass statewide civil liberties protections for LGBT people.”

Competitive Arizona

Competitive Arizona is a coalition of businesses, organizations and individuals working to promote economic development in Arizona through equality and inclusion for all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The organization educates, raises awareness and advocates for legislation in Arizona that provides basic protections against workplace, public accommodations and housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Equality Arizona

The mission of Equality Arizona is to achieve and maintain equal, legal rights and protections for the LGBTQ community in Arizona.

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change–ARIZONA

The Arizona Chapter of OLOC was established in October 2014. They have regular business meetings in Casa Grande and attend Pride events throughout the state for OLOC visibility. Social activities are planned locally.
More info: Conni at 623-937-8878 or Conni@oloc.org
NEXT: May 7 at Vista Grande Library, 1556 N. Arizola Rd., Casa Grande, AZ

Advocacy: National

Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC)

The Diverse Elders Coalition advocates for policies and programs to improve aging for racially and ethnically diverse people including American Indians and Alaska Natives and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. DEC is a coalition of these organizations.

  • National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
  • National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)
  • National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)
  • Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The national organization, HRC, advocates for LGBT equality and educates the public about LGBT issues. HRC tracks state by state legislation affecting LGBT people. HRC works to encourage the adoption of LGBT-inclusive policies and practices throughout the nation. Its newsletter emails current news bulletins.

Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy advocacy.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues. NCLR’s legal, policy, and legislative victories set important precedents that improve the lives of all LGBT people and their families across the country. Projects and Legal Issue Areas Include: Asylum & Immigration; Elders; Employment; Family & Relationships; Federal Legislation & Policy; State Legislation & Policy; Hate Crimes; Healthcare; Housing; Low Income & Poverty; Prisons; Rural Communities; Sports; Transgender Law; and Youth.

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

NCTE activism focuses on federal policies and laws to improve the lives of transgender Americans. Among the issues NCTE addresses is aging and in 2015 NCTE issued A Blueprint for Equality – Improving The Lives of Trans Older Adults. NCTE offers other resources on trans aging in addition to those on a wide range of topics including anti-violence, health, housing and homelessness, immigration and travel.

National GLBTQ Task Force (The Task Force)

The country”s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy organization, the Task Force’s Policy Institute conducts groundbreaking research and policy analysis on issues affecting the LGBTQ community (including aging) and frequently issues reports. The Task Force advocates policies and laws that promote equality and justice for LGBTQ people and is a resource for events and news affecting the LGBTQ community throughout the nation and works to increase public support.

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) – NATIONAL

A national network of Lesbians over age 60 working to make life better for old Lesbians through support networks and by confronting ageism in communities and country using education and public discourse as primary tools. OLOC is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Lesbian voice as well as increasing Lesbian visibility. OLOC challenges oppression for all people.

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE elevates the voices of LGBT elders on Capitol Hill and throughout the federal government. SAGE works with state-level advocates to extend vital protections to same-sex couples and participates in the White House Conference on Aging. SAGENET is a coalition of affiliates in local communities nationwide.

What is your experience as an LGBT consumer or advocate? Do you encounter welcoming services and support? Have you ever been met with resistance or discrimination based on your or another person’s sexual orientation or gender identity? Do you have a loved one or friend who has experienced discrimination? Have you ever received an unexpectedly LGBT inclusive and warm welcome? If you are a provider, what motivates you to assure that LGBT older adults receive an inclusive and warm welcome?

What’s your story? Please take a moment to tell us:
Go to the Share Your Story! page on the SAGE website.