LGBTQ Advocacy

The Northeast Kingdom Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer and Allied Advocacy Committee’s mission is to provide cultural education and awareness on behalf of the LGBTQ-identified older adults living in Northeastern Vermont.

Goals and Objectives
1) To promote awareness of the vulnerability that LGBTQ individuals experience in health care and long-term care settings and to provide education to personnel working in those settings.
2) To educate the public about the humanity of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and to demonstrate that inclusiveness creates a healthy, positive, collaborative community.

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Aging Network Providers who display this symbol have completed comprehensive staff training and a review of their service-delivery model to assure they provide a safe and welcoming environment. The NEK Council on Aging and the Pride Center of VT developed the Safe Spaces training with input from the NEK LGBTQ Advisory Council and support from grants received from the Vermont Community Foundation and the SAMARA fund. The Pride Center of Vermont offers basic and advanced cultural awareness training for providers who work with seniors in order to build a state-wide network of Safe Spaces for LGBT elders. You can request training for your organization online or by calling 802-860-7812.

Get Involved

The NEK LGBTQA Advocacy Committee meets monthly to identify needs, as well as planning and hosting social and educational events for the greater LGBTQ and Allied community of the Northeast Kingdom. We are always looking for volunteers who would like to be part of our trained team to support ongoing cultural competency education for organizations that provide services to older adults.

For more information on how you can get involved or be added to our email list to receive updates, contact Jerri Ryan by calling 802-748-5182 or 1-800-642-5119.

More resources may be found by visiting these sites:

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LQBTQ_video_thumbnail“Gen Silent” is a documentary film directed and produced by Stu Maddux. It follows the lives of six LGBT seniors living in the Boston area who must choose if they will hide their sexuality in order to survive in the long-term health care system. As part of our mission at the NEK Council on Aging we promote fair services for all elders from diverse communities. We work with multiple non-profits and providers within the aging services and long-term care network to increase awareness of the  need to assure programs are accessible to all.

If you want to know more about our LGBTQ outreach to older Vermonters, please call 1-800-642-5119 or send us e-mail: info@NEKCouncil.org.

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