LGBTQ Older Adults Face Obstacles

Though financial disparities impact individuals in the LGBTQ community differently, the most pervasive common concern is retirement. With the population of LGBTQ older adults is set to increase exponentially as the baby boomers age, focusing on the needs of this demographic is crucial. According to a 2012 study by Prudential, “baby boomers are and will continue to enter retirement in record numbers, which will focus the community on caring for the financial, health, and housing needs of LGBT elders.”  Triangle Community Center (TCC) is working to address LGBTQ older adult needs.

Since the spring and summer of 2015, members of TCC staff have been working to pave a pathway for communication between LGBTQ older adults, especially at retirement homes and senior centers, and TCC through LGBTQ competent presentations for service providers and residents.

 

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Celebrating 25 Years at TCC's Visionary Party

 Visionary Party Awards

Triangle Community Center (TCC) celebrated 25 years of service to Fairfield County’s LGBTQ community on September 26 with its most successful fundraising gala to date. TCC’s 9th Annual Visionary Party: the Silver Jubilee raised over $90,000 for TCC and for the LGBTQ community in a gala that celebrated LGBTQ community leaders, and that welcomed hundreds of guests rallying in support of the LGBTQ community.

Silver descended upon Stamford after months of planning on September 26th at the Sheraton Hotel. To help celebrate with TCC was Stamford Mayor David Martin and wife Judy, Congressman Jim Himes and wife Mary, and Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald and husband Charles among other community leaders from partner and sponsor organizations.

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TCC's 2015 Scholarship Winner

 Danilo Machado

Triangle Community Center (TCC) awarded its largest scholarship in its 25-year history to Danilo Machado of Stamford. The award was made in recognition of his service to the LGBTQ community and for his many years’ worth of work for everyday equality.

Danilo Machado has worked as an activist and member of the local community, who recently spoke to a mission very familiar to TCC in his Op-Ed for the Advocate on immigration reform. Given the progress that has been made in the legal realm for LGBTQ individuals, particularly on marriage equality, it is important to be conscientious of how and why there is still much work to do. Every year, TCC’s scholarship seeks to award a scholar who strives to do that work.

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