We are NOT old LGBTQ people hiding and ashamed!

 

We are the Stonewall generation.  We came of age at a time when:

  • Being LGBTQ was considered an abomination 

  • Psychiatrists said we were crazy

  • The church said we were sinners

  • The government considered us a national security risk and fired nearly 5,000 of us from public service in the 1940s and 1950s

  • Law enforcement warned children about us in school assemblies

  • Being LGBTQ was a crime

 

We came out to show the world who we really are and to dispel the myths and lies.

  • We blazed a trail where there was none before we came along to do it

  • When our families rejected us, we invented a new way of being family:

COMMUNITY and "family of choice"

  • We protested against police harassment

  • We lobbied and marched to demand our rights

  • We won the right to marry

We are Rainbow Seniors.  We are VISIBLE and PROUD.

We know there is still a long way for us to go, but we are going together as one community, one family.

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RSVP-WNY membership is open to self-identified LGBTQ individuals who are 55 years of age or older and who live in or have a connection to the greater Western NY/southern Ontario area. Membership is free because LGBTQ older adults have already paid their dues!!!

LGBTQ+ folks of any age (and allies) are always welcome to participate in our events.