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Society calls us Old behind our backs while calling us “Older” to our faces. “Old” has become a term of insult and shame. To be “Old” means to be ignored and scorned, to be made invisible and expendable.

We refute the lie that it is shameful to be an “Old” woman. We name ourselves “Old Lesbians” because we will no longer accommodate ourselves to language that implies in any way that “Old” means inferior.

We call ourselves OLD with pride. In doing so, we challenge the stereotypes directly. Thus, we empower and change ourselves, each other, and the world.


Membership in OLOC is limited to Old Lesbians, 60 and over, in order to give us the opportunity to be together and to speak for ourselves. We are especially sensitive to the ageist attitudes of those who see themselves as committed to the Old, doing “good” for the Old, speaking-for-us.

The age of 60 was chosen because the degree of oppression is greater beyond mid-life, after 60, when we know what it is to be perceived as “Old.” We welcome those under 60 as supporters who are committed to confronting ageism. For OLOC statement on Ageism click: Ageism.

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