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Thank you to those of you who attended our first virtual OLOC Gathering!
At every Gathering, we have a Focus and Theme. This year is The Focus is Lesbian (I think this is always our Focus) and our Theme “Body, Mind and Spirit was brought to us by Jacqui Lewis, was on the National Steering Committee, an affiliate, and co-founder of the OLOC chapter in West Virginia.
We, on the Steering Committee thought it would be a great idea to have a contest for the best Theme for our next in person Gathering. The Old Lesbian that comes up with the best Theme, will receive a $100 discount to our next Gathering, which is scheduled for November 15-19, 2023!
The Winning Theme has been chosen!
“Love, Laughter, and Resilience”
It was submitted by Dr. Bonnie Gruszecki from the WMass chapter.
Our next Gathering will be held at the Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center in Tempe, AZ.
OLOC International Gathering via Zoom
The Focus IS Lesbian: Body, Mind, and Spirit
October Thursday, 27-Saturday, 29, 2022
Report on OLOC’s First Gathering on Zoom
From October 27 to 29, OLOC held its first-ever International Gathering on Zoom, after cancelling the in-person event in 2021 and again this year 3 because of the pandemic. By most accounts, it appeared to be highly successful and a wonderful experience for those who attended.
A unique hallmark of it being on Zoom was that Old Lesbians who could not travel—because of health/mobility issues, finances, concerns about traveling/gathering during COVID-19, or time restrictions—were able to attend and connect with other Old Lesbians. One reported, “I connected with one dyke I hadn’t seen for 30 years and another dyke who, in 1965 in a bar, uttered lines that I never forgot and put in my play and also in a shorter article.”
While it’s tempting to give credit to the Zoom techies for the success of the Gathering, in fact, it was the entire Zoom Planning Crew who made this event possible. The Crew consists of 12 active particip plus additionalk help with tech/facilitation for the discussion groups, and tech for the Lesbians of Color Day.
- Lesbians of Color Day
- Native American blessing
- Welcome from the Steering Committee
- Posthumous presentation of the Del Martin-Phyllis Lyon Old Lesbian Pride Award
- Premiere of the 2019–2022 memorial slide show.
- Keynote address on “Song as Food and Nourishment in Trying Times.”
- 22 discussion groups on spirituality, health, Lesbian lands, political issues, writing/art, books, our aging bodies, OLOC committees, our herstory, and more.
- Hick, a play, now posted on YouTube.
- Film, The Worlds of Bernice Bing, followed by discussion with the filmmaker.
- Closing concert
OLOC is proud to announce that Elana Dykewomon, 1949–2022, has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Martin-Lyon Old Lesbian Pride Award!
OLOC Mission StatementOLOC represents Lesbian Elders in a spirit of inclusiveness to promote Lesbian visibility. We come together to preserve our herstory, to confront social injustice, and to give and receive support for our later years.
OLOC Vision Statement
OLOC is an inclusive, multicultural, rainbow of Lesbian Elders working in community for Social Justice, maintaining a Lesbian focus.
OLOC in Action
We are a national network of Old Lesbians in our 55th year or older, and our supporters, working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools.
Our national organization is directed by a Steering Committee that works to keep OLOC thriving and running as smoothly as possible.
OLOC works to form and support local groups that will work in their own communities.
We hold biennial National Gatherings allowing us to come together to share experiences and ideas and recharge our energies for the tasks at hand.
We believe that we have a great deal of wisdom, experience, and strength to share with our communities as well as among ourselves.
We are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Lesbian voice as well as increasing Lesbian visibility in a world that stifles it and threatens to erase it.
OLOC Works for Change by Supporting:
- comprehensive immigration reform
- elimination of violence against women
- enactment of universal single-payer healthcare for all
- an end to corporate “personhood”
- an end to any curtailment of voting rights
- the Black Lives Matter movement
- the Say Her Name! movement
- the civil rights of all indigenous people
- efforts to achieve net zero CO2 emissions
- efforts to reduce climate crisis impacts that fall disproportionately on the poor and vulnerable
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change: An International Community of Lesbian Elders stands with #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName and all involved in the work for racial, economic, and social justice, including protesters all over the world calling for accountability in every country.