2023 International Gathering

2023 OLOC International Gathering
Love, Laughter & Resilience
November 15-19, 2023

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe
2100 South Priest Drive 85282
Tempe, AZ 85282

Hotel Reservations: CLICK HERE OR (480) 967-1441

DoubleTree Hotel cost includes breakfast buffet and airport shuttle.

The OLOC Gathering welcomes Old/Elder Lesbians who have reached their 55th year.
Women of all ages are welcome to attend evening programs.

CLICK HERE for registration information

Pre-Gathering Events - Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023
Pre-Gathering events are FREE and INCLUDE lunch.

Lesbians of Color Day

Wednesday November 15, 2023
TIME: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

LOC Day is for Lesbians who identify and have lived differently because of their Color/Ethnic background to be guided in building strength together by learning how our cultural upbringings have united or separated us.

LOC Day includes:
1 night hotel room on Tuesday, Nov. 14
Lunch will be provided

Contact for LOC details:
Ali Marrero - ali@oloc.org

Register online

To register by Postal Mailplease download this form, print, complete, & send to OLOC, Inc., PO BOX 100129, Cranston, RI 02910


Facilitated by Maria “Papusa” Molina, Ph.D.


White Lesbians Examine Unconscious Racism Day

Wednesday November 15, 2023
TIME: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

What's included
Lunch will be provided

Facilitators TBD

Award-Winning Documentary Screening

Nelly & Nadine
Friday Nov 17, 2-3:30pm

Nelly & Nadine is the unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Despite being separated in the last months of the war, Nelly and Nadine manage to later reunite and spend the rest of their life together. For many years their love story was kept a secret, even to some of their closest family. Now Nelly’s grandchild, Sylvie, has decided to open Nelly and Nadine’s unseen personal archives and uncover their remarkable story.

Wolfe Video

Bettina Aptheker
Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm

Bettina Aptheker (1954), Lesbian, who received her Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz, has been honored with the Award for Excellence in Education by the California chapter of the National Organization for Women. She was recently named a prestigious University of California Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at UC Santa Cruz. For more than four decades, Bettina Aptheker, UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor Emerita, gave UCSC students an unforgettable immersion in feminist history.

Aptheker embodies her credo “the personal is political” in her books as well as her courses, and her latest work, Communists In Closets: Queering the History 1930s–1990s (Routledge) is already drawing rave reviews. She lives in Santa Cruz with her wife, Kate Miller.

Laugh Fest
with Karen Williams (1952)

Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm

Karen Williams has the unique distinction of being the nation's first openly Lesbian Black comic to include specifically Lesbian material in her act. Her solo comedy special "I Need a Snack" filmed live in Hollywood — and produced by Andrea Meyerson of AllOut Films — is a LOGO TV favorite and available on DVD.

to Expect...

  • Workshops
  • Films
  • Chapter Coordinators’ Meeting
  • New Chapters Organizing
  • Caucuses
  • Memorial Slide Show
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Plenary
  • Choir (Practice & Performance)
  • Dancing
  • Laughter - Fun - Discussions - Old Lesbians - and so much more....

Details & Registration Information

Registration Fees
The registration fee covers all programming and several meals:

  • Snacks (Thursday & Friday)
  • Lunch (Saturday)
  • Dinners (Thursday & Friday)

WHOLE GATHERING (Wed. – Sun.) – Registration Fees
Early #1 - Pay BEFORE August 1 - $350
Early #2 - Pay BEFORE October 1 - $400
Full Price or Pay AFTER October 1 - $500
Fee for those receiving Financial Assistance (When confirmed) - $100

Thursday (WHOLE Day
with Dinner) - $100
Thursday - Dinner ONLY - $50
Friday (WHOLE Day with Dinner & Keynote) - $100
Friday - Dinner & Keynote ONLY - $50
Saturday (WHOLE Day with Comic & Dance) - $125
Saturday – Comic & Dance ONLY - $75
Saturday – Dance ONLY - $25

Registration does not cover lodging, transportation, or the rest of your meals.

Financial Assistance is available with request (see below).

Please consider making a contribution for your scooter if needed while at the hotel; we will try to assign hotel rooms nearest the Convention Center.


To register by Postal Mail,
please download this formprint, complete, & send to
OLOC, Inc.
PO BOX 100129
Cranston, RI 02910


To apply by Postal Mail,
please download this formprint, complete, & send to
OLOC, Inc.
PO BOX 100129
Cranston, RI 02910


Help to Make the Gathering a Great Success


Workshop proposals will be accepted until July 31, 2023.

We hope many of you will consider sharing your expertise and experience with us. Preference will be given to workshops relating to our theme - Love, Laughter, and Resilience. The workshop committee will get back to you right away to finalize the proposal and then later to work on scheduling. Thanks for your interest!

 Submit Workshop Application Here


Would you like to Volunteer for the 2023 Gathering?

It takes the skills and energies of many Lesbians to create a successful Gathering. We need pre-Gathering and on-site volunteers. Would you like to help out?


VOLUNTEER for Gathering - Complete Interest Form Here

The 2023 OLOC International Gathering is brought to you by many volunteers and the Steering Committee.
Contact: info@oloc.org