OLOC Zooms

Please do not share information about upcoming OLOC Zoom events on social media. This includes mixed group email forums or listserv groups to which you belong. Thanks for helping to maintain our Zoom events as safer Lesbian-only space.
If you have questions about your list, please contact info@oloc.org
OR zoom@OLOC-Chapters.groups.io.

Zoom Schedule

Zoom events are only available to OLOC affiliates unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for all events. Registration links for OLOC Zooms are typically available three weeks before the event. Watch for the Zoom advertising emails! All events are closed captioned. Details are subject to change.
Past Zooms can be found in the Affiliates Portal.
You will receive the Affiliates password when you join OLOC. If you’ve lost the password email mev@oloc.org

NOTE: ALL dates and start times are tentative and listed in ET.
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Closed Captioning is AVAILABLE  for ALL Zoom events.

Panels and Presentations
These programs are open to all Lesbians except where noted.

Confronting Sexism: Internalized Misogyny and Sexism
Tuesday, February 20, 2024,. 3:00 pm (ET) 

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Women are not immune from sexist beliefs, patriarchal values and behaviors, or misogyny. They pervade our social climate, subliminally and overtly. Our socialization has woven them into our consciousness.
How have you experienced sexism from other women? 
Are you aware of the sexist attitudes in yourself?
Do strong women invite disapproval and dislike from you? 
Woman-hating often finds expression in the feelings we have about our bodies and eating disorders feature large in the consequences of sexism. Does this resonate with you?
Please reflect on this issue, which is not a superficial one, and the proposed questions and join us in this important discussion.

End White Dominance: Police Structure: No More Police book
Friday, February 23, 2024 4:00 – 5:30 pm (ET)
4th Friday of each Month…
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We will discuss what is called “soft police” and the challenges of reform.
If you are interested in what was discussed at the first session of the series, please email Patty O’Donnell at pattytothepines@gmail.com for a copy of the notes

Women’s Herstory Month and Sexism
Tuesday, March 19, 2024  3:00 to 4:30 pm ET
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There will be five minute presentations by OLOC Lesbians on women that they know, admire, have heard about or read about who is or was active in fighting sexism, patriarchy, misogyny. Please choose a woman to present at the session – no sign up necessary.

Gentleman Jack/Anne Lister
Monday, March 11, 2024 4:00(ET)
Presentation with discusssion
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Full Description pending
Presentation by OLOC Affiliates who are enthusiasts of Gentleman Jack
Amanda Aikman (1953 – author of Miss Lister’s Guest House: A Lesbian Romance), Eileen Wetherall (1954), and Janet Lea (author of The Gentleman Jack Effect: Lessons in Breaking Rules and Living Out Loud).

End White Dominance: Women’s Herstory Month/International Women’s Day: Lesbians of Color
Friday, March 22, 2024  4:00 – 5:30 pm (ET)

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Choose a Lesbian of Color that you would like to do a 5 minute presentation on.
To sign up, please email Patty O’Donnell at pattytothepines@gmail.com.

Lesbian Connection [LC]: A national dialogue
Thursday, May 21, 2024, 3:00-5:00 pm (ET), noon-2 pm (PT)

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A panel of collective members from Lesbian Connection will consider these questions and more. 

  • How did LC magazine get started?  
  • Lesbian and feminist collectives were the way 50 years ago, but most are now long gone.  How has LC managed to stay a collective after all these years? 
  • Lesbian feminism has had plenty of controversies. How have you managed to balance/survive them while presenting the opinions and feelings of both sides? 
  • What topics are you most proud of handling?  Any you wish you’d handled better or avoided entirely?
  • Q&A – Audience input

Open Houses
Open to Old Lesbians only (participants can come and go at any time) unless otherwise noted.
Open houses are 90 minutes.

Living Single — Still
Monday, February 5, 2024 4:00–5:30 pm (ET)

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(There was such a good conversation last October, we’re offering it again.)
Let’s share and talk about ourselves as single lesbians – our stories, our experiences, our learnings and whatever relates!   What you might consider talking about are how and why you became single and are now, and what are your perspectives and feelings about being single – what’s going well and what isn’t – along with your other relevant thoughts. We plan for a truly sharing discussion.  We hope mutual positive support and mutual meaningful benefits will result from our discussion here.    So do join in and share your experiences living in a culture where being single is often considered the less desirable life style – but we are proving differently!
Facilitated by Sue Reamer (1942) and Janet Stetser (1937)

“What Did You Say?”: Old Lesbians Coping with Hearing Loss
Thursday, March 28, 2024  4:00 pm–5:30 pm (ET)
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Many Old Lesbians struggle with hearing loss — either over a lifetime or as a new experience with aging. Hearing loss is complicated and results from a variety of factors. Some of us are in denial about our own hearing loss. Some of us resist hearing aids for various reasons including cost or vanity. For all of us, loss of hearing can affect our health, social connections, and self-image.  This zoom will start off with short presentations by OLOC Affiliates (from the ASL Chat group and a few others) who have first-hand experience with loss of hearing. A perspective of someone who lives with partners and family with hearing loss will be included. Suggestions for how to support and treat those with hearing loss will also be offered. We will then open the zoom for general discussion for sharing experiences. If time permits, we may even offer a few ASL signs for easy communication.

NOTE: This event will NOT be covering issues of Deafness or Deaf culture. We plan to offer this topic as a separate event in the near future. 

Introduced by the ASL Chat Group and friends: Mev Miller, Libby Allen, Deb Shapiro, Linden Winterberger, Ellen Frohsinn, JR Raphael, Retts Scauzillo, Janet Stetser, Rand Hall – Facilitated by Mev Miller

Support and Discussion Groups
These groups are for affiliates of National OLOC.

Lesbians of Color Discussion Group
The group meets by Zoom every third Wednesday of the month at 2:30 P.M. PT/5:30 P.M. ET. If you are an Old/Elder Lesbian of Color and would like to participate in the discussions, please contact Alí Marrero Calderón at ali@oloc.org.

ASL Practice
After taking some time off, we’re resuming our regular ASL practice sessions via Zoom. The group welcomes all OLOC affiliates who would like to practice ASL skills they already have, or learn new skills.
To receive the Zoom invitation links, send your email address to Libby at libby0819allen@gmail.com or Linden at lrwinterberger@gmail.com.
Meets 1st and 3rd Sundays at 7:00 ET, Starting January 21
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Caregivers Support Group
This group is open to OLOC affiliates who are currently caregiving.
Meets every Monday of each month at 1:00 P.M. ET.

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Co-Facilitators: Barb Ester, 1947, and Ruth Debra, 1944.This Zoom group offers opportunities to share experiences and ideas, difficulties and joys, so we can be the best at what we are doing. We understand that due to the nature of caregiving, there may be times you cannot make it or have to leave early. Enrollment is limited. Pre-registration is required.
Contact olocccZoom@gmail.com for information.

Widows Support Group
We currently have two groups, both full. If you would like to initiate and facilitate an additional group or be placed on a waiting list, please contact olocccZoom@gmail.com

Radical Lesbian Feminists Discussion Group
This group is currently full. A second group may be forming but we are still identifying co-facilitators and a techie. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please contact olocccZoom@gmail.com.

Please note: We have limited capacity for hosting additional groups. However, if you have suggestions or ideas, please contact olocccZoom@gmail.com.

Discussion Etiquette Statement
For all OLOC communications and events, you are responsible for your own contribution which means using “I” statements whenever possible. Each OLOC affiliate and supporter is to do your part in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all through your words and actions. Please use respectful and considerate language at all times, which includes not using racial, ethnic, or any other slurs. OLOC supports civil disagreements between participants and promotes reflective listening. And please note, individual opinions do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or attitudes of OLOC as a whole.
(11/11/23)

If you have any questions, please contact oloccczoom@gmail.com (National Zoom events only) or Susan@oloc.org (End White Dominance programs only).

If you missed a past Zoom or would like to see one again…they are available to OLOC affiliates.

You will receive the Affiliates password when you join OLOC.
Affiliates are Lesbians who have reached their 55th year.
If you want to check your affiliation, please contact: info@oloc.org 

If you’re an affiliate who has lost the password email mev@oloc.org or info@oloc.org 

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