One Iowa to host third annual LGBTQ Senior Summit this weekend

DES MOINES — One Iowa, Iowa’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, will host its 3rd Annual LGBTQ Senior Summit on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Grand View University Student Center. The summit runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Formerly known as “Gay & Gray in the Midwest”, One Iowa’s Annual LGBTQ Senior Summit provides workshops, speakers, and social opportunities to address the needs of older LGBTQ people in Iowa. Older LGBTQ people gather to learn more about the resources available to them and come together as a community, while organizations and individuals serving older people gather to gain valuable knowledge about how best to serve their LGBTQ clientele and raise awareness of their services.

“Older LGBTQ Iowans face unique challenges as they age, like finding and accessing inclusive health and housing services,” One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. Through this event, we aim to connect them with support, resources, and each other. It is only because of the decades of hard work and dedication our LGBTQ elders have contributed to the fight for equality that younger LGBTQ Iowans are able to live as openly as we do today. They are the foundation our community stands on, and they deserve to live safely and openly at every stage of their lives.”

Britta Larson, senior services director at Center on Halsted in Chicago, is the summit’s featured keynote speaker. The Center on Halsted is the largest LGBTQ community center in the Midwest, serving more than 1,000 people each day. Larson is responsible for overseeing the center’s older adult programs and managing the nation’s first homesharing program designed for LGBTQ older adults. Prior to coming to Center on Halsted, she worked for eight years at a senior living community in the areas of social services and marketing. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and holds a Master’s degree in nonprofit management from North Park University. Larson will speak at 8:45 a.m.

Larson will also speak at AARP Iowa’s opening reception for the 3rd Annual LGBTQ Senior Summit on Friday, Aug. 4 at Gilroy’s. The reception will last from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Larson will speak during the reception program beginning at 6 p.m. Admission to the reception is free and open to public and press.

Tickets for One Iowa’s 3rd Annual Senior Summit are available for $30 online until Thursday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. They may also be purchased at AARP Iowa’s opening reception. Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included. Click here for more information about the summit including how to purchase tickets and an agenda for the day.

via press release