Welcome Red River Rainbow Seniors! This new group was formed to provide social and educational opportunities for our 50+ demographic. Advocacy and support were quickly added to the group’s mission statement, since they are equally important to enriching lives.
A gathering at the HoDo was organized by AARP after Pride in the Park in 2016. A number of those in attendance began to gather information about the issues discussed at that gathering last August. The group began to meet in November 2016 to continue discussions in a more formal manner and initiate forming an organized group to address issues and activities relevant to the older LGBTQ demographic in our community.
Red River Rainbow Seniors has been meeting monthly since that time at the Pride Collective & Community Center. These monthly business meetings provide an excellent time for programs, to interact, and to plan. Early this spring, the group developed its mission statement:
Red River Rainbow Seniors is an organization dedicated to providing advocacy, education, support, and fun to the elder LGBTQ community in the Red River Valley.
In May 2017, the group officially became a member organization under the Pride Collective & Community Center, and in June the group voted in its inaugural board of directors. We’ll have a booth on Saturday at Pride in the Park, will be co-sponsor for the 2nd annual AARP social gathering (after festivities in the park are over) at the Boiler Room, and host the Pride Family Picnic after the parade on Sunday at the Pride Collective & Community Center.
Monthly socials gather us for fun discussions with mixer games, prizes, and shared food and beverages. Since March, Red River Rainbow Seniors has met at a variety of venues in Fargo/Moorhead for Happy Hour. In February, we began movie nights to expose us to relevant films; we enjoy plenty of talk before and after.
Plans for the group include advocacy for dealing with our aging lives. We are currently engaged in evaluating partnership opportunities with national LGBTQ organizations and advocacy groups to broaden our access to information. Legal rights, LGBTQ equality, health issues, and access to care are at the top of the list of concerns.
At this time meetings and events are centered around our immediate geographic area, however Red River Rainbow Seniors hopes to extend its reach via the web and outreach regionally & nationally. There are several local projects in the works already. A group has been formed to begin working to collect oral histories of area LGBTQs via audio and video. Aside from outreach at Pride events, plans for the coming year include having information tables at non-Pride area events, educational forums and engagement with medical facilities, nursing homes, and other senior service providers.
This group is all about sharing and growing. Come join us! Look for us at Pride in the Park. For more info, find us on FB – Red River Rainbow Seniors, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to a meeting. See the schedule below:
Meeting dates thru the end of 2017.
All meetings will be held at 7pm at Pride Collective & Community Center.
1105 1st Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58102
October thru April: Monthly meetings will be held on the 1st Friday of the month.
May thru September: Monthly meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of the month.
This seasonal shift helps to accommodate summer weekend travel.
May 3rd (Wed) Sept 6th (Wed)
June 7th (Wed) Oct 6th (Fri)
July 5th (Wed) Nov 3rd (Fri)
Aug 2nd (Wed) Dec 1st (Fri)