Senior Alliance Anniversary Honored

Madison's LGBT Senior Alliance
Honored For Programs of Excellence By
National Institute of Senior Centers

In the Summer of 2001 the Madison Senior Center and OutReach, Inc.( an LGBT Center) began a collaboration that sought to serve the interests and needs of LGBT senior adults. These two agencies formed a group of interested people to provide requested social activities for older (over 45) seniors. This self directed team, called the LGBT Senior Alliance, planned and organized programs and advocated for LGBT senior adults.

Additional advocacy resulted in both the City of Madison and the County AAA providing funding for a half time LGBT senior advocate who provides information and referral to important social services to members of the LGBT senior population. The 15th anniversary on September 29, 2016, celebrates the partnership, validates the LGBT senior population and encourages others who might benefit from this program to join us.

This program is a national model both as a collaboration and as a self directed team, highlighting the LGBT senior population and developing activities that meet their interests. This advocacy also expanded awareness, visibility and made resources available to the population.