Don’t Miss Our FREE Feb. 27 Webinar with Brookdale Senior Living

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LGBTQ older adults are less likely to seek services from aging service providers for fear of discrimination, and may fear complex challenges and barriers in long-term care settings. Please join us Tuesday, Feb. 27, 3 – 4:30 pm for this FREE informative webinar training — geared mostly for professionals in the senior services/long-term living professions. The training — courtesy of Brookdale Miami Township — will provide practical guidance, including program and policy recommendations on developing inclusive programs/services for LGBTQ older adults. Continuing education credit (one hour) is pending for nurses, social workers and long-term living facility managers, although anyone can attend regardless of whether you need education credit.

Britta Larson, MNA, LNHA, Senior Services Director from the Center on Halsted in Chicago will conduct the webinar training, courtesy of Brookdale Miami Township, co-sponsored with Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton and held at the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter.

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Click this link to register and provide your contact information. The webinar training is FREE but you must register and attend in person. Questions? Call Brookdale Miami Township at 937-435-5269 or contact Molly Blumer at

We look forward to seeing you!


Donate to Help Us Help Older LGBTQ People in Dayton Area

As #GivingTuesday2017 approaches on Nov. 28, Rainbow Elder Care humbly asks you to consider contributing to our organization. We are a registered 501c3 non-profit giving-tuesdayorganization whose mission is to provide advocacy, educational resources, support, and referral services to the elder LGBT community and straight allies in Greater Dayton in ways that affirmatively address their unique needs and enhance their quality of life. Our efforts range from educational sessions with area senior service organizations and universities to referral information about LGBT affirming services/businesses to social activities.

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So far in 2017, we have worked with Boonshoft Pride at Boonshoft School of Medicine, the Wright State Social Work Dept., Miami University, Miami Valley Long-Term Care Association, SW Ohio Council on Aging, Cedarville University and Univ. of Dayton’s Spectrum Student Organization, among a few others. We participated in Dayton Pride activities by hosting an information booth and cooling-off station, as well as a social gathering Labor Day cookout.

You can click here to donate or use the “DONATE” button at the top of this website page. Your contribution is tax-deductible!


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Senators Introduce New Bill for Older LGBT Americans


Tammy Baldwin (WI), the first openly gay US Senator, along with Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Jeff Merkley (OR), Edward Markey (MA) and Al Franken (MN), all Democrats, introduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act today. This bill adds on to the Older Americans Act of 1965. It includes LGBT seniors within the scope of that original bill.

Furthermore, it places them ‘as a vulnerable population’ and seeks to ‘permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging’. It would be the country’s first and only resource ‘aimed at improving the quality of services and support for older LGBT adults’.

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LGBTQ Health Care: Issues of Concern

The LGBTQ community faces many health care issues. In several stories, NPR shares how the health care system has been failing transgender Americans, and our rural LGBTQ friends find it hard to find a doctor they can trust with their sexuality. To find an LGBTQ affirming health care provider please visit the GLMA link (Gay and Lesbian Medical Association) in the “Helpful Links”section (at right) here on our website.

Come to our cookout Sept. 2!

19990143_1372464692870202_8216261385075766177_nJoin us for a late summer-early fall cookout and learn more about Rainbow Elder Care! We’ll provide hamburgers, hot dogs and sides. You bring your own beverage. Together, we’ll create the fun, games and 50/50 raffle. It’s FREE. It’ll be a fun gathering as we get to know some new faces and offer some information about what Rainbow Elder Care is working on to improve the lives of LGBT elders in the greater Dayton area.

WHAT:    Rainbow Elder Care Cookout

WHEN:   Saturday, September 2, 2017

WHERE: The Grove at David’s United Church of Christ, 170 W. David Rd., Dayton, OH 45429

TIME:  Noon to 4:00 PM

There’s no cost to you to attend, but we do ask that you register to let us know you’re coming (so we know how many hamburgers and hot dogs to get! We look forward to meeting you there!

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Statement on Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

transgender-flagsRainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton exists to ensure that LGBT elders in our area are cared for and treated with respect and dignity wherever they live and work. Trump’s tweeted statement reinstating an old ban on individuals who are transgender from serving in the United States military is abhorrent and dangerous. It belies the very idea that ALL Americans, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve equal treatment and respect. This action does not just take the United States backward, it also denigrates the service of more than 15,000 transgender Americans who have served – and who greatly love – our country.

Rainbow Elder Care stands with our transgender brothers and sisters who serve in our armed forces, and with their families. We will lend our voice and actions to help stop this bigoted effort, and we want to affirm to all our transgender sisters and brothers that you are loved and valued. We are one in this struggle. We will fight for and with you.

We urge the Trump administration to immediately reverse this decision, and we call upon our fellow LGBT and allied organizations to join us in condemning this bigoted stance against fellow human beings.

Rainbow Elder Care at Dayton Pride 2017

Thanks to all those who stopped by our booth at Dayton Pride. Over 300 people visited our booth to learn more about how we’re helping improve the lives of older LGBTQ adults in the Dayton area. It was a fun festive day. We were a cooling station offering water and a cool fan breeze for those needing a break from the heat and the sun. Next year we’re going to need more water, more fans and chairs for people to sit down.


Supreme Court Protects LGBT Adoptions

This is gratifying news!  The Supreme Court is respecting our families, as it should.  Always remember that it’s LOVE that makes a family, not only genetics.

Supreme Court Rules Gay Adoptions Must Be Honored Across State Lines

Federal Judge Rules Against LGBT Housing Discrimination

wapo housing discrimination picA federal judge, in a first, ruled Wednesday that the federal law barring housing discrimination protects LGBT people.

The Federal Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to refuse to rent or sell housing to anyone because of “sex, familial status, or national origin.” But since it says nothing about sexual orientation or gender identity, questions remained regarding whether LGBT people are covered. The answer, an increasingly common one in anti-discrimination cases, was yes. It came from Judge U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore in Denver.

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