Nov. 20 is Transgender Remembrance Day in honor of those who died for being themselves.

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Two services will be held today in Dayton at 7 pm. One at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton, and another at St. John’s UCC on 3rd St.

October is Domestic Abuse Month: LGBT Victims

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About every 9 seconds someone is experiencing the pain and terror of domestic abuse. Often it is a spouse or partner, but sometimes it is children. Domestic abuse affects LGBT people too, but it may be more difficult to identify because of the different psychosocial dynamics in same-sex relationships. If you are victimized by domestic abuse — not only physical abuse but mental/psychological as well — don’t hesitate to reach out for help. BRAVO is an Ohio organization focused on helping LGBT victims of domestic abuse. The Artemis Center in Dayton, Ohio, also is a valuable resource. You are not alone! Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Learn Your Rights to Social Security at Oct. 8 Dayton Seminar

Now that we have won the right to marry, you may have lots of questions about Social Security:

When is the best time to file for benefits?
Is there any difference in benefits between same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples?
What if my spouse made more than me while we worked?
What are my rights if my spouse dies?

Join Rainbow Elder Care for a lunch-and-learn information session about Social Security benefits.

What: Social Security benefits seminar
with Theresa Busher,
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

When: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Where: Miami Valley Fair Housing Center
505 Riverside Drive
Dayton, OH 45405

Time: Check-in 11:45 am
Program – Noon – 1:30 pm

Cost: $15 (includes lunch)

To Register:

Click on the button below for reservation/payment or send a check and contact information (including e-mail if any) by October 1, to:

Rainbow Elder Care
5280 Bigger Rd.
Dayton, OH 45440

Click on the button below to register, then click on the link to the right of the page to pay with a credit card.


Marriage Equality Now the Law of the Land!


LGBT Veterans to Get Memorial

A monument dedicated to LGBT veterans will be unveiled in a national cemetery near Chicago on Memorial Day, in a celebration of the first federally approved monument to LGBT veterans.

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Make Your Voice Heard: White House Council on Aging and LGBT Voices

Take just a few minutes to take this survey and/or tell your story so that our voices can be heard at the White House Council on Aging.

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SCOTUS Hears Landmark Marriage Equality Cases April 28

This Tuesday April 28 the Supreme Court of the United States will hear landmark cases from four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. These cases could change the landscape of marriage equality by making marriage between same-sex couples legal across our great country. Here is a video that highlights the struggle toward marriage equality over the last 20 years.


Don’t Miss Miami Valley Long-term Care Seminar on LGBT Aging – for service providers

OHCA District II
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Sinclair Community College, Building 12, Charity Earley Ballroom
11:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

State & Federal Updates Kenneth Daily, LNHA

Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults
Dr. Nancy A. Orel, Ph.D., LPC, Associate Dean
College of Health and Human Services, Bowling Green State University

$30.00 for members and $50.00 for

3.5 CEUs for Administrators, Nurses and
Licensed Social Workers

Please RSVP by Wed., April 8th by Noon
via phone (937) 299-3798 or e-mail:

Send payment to:
Make checks payable to:
OHCA/EFOCHA or pay with cash or credit card at the door

Gay Civil Rights Leader Bayard Rustin on Martin Luther King Jr.

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Selma and Gay Civil Rights Leader Bayard Rustin

Two Rainbow Elder Care board members and I went to see the film Selma over this past weekend. It is a good film — not great — but good. There are some phenomenal performances in the film and it should be required viewing for young people in particular because there are actions afoot today that undermine the hard work done to achieve voting rights and equal access to the ballot box. I was dismayed that the film did not more fully and accurately portray the important role of gay African American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. He was an integral part of that civil rights movement, and he was only marginally portrayed and referenced in the film. The uninformed viewer would have no idea that Rustin was so integral to the movement and that his sexual orientation became an issue among the leaders of the movement. It would be important for many in both the African American and LGBT civil rights movements to understand the nexus between the two movements through the complex people involved — people of all sexual orientations. Telling the full story about the LGBT people who were in the trenches in the iconic civil rights events of the past would help. Rep. John Lewis explains about Rustin and the interconnected struggles here.