Mature Lesbians _BEST_
Last year around this time, we asked Keith Mays, pioneer in the field of men who look like old lesbians, to run down the 25 best examples of this confounding phenomenon. Since that time, he has continued to update his blog with more, and in some cases better, examples of famous men who look like old gay women.
In 2018, more than 30 years after its founding, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC), a national (U.S.) organization for lesbians 60 and over, defines its mission as "addressing what it means to be Old and to be Lesbian; finding ways to gather groups of Old Lesbians together for ongoing support; working against all oppressions that affect Old Lesbians; [and] standing in solidarity with allies for racial, economic and social justice."The book Look Me in the Eye: Old Women, Aging and Ageism by Barbara Macdonald and Cynthia Rich (1983), which exposed harsh realities of ageism on old women, was the inspiration for the founding of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change. In April 1987, the First West Coast Conference by and for old lesbians in Southern California was held at the California State University Dominguez Campus in Carson, California. It was so successful that in August 1989, old lesbians in Northern California sponsored The Second West Coast Conference. Out of the larger group of old lesbians attending these two events came a smaller group of sixteen that wished to concentrate their efforts on challenging ageism. This group founded The Old Lesbian Organizing Committee, which was later renamed Old Lesbians Organizing for Change. Participation was strictly limited to lesbians sixty years of age and older, although OLOC has always welcomed the support of younger lesbians, encouraging them to work against ageism while respecting the need for separate space for Old Lesbians. To minimize travel expenses for committee members, most meetings during the first two years were held in California. A concerted effort was then made to expand the geographic representation by moving the meetings around the country.OLOC quickly established a newsletter to reach Old Lesbians around the country and began enrolling subscribers. Committee members focused early efforts on development of educational materials on ageism, using the familiar and effective format of consciousness raising sessions. These materials were pooled and published in The Facilitator's Handbook: Confronting Ageism: Consciousness Raising for Lesbians 60 and Over (early 1990s). Much of OLOC's early work was done within both the women's and LGBT communities, since ageism was as entrenched in those communities as it was in society at large. Often at its own expense, OLOC provided speakers and presentations to dozens of workshops and conferences, challenging the status quo and demanding to be a part of the process. OLOC felt strongly that younger people couldn't effectively speak for Old Lesbians and insisted that Old Lesbians be allowed to represent themselves. OLOC was a strong and highly visible part of the National Lesbian Conference in Atlanta in 1991 as well as the March on Washington in 1993. By 1992, OLOC sought and gained non-profit status, incorporating in the state of Texas, and in 1994 also achieved tax-exempt status. In addition to publishing a quarterly newsletter, The OLOC Reporter, and holding biennial Gatherings, OLOC confronts ageism wherever it is found. OLOC has also been associated with the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, which gathers the unique stories of lesbians who are seventy years of age and older. OLOC operates both as a national organization and through local chapters that have formed across the country. [source: OLOC Website]
When you were a tad younger, hitting bars was probably the greatest idea since sliced bread. Now, you're more mature and you know what you are looking for in a partner, whether it's a serious relationship or a lifelong friend.
The emerging recollections, perceptions and storied biographies of older lesbians and gay men and their experiences in rural Britain are presented in the article, alongside consideration of the multiple qualitative methodologies used in a unique multi-method participatory action research project. The project aimed to empower older lesbians and gay men in rural areas through a collaborative design and meaningful participation in the research process itself. Methods included the core Biographic Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) (JONES, 2001, 2004; WENGRAF, 2001) with its interpretation of data by panels of citizens. In addition, visual ethnographic site visits, a focus group and two days of theatrical improvisation of interview data to explore action within the texts were used. The project embraced the principles of a performative social science (GERGEN & JONES, 2008; JONES, 2006, 2012) in its dissemination plan.
In 2012 we celebrated the election of the first lesbian U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin, and the elections of four members of the House of Representatives who are gay or bisexual: Mark Takano of California, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin. They joined Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island who was elected in 2011. All are Democrats.Their campaigns were funded in no small part by the contributions of LGBT and progressive groups and indi- viduals, and their elections came with attendant hopes that they would bring to their offices the progressive ideals and equality stewardship on which they campaigned. Yet two members of the new LGBT caucus betrayed us by turning their backs on one of the Obama administration's major pieces of legislation; one that promises to materially improve the lives of many lesbians, transgender people, and people with HIV/AIDS in particular. In doing so, they've acted against the best interests of LGBT people in America.Rep. Sinema, who is bisexual, and Rep. Maloney, who is gay, were two of only nine Democrats to break with their party and side with the GOP: They voted for House Speaker John Boehner's bill to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the one that ultimately led to the government shutdown. Maloney voted to call a conference committee with the Senate in an attempt to re-ligitate the already-settled Obamacare law, and both Sinema and Maloney voted to repeal the tax on medical devices. Additionally, Maloney voted to gut the food stamps program by $20 billion, voted with the GOP on the debt ceiling, and took the lead on a bill that would roll back reforms on Wall Street -- the reforms meant to prevent another recession.How do any of these votes represent justice for lesbians, who are among the lowest paid segment of the work force? Or people with HIV/AIDS, especially the poor, whose pre-existing conditions prevented them from getting affordable health care? Or trans men and women, who are so often denied employment, medical care, and housing? The HRC and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund supported both candidates, and in return both representatives chose to aid the shutdown of the government over the very real opportunity to aid the LGBT poor and disenfranchised, and those who helped to put them in office. Both continue to hold fundraisers with LGBT rights groups while we're left to wonder, with Dems like these, who needs Republicans?As more people identify openly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans, we're bound to see more societal acceptance and political involvement. Soon, it will be impossible for anyone to ignore our existence in every echelon of society. Ultimately, we'll see a broader range of political views exhibited in candidates for office. And we're probably going to see even more queer candidates espouse incomprehensible positions that sit firmly at odds with the civil rights pursued by LGBTs.But however diverse our positions may be, if we are to remain a force for equality and civil rights, we must support those candidates and politicians who advocate for LGBTs, who work hard for anyone shut out of economic opportunity, who champion the less fortunate, the disenfranchised, the disconsolate. We, as LGBT voters and givers of campaign dollars, have to be especially discerning. And we have to let groups who would organize for LGBT candidates know that we will not blindly hand over our support and cash simply because of a politician's orientation or gender identity. We need to hold them to their ideals, and we need to raise funds to unseat those who betray us. It's time for the LGBT electorate to mature, and to never allow for expedience where valor is required.
A straight girl gets trained and dominated into a lesbian sex slave by several aggressive and butch lesbians. She finds out she actually prefers women and that being controlled turns her on, but how far is she willing to go?
In a special warm up to Brighton Pride, New Writing South supported the launch of the new book by Brighton-based writer-researcher, Jane Traies. Over 70 people came along to hear Jane read excerpts of some of the first-hand accounts of older lesbians, Now You See Me: Lesbian Life Stories (Tollington Press, 2018).
With respect to the legal system, LGBT individuals report distrust and fear that their advance directives will not be respected due to their sexual minority status . This fear may originate from a lifetime of discrimination and/or experiences interfacing with the medico-legal system. Data from the US indicate that older lesbians report having struggled with policies that ignore their lifetime romantic partnerships and thereby deny them end-of-life decision-making and access to death benefits .
A survey of 1963 transgender adults found that respondents had major concerns about end-of-life that were integrated with concerns about chronic illness and disability . In general, the findings indicated that respondents were not prepared for major legal issues and events that take place in the last stages of life and reported fears about the future. In a follow-up study using the same database but focusing on transgender-identified lesbians, Witten similarly found that respondents were poorly prepared for end-of-life . The author suggests that lack of end-of-life legal protections and documentation serve as barriers to this particular population and more measures should be implemented in order to remedy this issue. 041b061a72