The Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club is hosting a panel discussion on a growing issue facing LGBTs 55 years of age and older: ageism from within and outside the LGBT community. Discussion will occur between 6:30 and 8PM on Monday, September 12, at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St., in San Francisco.
Alice Co- chairs Lou Fischer and Brian Leubitz are proud that Alice is undertaking one of the first forums to discuss LGBT Ageism directly.
 
“Alice is committed to increasing diversity and tolerance in San Francisco,” said club co-chair Brian Leubitz. “With the housing and homelessness crises disproportionately affecting the LGBT community, particularly senior members of our community, we can and must do more on these problems.”
 
Co-chair Lou Fischer said “I have been living and working in San Francisco for decades, and understand that sometimes our community fails to treat all of our community members with the compassion and respect that they deserve. This panel will look for ways to address these very real problems facing the LGBT community and San Francisco as a whole.”
 
Ageism is an issue in American society, given fundamental cultural preferences for young, new, and fresh, rather than aged, old, and experienced. These preferences are heightened in the LGBT community, due to “external” societal bias toward LGBTS as well as to “internal” LGBT bias toward aging LGBTS.
The public as well as members of the Alice B Toklas Club are invited to hear a distinguished panel discuss how ageism occurs in areas such as employment, housing, and social services, and how it is experienced by LGBT elders on a personal and social level every day. The panel will also discuss how ageism can be addressed going forward. The audience will have the opportunity to question panelists following the panel discussion.
 
Panelists include:
 
Shireen McSpadden, Director of the SF Department of Adult and Aging Services
 
Dr. Marcy Adelman Ph.D. Founder of openHouse and practicing clinical psychologist
 
Daniel Redman JD, Elderlaw Attorney at Springs and Associates, formerly at NCLR
 
Sam Trevino MSW, Faculty member at CSU Monterey Bay, focuses on ageism and how diversity influences the experience and perception of ageism
 
Moderator: Michael Costa MPP, San Francisco Aging Policy Taskforce and Alice Emeritus Board member, with 30 years’ work in social and health policy areas.
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