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March 9, 2005
Older GLBT people speak out at Toronto home for the aged
At an afternoon session on Friday, March 11, the Senior Pride Network will
launch a poster campaign and provide some critical insights into what it means
to be an older gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender (GLBT) person in
Toronto, and what an inclusive Toronto looks like to them.

"Golden years of pride: Making the invisible visible" will feature the
unveiling of a new educational poster that celebrates the lives and
contributions of older GLBT people in our community. The event will also
feature a panel presentation by three GLBT speakers, who will talk about their
hopes and dreams of an inclusive community that includes the services they
need, and what individuals and organizations can do to make this happen.

Date: Friday, March 11

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Key Times: Greetings and opening remarks: 3 p.m.
Councillor Kyle Rae, Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale: 3:05 p.m.
Poster unveiling: 3:15 p.m.
Panel presentation: 3:20 p.m.

Location: Fudger House, 439 Sherbourne St.

The session will also include exhibits by a variety of organizations that
provide services and work in partnership with the older GLBT community.

The Senior Pride Network, co-ordinated by The 519 Church Street Community
Centre, is a collective of organizations that are working together to provide a
co-ordinated vision of services for GLBT seniors. Its members, which range from
hospitals to community centres, work to promote and celebrate GLBT seniors, and
to ensure that this community gets the support and services that all seniors
need to enjoy the highest quality of life.

The host for the afternoon is Fudger House. This Toronto Home for the Aged is
the first long-term care home in Toronto to offer targeted services to GLBT
residents in a gay positive environment. Located close to Toronto’s "gay
village," Fudger House has a longstanding commitment to ensuring that all of
its residents receive compassionate care that meets each resident’s unique

Media Contacts:
Dick Moore, Coordinator, Older GLBT Program, The 519 Church Street Community
Centre, 416-392-6878 ext. 118
Rosemary Bennett, Manager, Communication, Toronto Community and Neighbourhood
Services, 416-392-8386, 416-328-4402 (pager)



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