Aging with Pride, our weekly (Thursdays 11 am to noon) conversation group, is now 6 months old and thriving. Our meetings to date have been via ZOOM but we hope pandemic rules will permit us to add an in-person component at Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square) in May or June. We will retain the online component so that both speakers and audience will be able to choose the format which best suits them.
We have an exciting lineup of confirmed presenters. On April 7 Liz Massiah and Michael Phair will have a conversation about community building followed on April 14 by two speakers from Saskatoon who will outline their initiatives for GLBTQ2S+ seniors in Saskatchewan. The final two presentations that month will address important legal documents for seniors with lawyer Erin Lafuente (April 21) and elder abuse with an expert from Sage (April 28).
On May 5, Kris Wells, Darrin Hagen and Michelle Lavoie will tell us about creating the newly minted Edmonton Pride History project (in time for a map- or app-directed spring walk through Edmonton’s queer history). They will be followed by Eric Storey dealing with Finance 101 ((May 12); Kirk Kryvenchuk on Edmonton Vocal Minority, our community choir (May 19); and Jo-Ann Rauschenberger who on May 26 will recount her experiences driving the Pride Bus.
Finally, on June 2 we will have Darrin Hagen return in a solo act present reading from his works and sharing what it was like to be a drag icon before RuPaul. We are delighted that Blake Desjarlais, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach, and the only openly Two-Spirit person and indigenous Member to have been elected to the House of Commons from Alberta, will join us on June 9. We will have our Strawberry Tea, a legacy of the late Jeff Bovee, hopefully in person at Sage on June 16. Northern Heart (Linda and Danielle) will provide musical entertainment. We await confirmations from our final two June invitees.