Old Lesbians Organizing for Change in RI
by Mev Miller
l-r: Sally Hay, Deb Valletta (seated), Thea Ernest, Marjorie Moskol, Mev Miller
A chapter of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) is mobilizing old lesbians in Rhode Island. OLOC, a national organization founded in 1989, has chapters all over the country. While we work for a future free of all oppressions, OLOC is specifically focused on the well-being of old lesbians, 60+ years of age.
A small group of old lesbians has been meeting for the past year in RI, and it’s been an exciting time of exploration and discussion. In an effort to broaden our visibility, the first community welcome gathering was held on November 17, at Character's Cafe in Cranston. Twenty-three old dykes ranging in age from 63-93 years of age gathered to learn more about OLOC. We experienced a supportive and spirited afternoon, as we explored such questions as what does it mean to be “old?” How do we experience ageism? Why is the “L” in “LGBTQ” disappearing?
OLOC is a cooperative community of old lesbian feminist activists from many backgrounds working for justice and the well-being of all old lesbians, and to eliminate the oppression of ageism. While we enjoy the social connections, OLOC-RI wants to honor the “Organizing for Change” in our name. In the coming year, we will focus on voter registration (celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote), and educating about issues of critical importance for upcoming elections, like healthcare and LGBTQ rights – especially for seniors.
Follow on Facebook at Old Lesbians Organizing for Change – Rhode Island Chapter. Email us: OLOCinRI@gmail.com.