About the LGBTQ 50+ Alliance

Formally called the LGBT Senior Alliance, the LGBTQ 50+ Alliance is committed to connecting LGBTQ adults with programs and services in our community. The LGBTQ 50+ Alliance is sponsored by OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center and the Madison Senior Center.

Its purpose is to create a better quality of life for LGBTQ older adults by building partnerships with senior service providers and providing intergenerational social opportunities.

Committee Mission
To develop and promote events and activities for LGBTQ adults age 50+, their friends, families, and allies, providing advocacy and reducing isolation.

Committee Vision
Our vision is to have fun, educate, and advocate for LGBTQ 50+ adults.

Current members of the committee:

  • Carol Berglund

  • Anita Palmer

  • Thom Rux

  • Marybeth Wilk

  • Peggy Young

  • Wayne Gathright, OutReach Board Member

  • co-chairs Shelley Hansen-Blake & Karen Kane

  • OutReach Senior Advocate Kristi Mason (serves as liaison from OutReach)


OutReach staff members Steve Starkey, Mark Hargrove, Brian Maulana-Ponce and Madison Senior Center staff members Sally Jo Spaeni and Laura Hunt provide oversight, funding, and support of all events and activities.

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