About Us

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 Community Center and the Madison Senior Center.

Its purpose is to create a better quality of life for LGBT 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
  • Fay Ferrington
  • Rick Petzke
  • Thom Rux
  • Marybeth Wilk
  • Peggy Young
  • co-chairs Bill McAleer & Karen Kane
  • OutReach Senior Advocate Ticia Kelsey (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.

Groups | Events | Programs

Gay, Gray & Beyond Discussion Group

Members of the LGBTQ+ communities meet for friendly, open conversations on topics determined by those present.

Meetings take place the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 2pm at the Madison Senior Center. 330 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703. The group is facilitated by an OutReach volunteer.

Exploring Spirituality: A Learning & Discussion Group

This group looks at how the world religions deal with issues realted to LGBTQ people. We also examine spirituality outside or religious institutions.

Meetings take place the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 1pm at OutReach LGBT Community Center. 2701 International Lane, Madison, WI 53704

Coffee Meetups

This social group meets at various coffee shops and non-profit organizations around the City of Madison several times a month.

Email Karen at karenlkane13@gmail.com for more info.

Decaf with Ticia at Warner Park

Open discussion time with OutReach’s LGBT Senior Advocate, Ticia Kelsey. Come out for lively conversations and activities!

Meetings take place the 3rd Monday of the month, 2pm at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr.
Madison, WI 53704

Quarterly Dinners

The LGBTQ 50+ Alliance sponsors Dinner Socials once each calendar quarter at a nominal cost. Held at the Madison Senior Center from 6-8pm, the dinners are followed by a music, comedy, or another variety of show. They at times also feature and educational aspect of community interest. Call 608.255.8582 or check back on the website for dates!

Special Events

The 50+ Alliance periodically offers programs of interest to the LGBTQ 50+ community. Past events have included workshops on navigating Medicare, managing personal finances in retirement

Meetings take place the 3rd Monday of the month, 2pm at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr.
Madison, WI 53704

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