The LGBT Aging Project and the Somerville Council on Aging presented a workshop for many of the city Departments on Cultural Competency for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) clients. This workshop was held on January 23 at the Holland Street Center and was attended by representatives from the Somerville Housing Authority, Somerville Health Department, Fire Department and the City LGBT Liaison along with the staff of the Council on Aging.
Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, Director of the LGBT Aging Project, led the workshop that included selections from the acclaimed documentary Gen Silent. This film follows seven LGBT older adults as they face challenges having to do with aging. As Cindy Hickey, Executive Director of the COA, said in her welcoming remarks, “It is important to create an environment where all older adults feel welcome and safe and for us as professionals to understand the complexities of the populations we serve.” The Somerville Council on Aging has sponsored numerous events for both the older and intergenerational LGBT community.