Mary’s House Advocates for the LGBTQ Aging Community

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Mary’s House for Older Adults gives a voice to LGBTQ seniors during DC Black Pride

DC Black Pride is right around the corner. The weekend will include social events, award receptions, workshops and discussions, just to name a few.

One of the organizations leading important discussions is Mary’s House for Older Adults. Mary’s House—founded by Dr. Imani Woody—will be the first residence of its kind in Washington, D.C., to will provide affordable housing for LGBTQ/SGL older adults. Mary’s House “assists through education and advocacy, in the elimination of overt and subtle discriminatory behaviors, specifically in housing toward people who identify as LGBTQ.”

The board of Mary’s House is determined to bring their mission to DC Black Pride with their “Grown Folks Speak Out II” panel discussion and their 6th Annual Party With a Purpose fundraiser.

The panel discussion is a unique opportunity for people of all ages to share their experiences and opinions on aging, spirituality, housing, caregiving, isolation, and discrimination. With a special focus on Black Americans who identify as LGBTQ.

In addition to the discussions, Mary’s House and DC Black Pride have also left room for some fun and dancing. The evening will end with the organization’s 6th Annual Party With a Purpose Old School Dance at Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

This multi-generational event features a buffet, cash bar, silent auction, and door prizes. All ticket sales will benefit the building fund for Mary’s House. The evening also includes a short awards program to honor the President of the Center for Black Equity Earl Fowlkes, entertainer and activist Rayceen Pendarvis, and community organization Brother Help Thyself.

 

Grown Folks Speak Out II: Elders World Café takes place on May 26 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with light breakfast and lunch at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.

The 6th Annual Party with a Purpose Old School Dance Party also takes place at the Grand Hyatt on May 26 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

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