Drag Queens Sashay for Seniors!

$1,600 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 31 months
Janet Geary
on behalf of Roxana Blades
 SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Drag Queens Help Ailing Seniors Stay in Their Homes
Click your heels three times and say, “there’s no place like home”.  Too many seniors and adults with disabilities wish staying at home or even returning home after acute bouts of illness were so easy.  However, due to a lack of resources, family or friends, they often remain hospitalized and face eviction from their homes. This summer the original drag queens of San Francisco are joining forces with the Institute on Aging (IOA) to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month and, like Glenda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz, help aging adults realize there’s no place like home.

These iconic stage performers will appear on IOA’s float, a rolling lounge revue, at the San Francisco LGBTQ Pride Parade.  They will also click and kick up their high heels at the city’s first LGBTQ Senior Prom, an intergenerational dance for seniors in life and in high school, at IOA’s San Francisco headquarters.  And on August 7, drag performers at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge in San Francisco are hosting a charity show benefiting IOA programs and services.

 “These legendary performers brought drag out of a subcultural shadow and into the spotlight of popular culture, so the Institute on Aging is proud to honor their contributions and partner with them in support of seniors and adults with disabilities,” said Karyn Skultety, PhD, Vice President of Health Services at IOA.  “Our theme this year is ‘Life’s a Stage…Age On!’ and I believe our special guests epitomize that slogan in their art and in their lives.”

These drag divas, still strutting their stuff at the Bay area’s oldest gay nightclubs, will be making appearances to support IOA services for low-income and culturally diverse older adults, including LGBTQ clients, some living with HIV/AIDS.

The Institute on Aging is widely recognized for its innovative and comprehensive services for seniors and adults with disabilities, as well as families and caregivers.  A one-stop resource for physical, psychological and social services, IOA is one of Northern California’s largest community-based nonprofit organizations currently serving 20,000 clients and family members.
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Update 5
Posted by Janet Geary
27 months ago
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Aunt Charlie's Lounge Presents Benefit for IOA!

Veteran drag performers at the iconic Aunt Charlie's Lounge in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood hosted a benefit for the Institute on Aging Sunday evening, October 9. All proceeds go to support services for LGBT seniors and other older adults and adults with disabilities. The donations, including a memorial gift for a former IOA employee and beloved regular at Aunt Charlie's, were enough to provide one month of adult day care services and respite for primary caregivers. Please join these legendary divas of drag in supporting the growing "silver tsunami" of needy seniors in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Posted by Janet Geary
30 months ago
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Pride Month is over, but LGBT Pride is forever. So are the growing needs of seniors and adults with disabilities. The Institute on Aging (IOA)will keep this site up through the summer to help older adults live well and as independently as possible. Thanks again to Collette LeGrande, Donna Personna and Victoria Secret, San Francisco's original drag divas, for being incredible IOA ambassadors. Join them and IOA in keeping hope alive for thousands of isolated and vulnerable seniors.
Collette LeGrande at LGBT Senior Prom
Divas of Drag on IOA float at SF Pride
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Update 3
Posted by Janet Geary
31 months ago
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Life's a Stage! #AGE ON
Three of San Francisco's original drag queens--Collette LeGrande, Donna Personna and Victoria Secret--graced the Institute on Aging parade float at San Francisco's 46th Annual LGBT Pride celebration. While thrilling thousands along the parade route, these fierce divas brought awareness to the special needs of LGBT seniors and persons with disabilities. Their longevity on the stage and charity-spirited presence in the community combine to benefit IOA programs and services throughout the summer. Thanks to them and to you for helping the most vulnerable among us. Age On...Rage On!
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Posted by Janet Geary
31 months ago
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LGBT Senior Prom at the Institute on Aging drew more than 90 older adults and their caregivers for an evening of celebration and pride. Drag performances, line dancing and a "Bellywood" (belly dancing + Bollywood) demonstration enhanced traditional prom activities and music, including a live Pride Prom Band. Next Up: San Francisco Pride Parade with the City's original drag queens on a rolling cabaret stage. Our theme: Life's a Stage! #AGE ON.
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Raised by 17 people in 31 months
Created June 13, 2016
Janet Geary
on behalf of Roxana Blades
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Janet Geary
30 months ago

In honor of Collette LeGrande, Donna Personna and Victoria Secret--Divas with Hearts of Gold!

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31 months ago

This is an amazing project!

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