February 20, 2020
Curry is proud and excited to have received a historic contract with the Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS) to provide services for transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) older adults and adults with disabilities over the next three years. Our program along with one designed by Openhouse, an LGBTQ primary agency, will be the first publicly funded services specifically for TGNC older adults and adults with disabilities in the nation.
Curry has hosted “Ageless”, a TGNC support group, for more than two years and this contract will enable us to expand services and better create an affirming and safe space for the community. Joining our Men’s LGBT Lunch Bunch and Women’s LGBT Tea Party and Revolutionary Society, Ageless focuses on a part of the community that has not traditionally been well represented or well provided for. We are in the process of hiring a full-time TGNC Program Assistant to join the Senior Center staff and conduct outreach to the community, design TGNC specific programs, and organize outings and social events.
From the DAS press release: “We are proud that San Francisco continues to lead the country in providing comprehensive programs and policies that support our LGBTQ community,” said Mayor London Breed. “This first of its kind program will provide much needed support tailored for trans seniors and adults with disabilities who often experience higher rates of discrimination and isolation.”
Curry Senior Center has long focused its attention on the most marginalized aging populations. With the addition of these services, we will continue to expand access to all older adults regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), political affiliation, or other non-merit based factors. We will continue to grow as a safe space for all older adults and provide much needed services to everyone who walks in our front door. Or any door, really.