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AGING Gayfully!

Classes for LGBTQ+ Seniors

Free Online Classes for Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer + Adults

“We can create a new blueprint for growing older – one that embraces the journey as a privilege and a gift”.

– Paul S. Boynton, Author
   Being Gay and Gray

Why Special Classes on LGBTQ+ Aging?

“Hidden, isolated, and underserved” is a phrase often used to describe many older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and other non-conforming adults. Hidden” because, despite greater cultural acceptance, our past histories of discrimination and alienation can cause us to continue to stay closeted. 

“Isolated” because many of us live alone, leading private lives without the support of partners and family members and thus are more at risk for loneliness and depression. 

“Underserved” because of our conditioned wariness of the response of others to our sexual orientation or gender identity and because not all providers are sensitive to our histories and concerns, we are reluctant to utilize programs and services we may need. The “Aging Gayfully!” classes are designed to address not only common aging concerns but also those unique additional aging challenges.

About the instructor

We can create a new blueprint for growing older

Gary “Buz” Hermes, MA is an LGBTQ+ Aging consultant with over thirty years of experience designing and implementing programs and services for the LGBTQ+ community.

Having also spent many of those years studying empowering aging strategies, in 2017 Buz began bringing those strategies to his LGBTQ+ peers through the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Older Adults Program.

In addition, Buz is a volunteer co-facilitator of Sonoma Valley LGBTQ+ Seniors and represents older LGBTQ+ adults on several social service planning efforts in Sonoma County where he lives.


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What Others Say About Us

"A fun and fascinating class with lots of helpful information!"
"I loved getting to know other older LGBTQ individuals and learning that I was not alone in my aging concerns."

Contact us

Get in Touch

Any questions or comments? Please email the instructor at ghermes@santarosa.edu.