Born between 1946 and 1964, LGBTQ+55+ Baby Boomers played a critical role in advancing the United States gay rights movement. Within one generation, they succeeded in changing social attitudes from seeing homosexuality as a psychiatric condition to winning same-sex marriage rights. Standing on their shoulders we believe that our community is strongest when we stand together.
The LGBTQ+ Boomers are different from others. LGBTQ+55+ Boomers influence the face of aging, not just because theirs is an activist generation, but also because of their increasing visibility and acceptance within the rest of society.
Generation Plus (GenPlus) builds on a legacy created by the WNC LGBTQ Elders and Land of Sky. We work to advance their vision and continue to raise awareness and advocacy for LGBTQ+55+ in the WNC area. Joining us in partnership are many area organizations including Land of Sky, Council on Aging, AARP WNC and more.
GenPlus works to bring new ideas to support the growing and diverse older adult population. We seek to reduce isolation, build social networks, educate and advocate for this community. Join us as we celebrate Aging with Pride. Welcome to life’s third act, the years beyond 55!
Meet the Team!
- Buch Thompson – Blue Ridge Pride
- Rebecca Chaplin – AARP Mountain Region
- Cori Search – Land of Sky
- Jen Teague – Buncombe County HHS
- Zack Schmidt – Land of Sky
- Bob Tomasulo – AARP Mountain Region
- Brea Kuykendall – Land of Sky
- Vance Goodman – Council on Aging