Generation Plus works to leverage the power of the LGBTQ+55+ community through education, advocacy, service, and celebration.
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!
Generation Plus hosts a fun and supportive hour of community every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Pride Time gives individuals the opportunity to share stories and information, to crack a joke and find some laughter or simply allow a person to see another LGBTQ+ elder. Your voices matter.
Join us as we converse, laugh, and share with members of the LGBTQ+55+ community from around the region. Register in advance for this meeting.
For more information visit BlueRidgePride.org and join us on Facebook.
- Lunch and Learn: These lunches will cover a variety of topics. Includes lunch. More information coming soon.
- Social Time: These events will be relaxed, and focused on social interaction and light entertainment.
Gen Plus News
We lost a pillar of the community during pride month. Ron Lambe, age 85, of Ashville, NC died on June 14 at the VA Hospice in Asheville NC.
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APRIL 27 All the Lonely People: Easing loneliness and isolation for those we serve and the people we love April 27th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM bit.ly/aarplonely0427 In this fascinating program that will offer intimate access to people documenting their struggles to overcome chronic loneliness, join AARP and Blue Ridge Pride as we explore how isolation and loneliness impact our own
Creating a sense of community, clearing up 2020 General Election confusion, protecting our mental health in the winter months, these are a few of the many topics covered with Blue Ridge Pride’s Generation Plus Program. It is a program designed to enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ adults in Western North Carolina who are living life’s third act, the years beyond