This inspirational, FREE, online conference for members, friends and supporters of the LGBTQ community took place on October 17, 2020. Watch the videos and see more information below.
Welcome and introductions from Thomas Kingery, LGBTQ Programs Coordinator/Community Liaison.
Next, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, an advocate of the LGBTQ Initiative, will provide his unique insights into the significance of the LGBTQ rights movement.
‘Staying Sane in These Crazy Times’ by Dr. Fred Luskin
Door prizes courtesy of Home Instead!
Choose Workshop 1 (LGBTQ Inclusive Housing) or Workshop 2 (Legal Issues)
Stretch break sponsored by Care Indeed!
Jenni Castaldo, Standing STRONG Instructor, will lead everyone in a quick and invigorating stretch so we can feel energized for the next workshop.
Choose Workshop 3 (Overcoming Discrimination) or Workshop 4 (Build Your Village)
Maribel Martínez, Director of the County of Santa Clara Office of LGBTQ Affairs, will conclude the day with a reflection on the significance of an inaugural LGBTQ Seniors Conference and share more about the County’s commitment to serving LGBTQ seniors as a way to build a strong, vibrant community for today and tomorrow.
Keynote: Staying Sane in These Crazy Times
Dr. Fred Luskin, Stanford Forgiveness Project
Dr. Luskin will discuss how to do our best work through honoring our physical and mental health. He offers easily practiced skills for staying calm in the face of danger, real or perceived.
3:00 to 3:30pm
Workshop 1: LGBTQ INCLUSIVE HOUSING
Karyn Skultety, PhD, Executive Director, Openhouse
Join us to hear Openhouse share their journey to provide LGTBQ+ inclusive housing options in San Francisco.
County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing will discuss the potential of what could be coming to the County in the future.
Workshop 2: LEGAL ISSUES
Attorney Diana Dean Gendotti
Diana Gendotti is an estate planning and trust administration attorney who has been licensed for 31 years, and has an office in Los Altos. She will highlight the critical aspects of estate planning, especially as it relates to LGBTQ issues.
Bring any burning questions!
3:45 to 4:15pm
Workshop 3: OVERCOMING DISCRIMINATION
Facilitators: Ephraim Getahun, LVN, Community Partner Liaison, Openhouse; Thomas Kingery and Keenan Murray, Avenidas
We will examine different forms of discrimination, how to overcome them, and how to be an advocate for change. Discussion with colleagues at Openhouse and review why some people might be asking about SOGIE (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Expression) and why you should answer honestly!
Workshop 4: BUILD YOUR VILLAGE
Facilitators: Jenn Chan and Loretta Austin, Avenidas
Community is especially important right now. Building and strengthening your village will help you thrive. Discover opportunities for new connections with our intergenerational pen pal program and social groups. Learn where to find community resources and how to build a safe space.