OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center offers a variety of ways to reach seniors and provide services for social and learning activities as well as trainings for caregivers and more!

The OutReach LGBT Senior Advocate is a position at OutReach that specifically connects with LGBT seniors and assist them in finding services, and work with senior serving agencies in Dane County to ensure that they are welcoming and culturally competent to provide services to LGBT seniors. Ticia Kelsey currently serves in this role.

The Am I Welcome Here project was created by OutReach to expand and support existing senior service agencies in Dane County with LGBTQ inclusive practices.

The LGBTQ 50 Plus Alliance, formally called the LGBT Senior Alliance, is committed to connecting LGBTQ adults with programs and services in our community. The LGBTQ 50+ Alliance is sponsored by OutReach Community Center and the Madison Senior Center.

OutReach has compiled a Resource List of valuable website links we hope will provide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults and their families with the knowledge needed to help navigate the maze of LGBT information available today. OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center and the LGBTQ+ AODA Advocate, in collaboration with our community partners and resources, are committed to advocate for LGBTQ+ community members who seek support at any stage of alcohol or other drug addiction in a variety of ways: The OutReach LGBTQ+ AODA Advocate builds relationships and collaborates with Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction (AODA) providers in Madison and Dane County. Together with our recovery partners, we develop programs, sponsor recovery support groups, provide referrals, and advocate for our LGBTQ+ community struggling with AODA issues. Linda Lenzke currently serves in this role.

OutReach works with LGBTQ+ Recovery Partners to develop programming, direct and receive client referrals, partner with recovery coaches, and inform the public of the services available to our LGBTQ+ AODA community. OutReach has compiled a Recovery Resource List, featuring website links to OutReach LGBTQ+ sponsored meetings, Madison and Dane County 12-Step and recovery meetings, and mental health and AODA community resources to assist with prevention, treatment, and ongoing sobriety support.

Outreach also offers Transgender Services. Transitioning on the job can be a very stressful and overwhelming process for many transgender people. Today, more and more companies are adding protection for transgender people to their anti-discrimination policies. In Wisconsin, Madison and Milwaukee have laws protecting gender identity and gender expression in their anti-discrimination policies. While this is a very positive step, there may still be challenges along your way. We have a transgender advocate and an openly gender-queer Program Director that can assist in conversations and provide many referrals.

Willma's Fund is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6pm by calling 608-255-8582. If our Program Director can take your call immediately the assessment process can begin right away but they may need to take your call later. If there is a wait list, you will be informed on the next time the Program Director can call you.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all assessments are done over the phone and not in the office. The assessment takes about a half hour to 45 minutes to process and go through. After that, we can determine how best we can help. ​

Things to know about Willma’s Fund assistance:

  • We cannot guarantee exact amounts we can help with or what we can do until we have an assessment.
  • Willma's Fund only assists with short-term, immediate needs.
  • We cannot do long term stays at hotels or pay both a security deposit and rent for permanent housing.
  • We do not guarantee amounts we can give for rent or a security deposit.
  • If we provide a hotel room for clients they must also abide by the rules of the hotel or they forfeit help from Willma's Fund.
  • We only help with one financial gift per year per client.
  • We do not find places to live for clients, they must do the leg work and if they are offered a place to live, we must have a copy of the lease so we know where to send a check to.
  • If clients are in need of a hotel instead we have a maximum of days we can do that. We would determine through an assessment.
  • An assessment over the phone or in person needs to be done to determine the amount we can give or the help that is needed.
  • We are only budgeted a certain amount for each month as the fund continues to be used. Sometimes we have to suspend the fund after a certain point each month if funds are low.
  • While some of our funding is to provide assistance for homelessness or low income, we do not turn people away if they are in crisis. If there is a significant financial strain due to factors in people's lives, we will assist them regardless of income level.

Visit us on Facebook! Willma's Fund messaging is available during OutReach work hours, Mon-Fri 12pm to 7pm. An assessment must be done over the phone. You can ask to speak about our general services, however. ​Additional Information/Non-SpecificPlease contact Steve Starkey (Executive Director) and Mark Hargrove (Program Director) for any questions or inquires.

Identity envisions a world where all people are free to express and be proud of their gender identity and sexual orientation.

Identity’s mission is to advance Alaska’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community through advocacy, education and connectivity. Identity, Inc. provides education, consultation, referral, and support for children, youth and adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex, and/or queer, or who are in the process of questioning their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

Crisis Center

We’re here for all Alaskans, whether you’re in Spenard or Sitka, Hillside or Point Hope. Call.

Hours: 6 pm – 11 pm, 7 days a week
907-258-4777 – In Anchorage
888-901-9876 – Toll free outside Anchorage

Community Center

The Identity Center of Anchorage

The Center is a safe place for LGBT individuals and their friends to participate in a social/educational support group, meet with staff, or use the resource library.

Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Specific

Translution

A social/education support group for teens age 13-19 who identify as transgender, genderqueer/fluid or are questioning their gender. This group meets weekly and allows youth exploring their Gender Identity and/or expression a safe and support place to be themselves with other youth going through similar experiences.

When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month. Please see the calendar on our website for specifics.
Time: 6-7pm
Location: Identity Center 336 E 5th Ave, Anchorage

Q-Club Mat-Su Valley

A weekly social/educational group facilitated by Identity. The meetings are open to all LGBTQ teens and allies ages 13-19 in the Mat-Su Valley. Most meetings we aim to provide education around a subject relevant to the lives of LGBTQ youth. We cover topics from applying for college or jobs to LGBTQ specific sexual health education. Other times we provide a comfortable space for LGBTQ youth to play games and hangout. This group works to ensure LGBTQ teens have the opportunity to access necessary resources to live happier and more productive lives. Come join us for fun, food, and friendship!

When: Please see the calendar of upcoming events on our website for specifics.
Time: 6-8 p.m
Location: Denali Family Services 291 E. Swanson Avenue, Wasilla

Q-Club Anchorage

A weekly social/educational group facilitated by Identity. The meetings are open to all LGBTQ teens and allies ages 13-19 in Anchorage. Most meetings we aim to provide education around a subject relevant to the lives of LGBTQ youth. We cover topics from applying for college or jobs to LGBTQ specific sexual health education. Other times we provide a comfortable space for LGBTQ youth to play games and hangout. This group works to ensure LGBTQ teens have the opportunity to access necessary resources to live happier and more productive lives. Come join us for fun, food, and friendship!

When: Every Thursday
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Identity Center, 336 E. 5th Ave, Anchorage.

Support Groups for Adults

TransParent

A social/educational support group for parents, family members or guardians of transgender/genderqueer youth. As many of us know when someone comes out in our lives their entire community comes out with them. This groups aims to provide social and educational support to any adults who have a young person who recently came out or is actively exploring their Gender Identity. There are also opportunities to get involved in working with other parents and school officials in better understand the needs of parents and guardians with Trans youth in their lives.

When: Second Wednesday of every month. See our calendar of upcoming events.
Time: 6-7pm
Location: Identity Center, 336 E 5th Ave

Anchorage Transgender Community

A social/educational support group for transgender/genderqueer adults ages 18+. This group provides social and educational support to adults and their family and friends.

When: Every Friday (Friends and family are invited to join the first Friday of the month)
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Identity Center, 336 E 5th Ave
Contact Person: Samuel Ohana, Samuel.ohana9@gmail.com

Youth

Y.A.S!

Youth Arts Showcase, is an LGBTQ+ Youth Variety show. The purpose of the show is to highlight youth expression, talents, and creativity in a more professional atmosphere during the week of Pride Fest here in Anchorage. Singers, dancers, poets, drag performers, etc. will come together in celebration of diversity and identity in the performance arts.

Winter Youth Leadership Retreat

The purpose of the Winter Youth Leadership Retreat is to create a community of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2+) youth and their allies statewide.

The Retreat includes workshops and trainings to educate youth on healthy life skills and relationships, develop leadership skills, and empower youth to be change agents in their communities.

The Youth Leadership Retreat is a one day event and FREE for high school students, or those enrolled in an educational program, ages 13-18.

The Retreat takes place all day and into the evening.

This event is chaperoned by qualified volunteers with background checks. Students will not be left unattended for any reason. Students will be required to complete a short pre- and post-summit survey regarding their experience so that Identity can track student growth and log statistical information.

Alaska Youth Leadership Summit

The purpose of the Alaska Youth Leadership Summit is to create a community of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer + (LGBTQ) youth and their allies. The Summit includes workshops and trainings to educate youth on healthy life skills and relationships, develop leadership skills, and empower youth to be change agents in their communities.

Pride Prom

Pride Prom is the largest LGBTQ oriented and inclusive prom in the state of Alaska. Pride Prom has been around since 2000 and is held annually in Anchorage.

Pride Prom is a free event open to any students age 14-19 and currently enrolled in an accredited High School program. The goal of Pride Prom is to create a fun and safe space for all young people regardless of their identity to enjoy one of the biggest social events of High School.

Youth Socials

A weekly social/educational group facilitated by Identity. The meetings are open to all LGBTQ teens and allies ages 13-18 in Anchorage. Most meetings we aim to provide education around a subject relevant to the lives of LGBTQ youth. We cover topics from applying for college or jobs to LGBTQ specific sexual health education. Other times we provide a comfortable space for LGBTQ youth to play games and hangout. This group works to ensure LGBTQ teens have the opportunity to access necessary resources to live happier and more productive lives. Come join us for fun and friendship!

When: Every Thursday (with the potential of cancellations or off for Holidays)
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Identity Center, 336 E. 5th Ave, Anchorage.
Contact Person: Brooks Banker
E-mail: Brooks@identityinc.org

A social/educational group facilitated by Identity. The meetings are open to all LGBTQ teens and allies ages 13-18 in the Mat-Su Valley. Most meetings we aim to provide education around a subject relevant to the lives of LGBTQ youth. We cover topics from applying for college or jobs to LGBTQ specific sexual health education. Other times we provide a comfortable space for LGBTQ youth to play games and hangout. This group works to ensure LGBTQ teens have the opportunity to access necessary resources to live happier and more productive lives. Come join us for fun and friendship!

When: Meetings during the Spring and Summer months (2019) will be from 6 -8 pm on April 17th, May 15th, June 12th, and July 17th.

Location: Denali Family Services 291 E. Swanson Avenue, Wasilla

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