GenPride Newsletter October 7

GenPride Newsletter October 7
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Newsletter Contents:

Community Programming

  • New Qigong class series starts October 7
  • Dementia Legal Planning for LGBTQIA+ Elders
  • Re-Connecting Together Support Group [in-person]
  • GenPride Movie Club & the Seattle Queer Film Festival
  • LGBTQIA+ Support Group for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers

Services and Information

  • New Omicron-updated COVID Boosters available
  • Covid-19 resources available through GenPride
  • Latest News on Monkeypox (MPV)
  • Wellness with Pride: COVID-19 and LGBTQ+ Communities

Community Programming


GenPride starts a new Fall series of Qigong on Friday, October 7!

Join instructor Kimberly Ivy, founder of Seattle’s Embrace the Moon Tai Chi and Qigong for a free, online, 10-week course: Introduction to Qigong. Qigong is a practice of contemplative movement that is one of the main branches of Chinese medicine. There are many variations of Qigong and you’ve likely seen several of them being practiced in city parks or online.

No matter the method variety, all Qigong is a health system that helps us to understand Yin/Yang philosophy, meditation, breath, and movement. All these beautiful flows harmonize the body, mind, and spirit with nature and provide many health benefits. In just a short time of practice, you’ll feel better all-around!   

This course covers fundamental methods of breathing, movement, and concentration. Between classes, you can practice with a video recording of each week’s session. No prior experience needed and all fitness levels are welcome!

Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Oct 7 through Dec 16

[ No class Nov 25 ]

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Dementia Legal Planning for LGBTQIA+ Elders

Have you or a loved one received a diagnosis of dementia, Alzheimer’s or other memory loss illness? Learn what legal documents you should put in place *now* to make sure the wishes of you or your loved one are known and followed, even after the memory loss progresses.

This free, one-hour webinar discusses a simple Dementia Legal Planning Toolkit, as well as an opportunity for Q & A, and a free 1-on-1 consultation the following week with an attorney who understands the special concerns of LGBTQIA+ older adults and their caregivers.

Thursday, Oct 13 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

[ with optional free legal consultation Thursday, Oct 20 ]


Re-connecting Together Support Group [in-person]

Many of us are still struggling to come out of the isolation and loneliness caused by the pandemic; we may be grappling with loss and grief, lack of connection, productivity, and/or self-worth. You are not alone. In this group, we will create space to talk through these shared experiences, support each other, and cultivate community.  

From Michele, Support Group facilitator:  

“I recently moved to Seattle from Portland with my wife of 31 years. I have strong values and beliefs in community connection. I would like to provide a safe environment for those that want to connect after a long time away from our community. I have an extensive background in Behavioral Health, different types of recovery and a strong skill set with facilitating groups. I would enjoy the opportunity to meet those that have a desire to get together and just have simple dialogues about gratitude, visions, life stories or whatever feels right at the time. Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.” 

Where: 1620 12th Ave Building, 2nd floor, Seattle, WA 98122 

When: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm on the following dates:  

  • Monday, October 24th  – “Breaking through isolation”  
  • Monday, November 14th  – “Engagement and Community”  
  • Monday, November 28th – Group decides the topic   
  • Monday, December 12th  – Closure and next steps

Registration link: *

If you do not have an email or need assistance signing up, please contact us or 206-393-3400   

*Proof of COVID vaccination is required at time of registration

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Come join us for GenPride’s monthly Movie Club with a free online screening of a gay-themed Halloween special: Gods & Monsters, presented by Seattle’s Scarecrow Video, followed by a lively after-movie discussion.

Ian McKellen stars as James Whale, the gay director of the black & white 1930s film classics: Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. Lynn Redgrave and Brendan Fraser co-star as Whale’s housekeeper and lawn boy, respectively.

As the aging director’s memories blur and merge, he strikes up a flirtatious but respectful friendship with the younger man, despite distances of class and years. Nominated for three Oscars, the film won Best Adapted Screenplay! Rolling Stone magazine called the film “…elegantly witty and haunting.”

Friday, Oct 28 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Gods & Monsters movie: Official Trailer

Join GenPride at the

Seattle Queer Film Festival

Mon Oct 17 &

Wed Oct 19

GenPride is proud to co-present two films for the 2022 Seattle Queer Film Festival at the NW Film Forum Theater, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle.

The Sixth Reel | Monday, Oct 17 | 5:30 pm

A film with all the capers, camp & comedy you’ve come to expect from Charles Busch (Psycho Beach Party), but with a dash of unexpected poignancy about aging and legacy. Also stars Margaret Cho and Tim Daly.

The Sixth Reel movie: Official Trailer

Donna | Wed Oct 19 | 5:15 pm

An intimate and candid portrait of transgender rights activist, artist, and storyteller, Donna Personna. Born into a minister’s family in rural San Jose, Donna lived for decades in the Bay Area before taking up performing in drag in her sixties. Now in her seventies, DONNA proves that it is never too late in life to be fabulous!


LGBTQIA+ Support Group for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association – Washington State chapter, GenPride is offering a free LGBTQIA+ affirming monthly support group for caregivers and folks living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

This free online support group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. This month the meeting will be on Tuesday October 18th.

To register or learn more, contact the facilitators:

Lionel Wang – 206.854.4700 |

Tiffany Suscheck – 614.719.9692 |

GenPride Yoga Class
GenPride Strength & Balance Class

Find more info about these two ongoing classes on our GenPride Event Calendar Page:


Services and Information


New Omicron-based COVID Boosters available!

It’s Fall and time for your annual Flu shot, but a new, Omicron-updated COVID booster shot is also available. Because COVID protection can wane over time, it’s especially important for older adults to get this new Omicron-updated booster.

The Director of the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said it is “critically important” to get COVID vaccinated & boosted now, in October, so as to protect yourself and your loved ones against severe disease this winter.

“We are really encouraging everybody to roll up their sleeves and get this updated, bivalent vaccine,” Dr. Walensky said. Contact your medical provider or the state’s COVID vaccine website:

GenPride Strength & Balance Class

Masks and supplies Available

Seattle-King County Public Health and the CDC are strongly urging everyone to mask-up when indoors or in crowds, as the latest COVID Omicron variant B.5 is still spreading through our region. 

GenPride is proud to assist and can provide you with free KN95 Masks, blue surgical masks, COVID rapid tests, hand sanitizer, and sanitation wipes. Masks and tests will be sent by U.S. Postal Service. Sanitizer and wipes can be picked up for free at GenPride’s Capitol Hill office, by appointment.

We are offering packs of items. If you need more than the quantities listed below, please contact us at:

Request Form for COVID Personal Protective Equipment: 

Masks: Blue Surgical Mask – Quantity 10 

Masks: KN95 – Quantity 5 

COVID Rapid Tests – Quantity 2 

Hand Sanitizer – Quantity 2 **Pick-up ONLY 

Sanitation Wipes – Quantity 2 **Pick-up ONLY 

Distribution Timetable: 

  • Mailings go out every Thursday 
  • Pick-up is available on Thursdays by appointment only 
  • For more information, contact GenPride office: (206) 800-2019

The latest news on Monkeypox (MPV)

Reported cases of monkeypox (MPV) have been declining in King County in October. Most cases have been reported among men who had close intimate contact with other men, but other people who share close physical contact can become infected, regardless of age, sexual orientation or gender identity.

A limited supply of monkeypox vaccine is available locally for free. For details, contact your medical provider or visit: or also offers tips for safer sex in the time of monkeypox.

GenPride will post MPV updates on our blog:

GenPride Strength & Balance Class

This nationwide project was created to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the social, economic, and health inequities and resources of LGBTQ+ adults. Twelve randomly selected individuals, who complete the survey and a participation form, will be awarded a gift card for $150.

Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, non-binary, or sexual or gender diverse adult age 49 to 57 (birth year 1965-1971) residing in the United States?

We need your help with a ground-breaking project, Wellness with Pride: COVID-19 and LGBTQ+ Communities. We are partnering with Generations Aging with Pride to assess the social, economic, and health inequities and resources of LGBTQ+ adults and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these inequities.

Please visit here to complete a confidential and anonymous online questionnaire.

By completing a participation form, you are eligible for a raffle drawing awarding a $150.00 Gift Certificate to 12 randomly selected individuals. Please keep in mind your participation in the project is completely voluntary.

Individuals who participate in Wellness with Pride, and choose to also share their interest in being contacted for future research opportunities, and have a birthday that falls between the years 1965 – 1971 will be invited to participate as a member of a new group of the Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality/Gender (NHAS) Study. 

  • If you have any questions about the project, please contact us at

Help us learn more about our community

If you have not yet done so, please consider submitting your demographic information to GenPride. It’s completely optional and all information is used for city and county summary reporting metrics. Demographic information assists us in understanding the diversity of our clients and creating programming to better serve community members like you.

All GenPride Programming is free for the community, with support and funding from the City of Seattle

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