This past Saturday NOAGE a support organization for LGBT seniors in New Orleans and surrounding areas held their annual benefit. NOAGE provides support, assistance, social functions for the LGBT seniors in our community. They provide educational seminars for area health care facilities; to help educate others on the the needs of LGBT seniors.
NOAGE Goes on Safari was held at the Cajun Ballroom within the Swamp Exhibit at Audubon Zoo. It was really an amazing event. This is a source funds for NOAGE, they also present the Trailblazing Award, an award given to someone who has impacted and has effected change within the LGBT community through public and political action and the NOAGE Community Impact Award, given to individuals who have made a positive impact on the LGBT community.
This years recipient was Liz Simone. Her journey stared in the late 1970's where she became a political activist concerning feminist issues. She was instrumental in the organization of W.A.V.A.W. (Women Against Violence Against Women). She would also be up front in center in the 1980's as she assumed a leading role in the organizing of Take Back the Night March. LAGPAC which formed in 1980 would ask Ms. Simone to sit on its Board of Directors, remembering that this organization was in its infancy. This would start Ms. Simone on a road to active political activity in local city government. A means to let the LGBT community to understand that local politicians needed the vote of member of the LGBT community. 1984 would see the conception of the Coming Out Support Group, a free service to the Lesbian and Gay community and in 1997 the group later expanded to serve the transgender population. Throughout her life Ms. Simone worded to assist the LGBT community, hosting workshops to mental health professionals and education to assist them in understanding the LGBT community and how to best deal with our population. We salute you Ms. Liz Simone for your dedication, support, and passion!
Rip Naquin and Marsha Delain are the recipients of the NOAGE Community Impact Award. An award that is given to individuals that have contributed to the LGBT community throughout the years and have made a positive impact within the community.
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