Page 14

Best Of 2019

Best Group for Seniors 3

time winner!


time winner!

Bruce Williams, Active Aging Manager 954-463-9005; ext. 109

For the third year in a row, SFGN readers chose the Pride Center at Equality Park’s weekly “Coffee & Conversation” gettogethers as the best group for seniors. Every Tuesday morning literally hundreds of seniors (mostly men) and their friends gather at the main hall of the Pride Center for coffee, tea, chocolate, bagels, pastries and each other’s company. Those who are present at C&C, many of whom are shut-ins the rest of the week, learn about their community from Bruce Williams, the Pride Center’s Active Aging Manager, other representatives from the Center, local activists and politicians, and hear a special report from the event’s sponsors, usually health related. According to Bruce Williams, “human beings of all ages harbor a constant need for socialization and non-judgmental connection. In other gathering places there is often the fear of being too fat, too thin, too old, too tall, etc. At Coffee & Conversation, the only size that matters is the size of the donuts. Folks can relax, be themselves and simply enjoy being with


Like advocating for women, with women? Women In Network has been working tirelessly for 32 years to bring LBT women and their allies together to network, advocate, and educate. “We are so honored to be chosen by SFGN’s readers as the Best Group for Women for the eighth time,” said Denise Spivak, President of Women in Network. “It is our mission to serve the LBT community of South Florida and to build a network that can be a benefit to everyone. We are proud of the work that WIN has done for over 30 years, and we’re excited to keep supporting South Florida’s LBT women, our partner agencies, and our allies.”

one another. By muting the microphone for the entire first hour, we have shifted the focus away from the presenters and to the attendees.” Coffee & Conversation is part of the Pride Center’s continuing outreach to LGBT seniors, which now includes the Residences at Equality Park, an affordable senior housing community currently under construction. “As the executive director of a large continuous care retirement for 25 years, I watched some 5,000 folks go through the final stages of their lives. The take away for me was that ‘a planned 2nd/50 years is an enhanced 2nd/50 years!’ Sadly, our society deals with aging issues primarily as a crisis arises. By having a different C&C sponsor each week, attendees are made aware of the plethora of community resources in our area. My goal is to bribe attendees with coffee and goodies and at the same time to have them walk away with at least one additional resource each week.” - JM

SFGN.COM // Best Of LGBT South Florida • Fall 2019

Best Group For Women Women in Network

Coffee & Conversation Pride Center at Equality Park 2040 North Dixie Highway Wilton Manors FL Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m.



broward county


According to the group’s website: “The WIN Community and Network is the cornerstone of our organization. WIN connects like-minded, career-driven women across multiple industries and generations. Through various events and initiatives, we continue to expand our broad network and provide a community where women can turn to for support, guidance, and inspiration.” - JEP

Profile for South Florida Gay News

SFGN's Best Of 2019  

South Florida Gay News Best Of 2019

SFGN's Best Of 2019  

South Florida Gay News Best Of 2019