Holiday Food and Drink: OUT TO BRUNCH

Courtesy Photo Bonnie Winokar and friends enjoy a meal at an “Out to Brunch” planning session in September sponsored by Ethos and the LGBT Aging Project.

Monthly meal and social for older LBT women starts in time for the holidays

In an effort to reach out to older lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, the LGBT Aging Project, the City of Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly and Ethos, a private, nonprofit elder services agency on Amory Street, will be sponsoring a monthly brunch called “Out To Brunch” in Jamaica Plain starting tomorrow.

The brunch will be held the first Saturday of every month starting Dec. 1 at the Ethos office at 555 Amory St. from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In addition to the meal, the event will provide a warm and festive place for the women to gather and socialize and feature monthly entertainment, including guest speakers and music programs.

“There are very few organizations that cater to this segment of the gay and lesbian community, specifically older LBT women,” said Ethos Executive Director and long-time JP resident Dale Mitchell. “We are already looking at other viable locations to hold the brunch within the JP area as we expect that our office will not be able to accommodate the anticipated number of LBT women participating in the brunch in the next few months.”

The planning for the brunch began in September as a result of an outreach event to older LBT women, also sponsored by Ethos and the LGBT Aging Project. At the event, attendees overwhelming cited the need for a women-only social and meal site monthly brunch in a survey conducted at the outreach event. Over 45 women, each over 50 years old, attended the outreach event, which was held at Christopher’s in Porter Square, Cambridge.

To reserve a seat at the brunch, call Bob Linscott at [email protected] or 522-6700 ext. 310. The meal is free for women 60 and over with a $1.75 suggested donation but costs $5 a person for women under 60. The Ethos office has plenty of free parking, is accessible by public transportation (Orange Line, Green Street Station) and is handicapped accessible.

Ethos was established in 1973 and is dedicated to promoting independence, dignity and wellbeing among the elderly and disabled through quality, affordable and culturally appropriate home and community-based care. As a state-authorized Aging Services Access Point (ASAP), Ethos coordinates all non-institutional home and community-based services for elderly and disabled residents of the southwest Boston neighborhoods of West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan. For more information, visit

The LGBT Aging Project of Massachusetts is a non-profit organization that ensures equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services, and institutions for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders. For more information, visit

Submitted by Ethos.

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