Three out of four older LGBTQ older adults still worry about having enough support from family and friends as they age, according to AARP, the nonprofit dedicated to supporting Americans 50 and older.
We’re proud to partner with AARP for Stonewall OutLoud, our national effort to mark a half-century of progress since the Stonewall riots by inspiring Americans of all ages to preserve the personal stories of people within the LGBTQ community, particularly those who were born before 1969.
Our aim is to connect older and younger people and also to preserve LGBTQ history so that future generations can understand the past — and continue to work towards a more accepting future.
To get inspired with a story from an older LGBTQ person, watch and listen below to a conversation between MJ Seide and her granddaughter, Genna Alperin, about finding love, and a family, through her partner later in life.
All you need to take part in Stonewall OutLoud is the StoryCorps App. You can sit down with an interview partner or preserve your own story. Find some questions here to get started, and with the StoryCorps App installed on a mobile device, hit “record.” After you’ve finished your recording, tag it with the keyword “Stonewall OutLoud” and upload to our archive, where it will become a permanent part of American history at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Visit the StoryCorps Archive to explore voices recorded as part of the project.
Make a pledge here to add your story to a vitally important collection of voices for future generations, and learn more about the AARP’s effort to support older LGBTQ Americans at aarp.org/pride.