Community Trainings


Still Standing:
Aging Gracefully and Positively

Using the Strengths and Resiliency of LGBTQ Elders of Color to Create Change​

This initiative was created by GRIOT because 50% of individuals in the U.S. that are HIV positive are over the age of 50. 

The Still Standing program uses the personal stories (contracting HIV, living with the disease as men of color and aging within a culture that suppresses and devalues the strength of their voices and experience) of members of our HIV support group as an educational framework to bring attention to the struggles that individuals face who were diagnosed as adults and are long terms survivors.  

Three core members of the HIV men’s group have been trained in public speaking and travel throughout the NYC speaking to church groups, senior centers and community organizations about the experiences and challenges of living with HIV as they age. 

This program is funded by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

GRIOT staff and elder members will discuss the programs and services that they have in place to tackle these issues, but will also talk about the strengths that this chronically marginalized community possesses and the projects that were created that tap into their historic resiliency in order to cultivate leaders and create change.


This presentation will focus on the robust and innovative initiatives and leadership development opportunities that have been created for and with GRIOT members.  These opportunities, created through a social justice and racial equality lens, allow members to tap into their strengths and historic resiliency in order to create change in their lives, communities, the rainbow movement and within the organization. 

                                                                   LGBTQ (101) Elders of Color

This training was given specifically to Brooklyn case managers who work with homebound elders. This presentation consisted of a LGBTQIA+ and Same Gender Loving (SGL) 101 where we discussed sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to ensure case managers are aware and competent about the language and terms that LGBTQ+ elders may use to describe their gender and/or sexual orientation.

A NYC history of oppression from the 40’to 60’s based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and race were given to the audience to have a better understanding of the time period that some elders grew up in.

The presentation included challenges, issues, and resiliency that LGBTQ+ elders of color have and continue to face in health, housing, employment and other institutions. Lastly strategies were given for case managers to support, advocate, and provide quality services to LGBTQ+ elder.

To schedule a training at your organization or to learn more, please contact:

Alexandra Chandra at: achandra@griotcircle.org

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Since 1996, GRIOT Circle has provided a welcoming space, culturally sensitive services,
and member-centered programming that affirm the lives of LGBTQ elders of color.
Much of this is made possible because of our generous supporters.