GRIOT Circle is the only non-profit organization in the New York tri-state area serving the unique needs of elders of color.  Our non-profit status requires that we employ imagination, diligence and sensitivity to create community-oriented events for raising funds to compliment other efforts to make sure the organization can continue to serve our community’s needs.


Addresses disparities in services to LGBT POC older adults

On October 12-13, 2011 GRIOT Circle, in collaboration with the POC Committee of the LAIN/American Society of Aging, and with generous support from AARP and funding from Atlantic Philanthropic, will bring together national leaders on aging for the first National Convening of its kind to address the needs/concerns of this traditionally under-served population.

Hosted by AARP at the Brickfield Center at 601 East St. NW, Washington, DC on October 12-13, 2011.  The National Convening of Aging Professionals will provide insight into economic and health disparities that are services/care-based to the LGBT POC (People of Color) elder communities, a population that continues to heavily bear the brunt of stigmatization and social isolation.

Areas to be covered include: Social Security, housing, supportive services, HIV/STD prevention, culturally competent research and training, health literacy disparities, ethno-geriatrics, and other challenges for LGBT POC seniors, policy reform (LGBT POC specific), and the creation of a National Professional Network around POC LGBT Aging.

Confirmed participants/attendees include: Kathy Greenlee, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration on Aging (AoA), Jay Blackwell, Director, Office of Minority Health-Resource Center (OMH-RC), Christopher Bates, E.D., Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), Tony Sarmiento, E.D., Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI), Mandy Carter, Co-founder of National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Senator Benjamin J.F. Cruz, Vice Speaker, 31st Guam Legislature, Mario Tapia, CEO, Latino Center on Aging (LCA), and Aisha C. Young, CEO, African Americans in Gerontology (AAIG).

“I am delighted you are doing this historic convening” –Renowned social justice activist and former Arcus Foundation Executive Director, Urvashi Vaid.

GRIOT Circle, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1995.  It addresses the needs and concerns of LGBT elders of color in New York City.  Fifteen years later, GRIOT Circle continues to be the only LGBT organization in the nation that exclusively serves the LGBT POC elders 50 and older.  GRIOT is proud to be one of the leading voices on this historic occasion marking a decided shift in the health care paradigm for LGBT POC elders.

MEDIA CONTACT: Glen-Michael Francis, 718-246-2775 |


FUN SUMMER FUNDRAISING CRUISE 2012 – GRIOT members Robert Waldron and Maxine Irby are leading the coordination and planning of a fundraising Mother’s Day Caribbean Cruise.

The 7-day Cruise itinerary for May 12 – 19, 2012 launches from New York and visits Orlando then Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas then to Nassau, Bahamas then returns to New York.

Please contact Robert or Maxine at 718-246-2775 for registration form, reservation info and convenient payment plan.  Please note: payments are to be made payable to GRIOT Circle, Inc. with certified checks or money orders and deposits are nonrefundable.


Please check this page often for NEW EVENTS you can help plan, promote and attend with your friends, neighbors, family and colleagues.

  1. what activities are planned for 2013?

  2. GRIOT Members are gearing up for Senior Invasion Fire Island July 19th, 2012. Come be part of a tradition, as POC Elders from across the tri-State take to the beaches, shops, tours, and restaurnats for a day of sun, sea and sand. Call Maxine or Daniella at (718) 246-2775 for more details.

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