Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Applicants sought for vacant seat on SF LGBT seniors panel

Members of the LGBT Seniors Task Force, including the late Jazzie Collins, left, were sworn in last fall. (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Members of the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force, including the late Jazzie Collins, left, were sworn in last fall.                                 (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Applicants are being sought for a vacancy on San Francisco’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force due to the sudden death last month of the volunteer panel’s vice chair.

Jazzie Collins, a transgender woman and longtime progressive leader, died July 11 at the age of 54. She was one of the inaugural members of the LGBT seniors panel that was convened last fall and had been elected by her colleagues to the leadership post.

The task force is set to conduct its most important round of meetings this fall, as it will finalize a report on the issues facing LGBT older adults in the city and present recommendations on how to address their needs to the Board of Supervisors in early 2014.

Due to the death of Collins and the resignation last November of panel member Felicia Elizondo, also known as Felicia Flames, the task force no longer has any transgender representation on it. The lack of transgender voices is a significant disadvantage for panel’s upcoming discussions, especially as a survey of local LGBT seniors conducted for the task force found transgender older adults to be facing significant challenges as they age.

In late July the clerk for the Board of Supervisors posted an announcement that applications were being accepted for those willing to serve in the vacant seat. With the board on recess until next month, it could be October until the new person is appointed and seated on the task force.

“We are hoping for a replacement in September but no hearing will be put on the calendar until the board comes back from recess. We no longer have any transgender members and none of us are happy about that,” task force chair Bill Ambrunn told the Bay Area Reporter. “We miss Jazzie for many reasons!”

According to the board clerk’s posting, applicants for the vacant Seat 4 on the task force must be an LGBT senior, aging adult, or person with expertise or experience working on issues affecting LGBT seniors. It added that applicants must be residents of San Francisco, unless otherwise stated.

The supervisors’ rules committee will review the applicants for the vacancy and vote on whether to forward a recommendation to the full board for approval. The committee does not meet again, however, until Thursday, September 19 and has yet to post the agenda for that day.


— Matthew S. Bajko, August 21, 2013 @ 3:48 pm PST
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