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Not only do these stories expose us
to disparities, but also we learn of
the resilience that this population
has acquired and how that resilience
can be leveraged to transform the
ways society views LGBTQ+ and
racial identities to advocate for more
inclusive social structures.
As the LGBTQ+ older adult population grows, park and recreation
professionals should focus not only
on the unique needs and barriers
of this population, but also on how
their stories and experiences can
shape the design, implementation
and evaluation of services and programs. LGBTQ+ older adults of
color deserve to have the opportunity to tell their own stories and to
have their stories told accurately.

recreational activities that provide a
sense of vibrancy, stability and fulfillment throughout the life cycle.
We are parks and recreation,
and we have a responsibility to
showcase the fierce leaders among

LGBTQ+ older adults of color and
their continued influence in our
community. How will you lift up
these voices this Pride month?
Tiff Cunin is NRPA's Senior Program
Manager of Health (tcunin@nrpa.org).

The Importance
of Storytelling
Park and recreation professionals
are optimally positioned as community cornerstones and key catalysts
for advancing public health. We can
cultivate an environment of healthy,
successful aging among LGBTQ+
older adults of color. We must foster
a space in which this population can
contribute to the inclusive, informed
development of programs and services. We also should leverage our
position within communities to elevate the stories and experiences
of LGBTQ+ older adults of color
as a tool to support aging in place
with a context of safety, respect
and support. We must center these
voices in our communities to better understand how we can provide
spaces, whether in person or online,
to remain actively engaged with social networks. We also must be open
to learning from the experiences of
these older adults, and center resilience and equity in all opportunities
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