Rescheduled North Shore Pride Annual LGBTQ+ Professional Networking Event Thursday, March 23, 2017

Due to impending snowstorm and the safety of everyone North Shore Pride have decided to reschedule the North Shore Pride Annual LGBTQ+ Professional Networking Event originally scheduled for Thursday, February 9, 2017. The new date is Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. at the Danversport Yacht Club 161 Elliott St. Danvers, MA

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Danversport Yacht Club 161 Elliott St. Danvers, MA

Join us for this free event. We invite you to network and meet the many business vendors in attendance. Appetizers served, cash bar, free parking. Senator Elizabeth Warren joins us via Video Feed. Janson Wu, Executive Director Gay, Lesbian, Advocates & Defenders Keynote Speaker.

Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. is a proud sponsor for this event.


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Annual Day Program and annual awards

When: Monday, March 13, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Massachusetts State House Great Hall 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

A gathering of Statewide Advisory Council members, community members, legislators, and state agency directors.  For more information and/or to request close vision/tactile interpreters: Ami.Hanigan@MassMail.State.MA.US. Deadline for communication access requests is: February 13, 2017.

Afternoon Legislative Visits: Meet with your legislators to discuss community concerns and bills of interest. Schedule your visits in advance; find your legislators names and contact information on the web at To request communication access: contact the ADA Coordinator at the State House by email at or via phone at 857-400-5502. Requests are due by February 27, 2017.


Fuel Assistance

Winter is here below are some resources to help stay warm this winter


Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Federal Emergency Food & Shelter Program gives federal funds to local nonprofit and government organizations to help prevent hunger and homelessness. Local organizations can use funds to pay up to one month’s utility bill for residents facing a fuel emergency. To find your local organization choose “Funded Organizations” then Select “Massachusetts” then your county from drop down list.


Locate your town office

Some cities and towns have local emergency fuel assistance programs for their residents. Call your town hall to find out if emergency assistance is available for fuel assistance.


Community Action Agencies (CAA)

Also known as Community Action Programs (CAP) provide mergency assistance to people in crisis. All Community Action Agencies offer fuel assistance. Depending on Local Community Action Agency, it may offer transitional housing, homelessness prevention programs, temporary emergency food assistance programs and childcare voucher management services.


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP is a government program to help low-income families and individuals pay their heating bills during the winter. The program is managed by the Department of Housing and Community Development in conjunction with 22 regional nonprofit and local government organizations. Eligibility for fuel assistance is based on having low income and low assets.


Call the Cold Relief Heatline to find out where to apply for Fuel Assistance (LIHEAP). Weatherization (WAP) and the Heating System Repair and Replacement Program (HEARTWAP). HEATLINE at 800-632-8175 (voice/TTY)


Additional resources:


Utility Bills – Energy Assistance Discounts Fact Sheet


Links to Fuel assistance resources in Programs and Services


New Medicare Fact Sheets for LGBT People

LGBT people need to be aware of recent developments that change how Medicare and Medicaid work for them. First, the Supreme Court’s legalization of same sex marriage in all states, changed how Medicare and Medicaid evaluate the eligibility of same sex spouses for both  programs. Depending on the program and the individual’s circumstances, the changes can be positive or negative. Additionally, Medicare has begun covering Gender Reassignment Surgery and issued new rules that protect transgender older adults from sex discrimination in healthcare.

Three new fact sheets can help consumers learn how these changes may affect them, whether they are LGBT individuals married to someone of the same sex, or transgender individuals needing to access health care. These fact sheets were produced in partnership with SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders), the SHIP National Network (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs), and Administration for Community Living (ACL).

The three fact sheets are:

All are available for download at the National Resource Center for LGBT Aging


Breaking news to ACT ON Now!!!!

Bruce Darling – a co- NCIL member and Advocate for the Disability Integration Act has news that you need to act on today! Join your NCIL friends and make changes for all people with disabilities:

” We are excited to announce that Representative Gibson (NY-R) has introduced the Disability Integration Act in the House of Representatives!  The bill number is HR 5689.


We have been working for literally decades to assure that Americans with disabilities are not denied their inalienable rights guaranteed to them under the Constitution and Declaration of Independence by being forced into unwanted institutionalization, but this week is the last opportunity for members of Congress to cosponsor the bill before they take a long summer recess to campaign.    




Step One: Do this super easy electronic action alert.  


Step Two: Call Representative Johnson to ask the Representative to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act.  Call 1-866-220-0044 to connect with you Representative’s office.  Tell them:


I am calling to ask Representative Johnson to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act (HR 5689).  The Disability Integration Act has been introduced in the House by Representative Chris Gibson, a Republican Congressman from New York.  Please support him and Americans with Disabilities by becoming a cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act (HR 5689).  There isn’t much time before the break.  I am asking Representative Johnson to contact Representative Gibson’s office to sign on as a cosponsor before the week is out. Thank you.”


Thanks for your continued advocacy to FREE OUR PEOPLE!

MA Legislature Stalls on passage of S1984, Anti-Bullying of Seniors and Those Living With Disabilities Commission

We have a good chance for passage of S1984 in the current session. Action is unlikely by the end of the formal session this month, although it would be great. Our bill can become law during the informal session, which ends I believe early next January.

Success will depend on getting additional and continuing support in the form of letters and calls. Reach out to your elected state representative and/or directly to Brian Dempsey.

Please write to Brian S. Dempsey, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. asking him to release S1984 from committee favorably

His contact information follows:

Phone: 617-722-2990 Fax: 617-722-2215Email:

Have a great weekend and thank you for what you do.

Jerry Halberstadt
Coordinator, Stop Bullying Coalition

Join The Revolution

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.


But those of us who are elderly or disabled and living in multifamily housing, may lose those rights because of bullying. Let us act together to stop the abuse of bullying, and bring freedom to each of us. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a rich tradition of assuring the independence, freedom, and rights of every individual. Help us restore and protect our rights. We have begun the peaceful revolution against the tyranny of bullying through legislation and we ask for your help to advocate for change. Help pass S1984 to create a commission to study ways to prevent bullying of tenants in public and subsidized multi-family housing.



Bullying in the residential community restricts a victim’s rights as a tenant and citizen and is therefore a civil rights and human rights violation. Bullying has a terrible impact on victims, causing stress, emotional pain, mental disease, and physical disease. Bullying is bad for the institution as well as for everyone in the institution—the housing provider, bystanders, staff, service providers, and also for the perpetrators—those who bully.


Bullying is a contagious social disease that flourishes in the absence of a legitimate social order, creates a toxic environment and an unhealthy community life, all while causing psychological and physical harm to victims.


About 20% of elderly people living independently are the victims of bullying. Bullying targets elderly and disabled people, including those living in public or subsidized multifamily apartment housing.


Our bill, S1984, to create a commission on bullying has passed in the Massachusetts Senate. We are halfway to victory. We need to get the bill moved out of the House Ways and Means Committee, before it is too late. The formal legislative session ends in July. We hope to have passage by then, but if not we can still seek action in the informal session, but the sooner the better.

You won’t have to fire a shot, you won’t have to throw tea into Boston Harbor, you don’t have to throw off the yoke of an oppressive foreign ruler. All you have to do is make a phone call or send an email.


Please contact your own state representative, Letters, email, phone calls



Please write to Brian S. Dempsey, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. asking him to release S1984 from committee favorably Bill S.1984 189th (Current) An Act—Resolve creating a commission to study ways to prevent bullying of tenants in public and subsidized multi-family housing Sponsors: Joan B. Lovely, Bradford R. Hill, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court

The commission on bullying is the best way for all the stakeholders to come together, resolve their differences, and come up with an effective program to protect elderly and disabled from bullying.

Thank you,


Contact information for your own state representative—at:


Also please cc the following:

* Senator Joan Lovely Legislative Director, Anna Roy,
* Representative Brad Hill. Legislative Director,
* The House Ways and Means Chair,


Contact Information

The House Ways and Means Chair, Brian S. Dempsey State House Room 243, Boston, MA 02133 Phone: 617-722-2990 Fax: 617-722-2215 Email:

Joan B. Lovely Senator State House, Room 413A, Boston, MA 02133, Phone: 617-722-1410; Email:; Legislative Director, Anna Roy,

Bradford R. Hill Assistant Minority Leader State House, Room 128, Boston, MA 02133; Phone: 617-722-2100, Email:; Legislative Director, Maura Driscoll. Email: