Fairley Parson, MSW, ASW, is the Manager of Community Engagement at Openhouse, San Francisco’s only social service organization specifically dedicated to LGBT seniors. She facilitates, develops, and oversees diverse community programs and services for LGBT seniors including support and grief groups, health and wellness, civic engagement, and intergenerational programs.
For the past 3 years she has facilitated the only non-profit professionally facilitated lesbian, bi, and transgender women’s support group for women over 60 in San Francisco. She also produces the Openhouse monthly newsletter, reaching over 3,000 LGBT seniors in the Bay Area, and was recently published in the American Society on Aging’s Aging Today with a piece on intergenerational community programming in the LGBT community. In 2013 she was awarded a PGE Legacy personal grant for continuing education for professionals in the field of aging. She used this grant to receive advanced training in Motivational Interview technique from the Felton Institute in San Francisco, CA.
Fairley Parson holds a master’s degree in social welfare from UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, where she focused in gerontology and conducted her graduate research on LGBT seniors’ mental health and social service needs within the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about the need for all people to examine their own ageism, and the critical need for trainings and dialogue that address homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism within aging services organizations. She believes that dialogue that acknowledges our multiple and intersecting identities and oppressions is key to creating a more inclusive social services landscape, and a more just world. Fairley is thrilled to be a Certified Trainer and looks forward to engaging in such dialogue with you!