Hingham, MA - OLOC proudly announces The Del Martin Old Lesbian Pride Award to Joy D. Griffith of Linden Ponds. The Del Martin Award was created to honor Del Martin, activist, pathfinder, and OLOC member who died at age 87.
"I am speechless over this honor and can't thank OLOC enough for recognizing me," said Griffith. "I have worked with them for a few years and am still shocked and surprised they chose me this year."
Griffith was recognized for her work with the Golden Threads Publication and the Golden Threads Annual Celebration in Cape Cod. She produced the magazine for 12 years along with producing the celebrations. She was also instrumental in helping to form two spin-off groups in Florida and Vancouver, Canada, and encouraging the third spin-off in Rehoboth Beach, Deleware.
At Linden Ponds in Hingham where she lives, Griffith coordinated with the Boston AARP office to bring two busloads of Linden Ponds residents to Boston for a giant rally to protest a congressional group in Washington planning to cut Social Security and Medicare. She helped organize showings of Sappho's Fire at Linden Ponds to both residents and outside guests. Griffith also helped organize the Linden Ponds role in the June Gay Pride Parade in Boston. Residents marched in the parade and also helped to decorate a Linden Ponds bus.
Griffith has lived at Linden Ponds since 2008 with her dog Nicky.
Linden Ponds is a full-service continuing care retirement community situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Hingham, Massachusetts. The vibrant campus opened in October 2004, and is home to 1,200 seniors who are enjoying life to the fullest. Erickson Living is the developer and manager of Linden Ponds.
OLOC, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, is a national network of old lesbians over age 60 working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools.