The weekly “Coffee and Conversations” program facilitated by Pride Center at Equality Park drew its customary large crowd on Tuesday morning, March 22. Cars were parked all over the grass as folks squeezed inside for a chance to mix and mingle.


Attendees listened to presentations from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Broward House and various other civic, business and community-based organizations. There was a raffle and quick-witted exchanges between friends. In summary, a good time was had by all.

“It’s a vibrant and self supporting group,” said Bruce Williams, Pride Center Senior Services Coordinator, who oversees the program.

Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., people gather in the center’s main hall for the program, which begins with personal one-on-one talks before speakers take the mic. Each week’s program is sponsored by a local business with a message of importance to the senior population.

“What we do enhances the aging process,” said Williams, who has worked in retirement facilities before and has a keen understanding of what older adults require. He is, however, sensitive to terminology used to describe clients he serves.

“It’s really boomers, seniors and their friends,” Williams said.

At the March 22 program, Anthony Johnson, representing Broward House, spoke of the organization’s efforts to combat drug use among gay men and explained a new initiative to deal with body issues among the LGBT population.

After the speakers finish, a 50/50 raffle drawing takes place after which some people head for the exits while others remain on campus to have lunch with friends or move upstairs in the building to play cards.

“We consistently draw 200 people each week,” Williams said. “This is one of the strongest LGBT senior programs in the nation.”

For the April 5 program, Anne Kirchoff of United Healthcare is the scheduled sponsor.

For more information, contact Williams at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.