Lesbians Over Age Fifty (LOAF)

LOAF is a Houston social networking and support group (and as a result, rather apolitical) for lesbians over age 50 and their partners, whatever their age. LOAF meets the third Sunday of each month at GLBT Culture center, 401 Branard. Evenly represented with single and coupled women, LOAF currently has about 200 active members. Contact Margaret for more info. Facebook Group


Photo above: “Scottie” Scott, director; Kiki Santikos, treasurer; Marion Coleman, director; Arden Eversmeyer, president emerita; Mayor Annise Parker; Helen Moses, director; Linda Owen, director; Judy Woods, secretary; Margaret Thibodeaux, acting president; Kay Van Cleave, director.

On October 21, 2012 Houston Mayor Annise Parker presented the LOAF (Lesbians Over Age Fifty) a proclamation from the city commemorating the group’s 25th anniversary at a reception held at The Center, 401 Branard Street.

LOAF is a social networking group for lesbians, single or coupled, who are 50 years of age or older. Founded in 1987 LOAF is one of the oldest lesbian organizations in Houston and has connected with over 400 lesbians 50 years of age and older.


By Nancy Ford
Posted 01 Oct 2011

If one day you see a middle-aged or older woman wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a penny loafer shoe, take note. That woman is likely a member of LOAF, Houston’s social networking group for lesbians who are 50 years of age and older. This month, the members of LOAF celebrate the group’s 24th anniversary with a special edition of their monthly “Meet ’n’ Greet,” set for Sunday, October 16, beginning at 2 p.m.

“Our October celebration is the kick-off to our quarter-century mark in 2012,” LOAF president Marilyn Abercrombie noted. “Twenty-five years of LOAFing!

“Arden Eversmeyer and five other founding mothers created LOAF,” Abercrombie said. “The first meeting on October 18, 1987, was attended by seven women.”

Since that first meeting, LOAF has grown to a membership of 205. “It changes monthly as more women come out of the closet, or find themselves alone,” Abercrombie added. “LOAF provides a safe haven for lesbians to have social interaction, which is so important to our mental and physical well-being.”

LOAF also provides a monthly newsletter that features an activity calendar and reprints of articles of interest to senior women.

LOAF meets the third Sunday of each month at the GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. Members’ lesbian partners who are under age 50 are also eligible to join the group.