The American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) encourages, supports and assists research on and education about bisexuality, through programs likely to enhance the publics’ knowledge, awareness and understanding of bisexuality.
It’s a truism among bisexuals that “coming out” is not a one-shot deal for us, but a constant process. On Facebook, “Relationship Status” is of great importance when it comes to the ways others judge and define us. For those of us who identify as bisexual, relationship status has been a defining aspect of our identities (from the perspectives of other people in our lives) since long before the advent of social media.
For several years, I’ve had the good fortune to publish articles on gender, sexuality and LGBT issues in some of Philadelphia’s alternative newspapers, including the Philadelphia Gay News.
The year 2013 marked the advent of the ASA Leadership Institute, which combined the best of ASA’s New Ventures in Leadership and Leadership Academy programs to address the need for culturally competent leadership and bold new leaders in the field of aging.
Sheena M. Jaffer is a graduate of ASA’s Leadership Academy, now the ASA Leadership Institute, and is an Advocate For The Optimum Quality of Life for the Aging in Arlington, VA.
In this series profiling ASA leadership program alumni, ASA's AgeBlog asked Sheena a few questions about her interests, goals and the roles that mentorship has played in her career development.
Here’s what she said:
In decades past, parents stretched to pay for their students’ college tuition and expenses for four years, and then the check writing stopped. But today’s lengthened road to adulthood and challenging economic realities are pressuring the Bank of Mom and Dad to stay open much longer. For emerging adults in the 21st century, becoming financially independent, like finding lasting love, solid employment and a permanent separate address, is taking much of their 20s to accomplish.
Popular lore has it that to age successfully, retirees should stay busy (what David Ekerdt calls the “busy ethic,” in an article from The Gerontologist [26:3, 1986]), remaining engaged in active leisure such as sports or hobbies, participating in productive activities like volunteering or even continuing to work. Typically not part of this agenda are caregiving responsibilities.