Who are Vintage Men?
Vintage Men are older Gay and Bisexual men and their younger admirers. Vintage Men can enrich their social lives with diverse activities, such as the arts, entertainment, gay issues, counselling and other facets of healthy living. Some Vintage Men are always on the go, while some enjoy the quiet company of others, for emotional support and companionship.
Many men in midlife seriously address their sexuality for the first time, they may suffer from apprehension, confusion, guilt, ignorance, loneliness, or have no knowledge of where to turn for acceptance and understanding. "Vintage Men" could be the answer.
Vintage Men was originally formed in 1992 through the auspices of the Victorian Aids Council and the leadership of Mr. David Samson who believed that older gay men needed to be made aware of the dangers of unsafe sex just as much as the younger generation.
Through hard work, a small group was formed which grew into an organization that now has members across Australia and is affiliated with similar groups around the world.
Vintage Men is affiliated with Prime Timers World Wide Inc, and has special links with the City of Port Phillip. The City of Port Phillip has become a major sponsor for Vintage Men, providing us with venue for our meetings at the Betty Day Centre 67 Argyle St in St Kilda.
Who are Prime Timers?
Prime Timers are older gay or bisexual men (and younger adult men who admire mature men). Our members are men who choose to have their social lives enriched by the diverse activities in which our members engage. No single definition can describe Prime Timers, as they come from all walks of life. Prime Timers involve themselves in their community with volunteerism, politics, gay issues, arts, entertainment, and every other facet of healthy living. Prime Timers are fathers and care givers. They are businessmen and entrepreneurs. They are workers and they are retired. Some are always on the go, and some enjoy the quiet company of others at home. But one thing is true of all Prime Timers. They enjoy the opportunities and friendships that develop with other Prime Timers throughout the world.
Prime Timers was founded in 1987 by a retired professor, Woody Baldwin (for more information about Woody, please visit his website here). He felt a wide gap existed in today's society, which caters almost exclusively to youth. This worship of eternal youth is never more flagrant than in the gay culture. Woody began the Boston Chapter by placing ads in local newspapers and soliciting his many friends. He expected only a small handful of men to attend the first meeting and was surprised when over 40 showed up. This indicated to Woody a need for social and cultural organizations to aid and support the aging gay and bisexual man. Now this organization has grown to over forty chapters worldwide, located throughout North America, Europe and Australia.
Travel opportunities for members are vast. Individual chapters welcome the chance to meet visitors from other chapters. Letters asking for local information and recommendations will be well received and promptly answered. Chapters enjoy showing off their communities and having visitors come away with a feeling of kinship and brotherhood with their newfound friends. The Prime Timers Worldwide Convention is held to discuss business and attend workshops geared toward Prime Timers. Our Conventions have been in Vancouver BC, Dallas TX, and Washington D.C., and more. And each year during Mardi Gras in New Orleans hundreds of Prime Timers gather to celebrate life, freedom and each other. We now reserve an entire hotel just for Prime Timers. Keep an eye on our on-line PTWW Events page, since much more is being planned for our worldwide members, chapters, and affiliates.
Our organization is emerging as a leading force in the gay and bisexual communities, and while we are not a political organization, we are concerned with society as it effects the aging gay and bisexual population. As our organization grows, we will be leading the pack in seeking answers to the needs and problems of maturing gay and bisexual men. It is hoped that soon a Prime Timers Chapter will be in every major metropolitan area in the world.
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