Spring 2021

Section 5121 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jan 23 - May 22 2021
Class focuses on aging gayfully.

Section 7078 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jan 21 - May 27 2021
Class focuses on aging gayfully.

Fall 2020

Section 0156 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Aug 20 - Dec 17 2020
Class focuses on ageing gayfully.

Section 1540 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Aug 19 - Dec 16 2020
Class focuses on aging gayfully. (Re-schedule note: 9/16 class will meet 9/19)

Summer 2020

Section 8946 of OA505
Discussion Group -- : Jun 18 - Aug 06 2020
Class focuses on living gayfully.

BA San Francisco State University

MA New College of California

WYSE International Elder Workshops, Italy (2009-2012)

Eldership Academy Workshop, Italy 2017

Sage-ing International Conferences and Workshops

Gary "Buz" Hermes has worked in human services his entire career, including designing and implementing programs for persons with disabilities and seniors.  For the last 35 years he has also served as an advocate on behalf of the LGBT community..  Most recently he has focused on combining his passionate research into conscious aging strategies with his years of experience working with seniors to serve his aging LGBT peers.     

Work and Consulting Experience


LGBT Aging Consultant

LGBT Seniors Discussion Group Facilitator:  The Spahr Center, Marin County

LGBT Seniors Discussion Group Co-Facilitator:  Sonoma Valley LGBT Seniors


LGBT Aging Consultant:  Sonoma County Adult and Aging Services

Sernior Services Coordinator:   Mercy Housing, Marin County; PEP Housing, Sonoma County

Seniors Program Staff Member:  Spectrum Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns, Marin

Program Coordinator: Kairos Support for Caregivers, San Francisco

Program Manager: Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Marin Housing Authority




Professional Areas of Interest

LGBT Aging Issues

Conscious Aging Strategies


We lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders have another layer of concerns on top of the usual challenges of aging.  Those concerns might include low self-esteem after many years of having to living in a hostile culture, fear of continuing judgment and discrimination by healthcare, homecare and aging service providers, isolation and lonliness due to loss of peers and lack of family support, and lack of financial security due to having worked in a low-paying career.  The "Aging Gayfully!" class addresses those concerns in addition to the usual aging challenges through weekly presentations of a relevant topic or resource followed by a facilitated group discussion.  In addition, students frequently form supportive connections with each other that extend outside of the class.

Presentations and Publications

Presenter on innovative senior programs at conferences of National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, American Society on Aging, California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, National Association of Service Coordinators.