When Berkshire Magazine decided to honor the 25 people who are “The Most Dedicated, Most Creative, Most Influential of the Berkshires” in 2016 (their third year of recognizing the areas movers and shakers) they included our own Ed Sedarbaum. He has spent the past year bringing LGBT seniors together after decades of being virtually invisible, and Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County continues to grow with regular meetings in Williamstown and Pittsfield.
At a ceremony attended by about 250 guests at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Berkshire Magazine honored the wide range of people who make us unique, and their work that improves and enhances our homes, lives, lands, schools, healthcare, business, fine arts, security, and more.
Says Ed: “It’s gratifying to see how warmly the LGBT community of elders has been welcomed and supported in an area as rural as ours. The isolation that was once a fact of life is being replaced by monthly meetings and special events, often with our extended family of friends and allies.”
In making the award, Berkshire Magazine said: “Ed Sedarbaum of Williamstown is known for his tireless work promoting LGBTQ Senior awareness. He runs the Berkshires Rainbow Seniors, which is dedicated to creating safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ senior community. In addition, he made a big splash this year when he spoke at Pittsfield’s Park Square at the vigil for the 49 victims gunned down in Orlando. Community members would agree that Sedarbaum’s passion and determination has had a positive impact on area residents.”
To read about the awards, and the other 24 recipients, visit Berkshire Magazine’s blogspot, townvibe.com