Who are Prime Timers Houston?
Prime Timers is a Worldwide organization promoting social activities for the older gay and bisexual male and those who like them. Our Houston chapter was founded by seven organizers in 1990. Many friendships and long term relationships have developed from our fun and games. Currently, we have over one hundred members ranging in age from mid-twenties to eighties!
Woody Baldwin, the founder of Prime Timers, has made these observations about why Prime Timers is useful and fun:
- The older gay male grew up when our life style was best closeted.
- Having pursued a career and family, many were not familiar with gay life, and entrance into the life style was cumbersome and undirected.
- Activities and associations developed in Prime Timers get folks out of the house and on the go.
- Prime Timers is social only, not political. You don't have to be out. We protect your identity.
- Prime Timers provides an outlet, other than bars, to meet people.
Board meetings are held monthly and members are invited to attend. A newsletter and event calendar are published monthly. The calendar of events is also on the information line and the web site. You do not need to be a member to attend a function so drop by one that interests you.
Who are Prime Timers?
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.