Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
SAGE leads in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.
In 1978 New York City, a small intergenerational group of LGBT people recognized that older people still needed a voice in the movement. By that time the LGBT civil rights movement had gained momentum across the country. Unfortunately, the larger LGBT community had overlooked its elders, many of whom struggled to survive amidst poverty and social isolation. Originally known as Senior Action in a Gay Environment, SAGE was founded to create a network of support for these older community members, first in New York City and then nationwide. Today, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) leads the conversation on LGBT aging.