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12.18.2014
2013 Annual Report


A Message from the Board Co-Chairs and the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

It's remarkable the transformation that a focused, sound idea can incite! In 2008, SAGE launched an ambitious, 5-year strategic plan to position lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people as a population of critical concern for leaders in government, and the aging and LGBT sectors. Our relentless pursuit to bring the LGBT aging conversation "to the table" worked, sparking nothing less than a national movement.

In 2013—the final year of our 5-year plan—SAGE's focus on improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people was sharper than ever—as profiled in our new annual report. Our path-breaking National Resource Center on LGBT Aging trained hundreds of providers, revamped its online resources and generated acclaim and support from government and nonprofit leaders alike. In Washington, DC, our federal policy program brought about concrete advances, including a bill that could amend the Older Americans Act to support LGBT elders and a first-ever Congressional hearing on the pressing needs of older adults with HIV. At 84, longtime SAGE leader Edie Windsor defied the mentality that activism has an age limit and brought down the Defense of Marriage Act at the Supreme Court, inspiring a generation. And in cities and states around the country, SAGE led landmark victories, including New York State's historic decision to require Medicaid-funded facilities to do LGBT-inclusive screening. And, we piloted exciting new programs that create community and enhance financial security for LGBT older people throughout the country, including the launch of our national digital storytelling program, SAGE Story, which has reduced isolation among LGBT elders nationwide.

We also began 2013 recognizing that SAGE's next chapter needed a powerful and evolved focus—so we crafted a new strategic plan to identify where SAGE can have the most impact over the next three years. In SAGE's new strategic plan, focus means that we will pinpoint the best innovations in LGBT aging and bring them to scale. It means we will partner with the right leaders in various fields and sectors to move a policy agenda that defends the rights and liberties of LGBT older people, challenging discrimination and advocating for policies that enable SAGE constituents across the country to obtain the services and supports they need. SAGE also will focus on strengthening the sustainability of our work, increasing our effectiveness by smartly deploying data, and promoting diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work so that no LGBT older person is left behind.

In that spirit, on behalf of SAGE's Board of Directors, Staff, volunteers and constituents, we thank you for helping us ensure that LGBT older people can age in good health, financially secure and with broad community support. Please take a moment to look back at SAGE's key accomplishments in 2013—we could not have achieved these wins without your steadfast support.

Rosalyn Richter
Board Co-Chair

William E. Weinberger
Board Co-Chair

Michael Adams
Executive Director










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