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SAGE affiliate leaders gather to share knowledge and advocate for LGBT elders

SAGE affiliates from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., for their annual conference. This year’s conference, which was held in March 2019 in conjunction with SAGE’s first National Day of Advocacy, brought together the largest group of people in […]

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What happens when the heroes of Stonewall descend on Capitol Hill?

Fifty years ago this June, the global movement for LGBTQ rights was born at New York City’s Stonewall Inn, and the people who started that movement — first a riot, then a revolution — are responsible for the access that […]

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Precision Medicine Rejects “One-Size-Fits-All” Medicine and Creates Health Solutions That Meet the Needs of Diverse Elders

Clinical trials and health research are invaluable tools to advance individual and public health around the world, but the communities represented by the Diverse Elders Coalition – including American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics and […]

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A Day of Advocacy Decades in the Making

The concerns of LGBT elders will soon be front and center as SAGE affiliates and members from coast to coast converge in Washington D.C. Fifty years ago this coming June, LGBT elder pioneers started the fight for LGBT equality at […]

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SAGE Alaska Has Made Its Mark on the LGBT Movement

SAGE’s affiliate in Alaska is fighting to help the LGBT community win at the ballot box Over the past year, Alaska has emerged as a leader in the national fight against concerted, continuous attacks on the LGBT community, particularly those […]

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The Untold Experiences of LGBT Elders Around the World

LGBT elders and their advocates, led by SAGE, had a major presence at this summer’s International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Global Conference in Toronto Sassa Almendro Zeballos knew from an early age she was different. “When I was a kid, […]

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An Unprecedented Attack

The Trump administration has relentlessly targeted the transgender community since its inauguration in 2017—and SAGE is fighting back It has been a deeply challenging two years for transgender people, whose rights and livelihoods have been continually threatened under the Trump […]

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My Religion Stops Where Your Civil Rights Begin

The separation between church (or any religious group) and state is being eroded—and LGBT citizens may pay a high price for that diminishment of our constitutionally protected rights Contrary to what we are often told, religious freedom is not under […]

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The Ongoing Threat of Religious-Based LGBT Discrimination

A series of religious-liberty laws backed by the Trump administration are causing a grave threat to LGBT elders across the country Their story is heartbreaking. Missouri lesbian couple Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance were preparing for the next chapter of […]

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LGBT Elders Now Have a Place to Call Home

SAGE will soon make history when it opens two LGBT-friendly housing developments, one of which will be the largest in the country. This year, SAGE is celebrating a historic accomplishment—fulfilling a decades-long dream of building LGBT-welcoming housing for our community’s […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Movement

In our last issue, you heard from two of SAGE’s visionary founders, Doug Kimmel and Chris Almvig. As part of our reflection on SAGE’s 40 Fierce Years, we’re taking you behind the scenes with five individuals who were integral to […]

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SAGEPositive: How SAGE cares for long-term survivors of HIV

Did you know that by the year 2020, 70 percent of the people living with HIV in the United States will be over the age of 50? How about that older adults (age 50 and up) account for 17 percent of […]

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A collage of SAGE Tables across the US

This Year’s SAGE Table Is Off to a Bold Start

On November 8, 2018, in more than 150 locations across the U.S. and the globe, thousands of LGBT people and allies gathered as part of the intergenerational LGBT initiative SAGE Table. The event, which had a successful debut last year […]

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“When we all vote, we determine our future”

Today is Election Day! If you have not already participated in early or absentee voting, today is the day for you to cast your vote in what could be a historic moment for our country. In the 2014 midterms, only […]

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Voting While Trans? Take This Checklist With You

In the run-up to the midterm elections, there’s been much talk about voter ID laws. A majority of states—34, to be exact—will request or require ID to vote on Tuesday, November 6. One effect of such laws could prevent up […]

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October 2018 ESAGEMatters: SAGE Condemns Trump Admin, NYC Mayor Signs Gender Bill, and More News

SAGE condemns Trump administration plans to erase transgender people The New York Times reported this week that the Trump administration is considering a drastic move to strip away the rights of transgender people by creating an extremely narrow federal definition […]

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SAGE Officially Launches SAGE Puerto Rico

In effort to expand its reach, SAGE officially launched SAGE Puerto Rico and established an LGBT older adult center in San Juan. SAGE Puerto Rico will provide an array of programs and services for LGBT community members over the age […]

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Tips on Planning Ahead for Election Day

With Election Day just two weeks away—on Tuesday, November 6, 2018—it’s time to put your voting plan into place. Did you know that 2018 has more LGBT candidates than ever? Follow these important steps to make sure you’re prepared for […]

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Carla Lupi MD

Physician, Educator, and Pioneer Carla Lupi, MD

Carla Lupi, MD, began her public and professional journey into the intersection of lesbian rights and feminism during her early 1970s high school years, when she participated in debate competitions provocatively advocating for unlimited access to contraceptives for minors. (For […]

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Raquel Matas

Raquel Matas: Lawyer, Activist, Leader

Raquel Matas has been a lawyer for over 35 years. She has distinguished herself as an experienced and well-respected real estate lawyer; as a senior-level law school administrator and counsel; as an active member of the bar and larger community; […]

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Sandra Bernhard and Bevy Smith at SAGE Table 2017.

A Star-Studded Debut for SAGE Table

Posting live on May 18, 2017, Whoopi Goldberg introduced her Facebook fans to SAGE Table. “We’re here because we’re doing a SAGE Table,” she said at the start of her live post. “I don’t know if you know about SAGE, […]

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September 25 Is National Voter Registration Day

September 25 is National Voter Registration Day! The midterm elections on November 6 might be the most important election in a generation. Make your voice heard by registering to vote today. If you’re already registered, congratulations! You will have the […]

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September 2018 ESAGEMatters: How Kavanaugh Threatens the LGBT Community and More News

Plaintiff in marriage equality case sounds off on Kavanaugh Don’t miss an incredibly powerful piece in the Advocate, “The Man Who Made Marriage Possible Discusses the Kavanaugh Threat.” The article features a poignant conversation between SAGE CEO Michael Adams and […]

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An older white woman and younger Asian woman on a SAGE Pride bus.

SAGE’s Welcome to Pride Guide

SAGE is excited to introduce “Welcome to Pride: A Practical Guide to Making Pride Parades, Marches and Festivals Age-Friendly.” The “Welcome to Pride” guide was created as part of the Welcome to Pride Initiative, which seeks to ensure that the […]

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SAGE Speed Mentoring Featured on VICE News

On April 9, 2017, SAGE hosted a special speed mentoring event in Miami, Florida. VICE News was on hand to document that day. Watch as generations cross the divide, and connect. Interested in more? Check SAGE Table, our initiative that asks […]

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Frank Liu, SAGE Donor

Frank Liu: Always First in Line

Do you think planned gifts are only for really rich folks? Think again! “I never thought of myself as a philanthropist,” says SAGE supporter Frank Liu. “What do you think a philanthropist looks like? Bill Gates? George Soros? White rich […]

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A collage of SAGE Tables across the US

SAGE Table Host Registration

Thank you for registering your event with SAGE Table. We are so glad that you’re a part of this movement. The following tools will help you prepare to host; they are especially useful for organizations who are hosting. The Host Toolkit outlines […]

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Let’s Talk: Jonathan Barrio and Reynaldo Mireles

In honor of SAGE’s 40th anniversary, we paired LGBT trailblazers and influencers of varied generations to reflect on our collective past and discuss our future. These interviews reflect life experiences that span several decades and geographical divides. All illustrate burning […]

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Let’s Talk: Kim L. Hunt and Sandy Warshaw

In honor of SAGE’s 40th anniversary, we paired LGBT trailblazers and influencers of varied generations to reflect on our collective past and discuss our future. These interviews reflect life experiences that span several decades and geographical divides. All illustrate burning […]

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Why SAGE Table: Our Commonalities

The beauty of an intergenerational friendship is infinite. SAGE Table brings older and younger members of the LGBT community together to talk about our commonalities. We go through the same things, we have a shared history, and we have a […]

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Theo Hutchinson

No One Deserves to Be Invisible

DR. THEODORE J. HUTCHINSON teaches at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and was the winner of the 2017 SAGE/Airbnb Pride Contest. After his SAGE Pride experience, Theo became an outspoken advocate for SAGE and trans elder rights. On the day […]

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Thea Cook, SAGE

Thea Cook: Taking Care, Now and in the Future

Thea Cook is the Site Manager for the Edie Windsor SAGE Center in New York City. When she heard about the match campaign at a recent staff meeting, she was intrigued. A few weeks later, she heard about it again […]

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Mark Black and Glen Leiner SAGE donors

Mark Black and Glen Leiner: There From the Start

Mark Black was here at the beginning. Chris Almvig, one of SAGE’s cofounders, knew Mark through the gay social workers group she belonged to. She knew he Mark worked well with older people, and she thought he’d be a great […]

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Anthony Sis, 2018 SAGE Table National Committee

SAGE Table 2018 National Host Committee: Aging Into a Brighter Future

Intergenerational LGBT initiative SAGE Table, which launches on November 8, is being to brought to life by the dedicated members of the SAGE Table 2018 National Host Committee. This group of civic leaders hails from five cities in which SAGE […]

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Let’s Talk: Paul Kuntzler and Jim Obergefell

In honor of SAGE’s 40th anniversary, we paired LGBT trailblazers and influencers of varied generations to reflect on our collective past and discuss our future. These interviews reflect life experiences that span several decades and geographical divides. All illustrate burning […]

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Let’s Talk: Tom Leonardis and Phillip Picardi

In honor of SAGE’s 40th anniversary, we paired LGBT trailblazers and influencers of varied generations to reflect on our collective past and discuss our future. These interviews reflect life experiences that span several decades and geographical divides. All illustrate burning […]

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Let’s Talk: Vega Subramaniam and Pat Lin

In honor of SAGE’s 40th anniversary, we paired LGBT trailblazers and influencers of varied generations to reflect on our collective past and discuss our future. These interviews reflect life experiences that span several decades and geographical divides. All illustrate burning […]

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Care can't wait sign held by older gay man

Dignity, respect, and care can’t wait

The Trump administration is giving businesses and medical providers a license to discriminate: to deny services to LGBT individuals based on religious or moral beliefs. In response, SAGE is enlisting the power of the LGBT community, its allies, and organizations […]

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Kate Kendell, SAGE honoree

Kate Kendell: NCLR and Beyond

Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization advancing the civil and human rights of LGBTQ people and their families. NCLR’s legal, policy, and legislative victories set important precedents that improve the lives of all […]

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John Lake Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo’s John Lake: Creating Connections

John Lake is a vice president on the Diverse Segment Marketing Strategy team at Wells Fargo. In this role, he develops and drives national multicultural marketing efforts across Wells Fargo’s multiple regions and lines of business, with a special focus […]

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George Takei, SAGE honoree

George Takei: Actor, Activist, Influencer

Those who say there are no second acts in American life don’t know George Takei. For the young boy who spent his childhood in two American concentration camps for persons of Japanese ancestry, life has offered not just a second […]

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Let’s Talk: Jennifer C. Gregg, Ruth Berman, and Connie Kurtz

SAGE deeply mourns the death of fierce lesbian activist Connie Kurtz, who passed away May 27, 2018. Connie and her wife, Ruth Berman, were recipients of the SAGE Pioneer Award in 2015. In 1988, the couple sued the New York City Board […]

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Let’s Talk: Jerre Kalbas and Teresa Theophano

In honor of SAGE’s 40th anniversary, we paired LGBT trailblazers and influencers of varied generations to reflect on our collective past and discuss our future. These interviews reflect life experiences that span several decades and geographical divides. All illustrate burning […]

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SAGE Table Across the Country

Last year there were 232 SAGE Tables across 40 states with more than 3,000 participants. With support from NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, Ellen Degeneres, and Whoopi Goldberg, our first year of SAGE Table was a major success. Now it’s […]

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Let’s Talk: Jewel Thais-Williams and Joey Wasserman

In honor of SAGE’s 40th anniversary, we paired LGBT trailblazers and influencers of varied generations to reflect on our collective past and discuss our future. These interviews reflect life experiences that span several decades and geographical divides. All illustrate burning […]

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Let’s Talk: Robert Patrick and Miss Barbie Q

In honor of SAGE’s 40th anniversary, we paired LGBT trailblazers and influencers of varied generations to reflect on our collective past and discuss our future. These interviews reflect life experiences that span several decades and geographical divides. All illustrate burning […]

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A Latin American Perspective

SAGE CEO Michael Adams talks with ESMULES Executive Director Andrea Ayala ANDREA AYALA is Executive Director of ESMULES, Espacio de Mujeres Lesbianas por la Diversidad (Space for Lesbian Women for Diversity), an organization working for LGBT equality in El Salvador. […]

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SAGE breakfast at Pride march in the 1980s

SAGE in the Beginning

What better way to celebrate 40 Fierce Years of SAGE than to hear from SAGE’s fierce founders Doug Kimmel and Chris Almvig? Here are some highlights from an interview with SAGE CEO Michael Adams. CHRIS ALMVIG received NOW’s Susan B. […]

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Randy Block speaks at a press conference.

Drawing on his faith, an advocate for LGBT older adults

“Tragically, some traditional religions have often been part of the problem of discrimination toward people from the LGBTQ community,” says Randy Block of Royal Oak, Michigan. Block works as the Director of Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN), a […]

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Marsha Bond of Georgia with her family

Georgia’s lack of protections for LGBT older people: “It’s time for that to change” 

As she approaches the age of 75, Marsha Bond is committed to staying engaged in her community. She volunteers in multiple ways near her home in Clarkston, Georgia. For many years now, she has served as a caregiver for a […]

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House with SAGE Logo

50 Years After Fair Housing Act, LGBT People Still Vulnerable to Housing Discrimination

By Kelly Kent, SAGE Director of National Housing Initiative April 11, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Fair Housing Act, a pivotal piece of legislation that laid the groundwork for housing protections for marginalized populations in the United […]

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“I Can Be a Voice for the Voiceless”: Michigan Woman Calls for Increased Attention to Challenges Facing LGBT Older Adults

Southfield, Michigan’s Faith Robinson-Renner has made it a priority to look out for LGBT elders in her community and make sure they have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. As a married lesbian woman, she has decided to […]

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Confronting AIDS and Coming Out Taught Us How to Age Well

By John-Manuel Andriote   A first-ever survey in 2013 of LGBT San Francisco residents aged 60 to 92 found something startling: 15 percent of the 612 respondents had “seriously considered” committing suicide within the last 12 months. Commissioned by the city’s […]

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Long-Term Care Administrators and LGBT Aging Training

By Tim Johnson, Director of National Projects In my capacity leading the day-to-day activities of SAGECare—which provides training and consulting on LGBT aging issues to service providers—and as a trainer myself, I have had the pleasure of working with administrators […]

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Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania

Op-Ed: Standing Up for America’s LGBT Elders

By U.S. Senator Bob Casey (PA), Ranking Member of the Special Committee on Aging Older LGBT Americans continue to pave the way for equality. They display perseverance and courage, and regardless of the obstacles, they fight against discrimination and stand up to bigotry—and they […]

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SAGE Celebrates Black History Month 2018

Happy Black History Month! Throughout February, we will be profiling SAGE participants of color as well as prominent LGBT African-Americans including Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, and Marsha P. Johnson. As we shine a spotlight to honor them, we recognize that the […]

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Join the Age-Friendly Pride Movement

The Welcome to Pride Initiative, created by SAGE with the generous support of AARP, is a partnership among SAGE, Centerlink, Heritage of Pride, InterPride, and The Center for Black Equity. We launched Welcome to Pride to share how Pride organizers across […]

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The data behind fostering intergenerational connections in the LGBT community

Did you know that only 21.7 percent of surveyed LGBT people of all ages know who will take care of them when they’re older? No one did—until we asked. In 2016, SAGE conducted a detailed literature review on cross-generational LGBT […]

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SAGE Harlem: New Year, New Space

SAGE Harlem has moved! As of Wednesday, January 10, 2018, SAGE Harlem will be located at 220 West 143rd Street (entrance mid-block on 142nd St. between Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd). See the map below (click to […]

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Pat Baldwin: Advocating for LGBTQ Elders in Michigan

Five years ago, Pat Baldwin walked into the office of the executive director at the Hannan Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the dignity of elders in the state of Michigan, and took a seat. Pat, who is the director […]

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Equality Is Not a Cakewalk for LGBT Elders

SAGE’s Director of Advocacy, Aaron Tax, and Dr. Imani Woody—LGBTQ activist and founder of Mary’s House, the first LGTBQ senior housing development in Washington, D.C.—spoke at the ACLU’s rally on the Supreme Court steps before opening arguments for the Masterpiece Cakeshop […]

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LGBT Home Care Workers

Did you know that LGBT older adults make up 2.7 million of the quickly growing aging population in the United States? By 2030, that number is expected to more than double. Now more than ever before, there is a high […]

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Welcome to Pride

  SAGE is partnering with The Center for Black Equity, Centerlink, and InterPride on an age-friendly Pride initiative. The goal is to encourage the inclusion of older LGBT people in all aspects of Pride marches, parades, and festivals. The first step is hearing from […]

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Caregiving Around the Clock: National Family Caregivers Month and Resources for the LGBT Community

Each November we recognize National Family Caregivers Month. As the theme for this year makes clear, many of us are aware that caring for a spouse/partner, family member, or friend is often a 24/7 commitment of caregiving around the clock. […]

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What Students Need to Know About LGBT History

SAGE Facebook followers weight in: What do students NEED to learn about LGBTQ History?

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Case Pushing Us Back Into the Closet? No Way!

Can you imagine being forced back into the closet when you and your partner apply for affordable housing? Or not being allowed to honor your spouse’s last wishes upon their passing? And all denied to you because an establishment decides […]

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SAGENet Blossoms in the City of Roses

SAGENet affiliates converged on Portland, Oregon, earlier this month for an annual meeting that brings together the largest group of people in the United States who lead programs tailored to the needs of LGBT older adults. “Each year, we meet […]

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Coming Out to Your Healthcare Provider

In celebration of National Coming Out Day on October 11, SAGECare and our partner the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation want to share the vibrant voices of LGBT elders. Many of the people in the videos embedded below discuss the […]

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Trump Administration Issues License to Discriminate

The Trump administration recently issued guidelines that dangerously give a license to discriminate against the LGBT community, especially our elders, under the guise of so-called religious freedom. Issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime opponent of LGBT equality, the […]

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SAGE Assures Same-Sex Married Couples That Their Rights Are Safe

Given the severe challenges that LGBT people have faced under the Trump administration, we understand our community’s alarm when hearing news that the administration is planning to revoke a rule proposed in 2014 to protect married, same-sex couples in long-term […]

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Send in the Singers: Sing for Your Seniors and SAGE

The idea behind Sing for Your Seniors is simple: Singers brighten up the lives of elders in their community by offering free, uplifting musical performances, live and in person. Music not only brings joy—it can also carry therapeutic value, particularly […]

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Saying Goodbye to Our Mother

SAGE CEO Michael Adams’s poignant and empowering message delivered at LGBTQ icon Edie Windsor’s memorial service in New York City on September 15, 2017. You can view a video of the memorial service here. The service starts at the 30 […]

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SAGE Takes Loving, Caring Activism to the Streets at Pride Celebrations Across the Country

SAGE motivated tens of thousands of LGBT people across generations to step out at Pride celebrations nationwide. It was a summer of firsts: In New York City, SAGE partnered with Airbnb to bring a trans elder to his very first […]

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Now Available: SAGE Health Storylines Self-Care App

The SAGE Health Storylines self-care app makes it easy for older adults living with HIV and AIDS—and their caregivers—to track their health. A variety of tools, including a medication tracker, a mood tracker, and a symptom tracker, allow you to build your […]

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LGBT Elders Tell Washington: We Refuse to Be Invisible 

By sending more than 9,000 letters to Washington, people across the country raised their voices with SAGE and many other organizations, LGBT and allies alike, to tell the Trump administration that we refuse to be invisible. Given the erasure of […]

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Pride Month Is Here

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, June is Pride Month, and everyone at SAGE is excited to celebrate! Starting this weekend, the calendar is jam-packed with events around New York City to show the strength of our community […]

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Living Lessons in Activism

Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE, recently talked with three LGBT trailblazers who see momentum in the current political environment. It made for an uplifting and powerful conversation. Michael Adams: Each of you has been a pioneer in social justice movements […]

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Remember: We Refuse To Be Invisible!

Get Action Alerts from SAGE! Sign up and fight for LGBT elders! We need your help to keep our advocacy working going strong! Remember: We will not be erased. We will not be eliminated. We will not go quietly. WE […]

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SAGE & Global Volunteers: Doing Good Around the World

BE THE CHANGE IN THE WORLD. BE A GLOBAL VOLUNTEER. SAGE and Global Volunteers partner to bring you exclusive LGBT teams to Cuba and Vietnam! Join us on a volunteer service program that crosses the generational divide with LGBT volunteers of […]

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Meet Kelly Kent, SAGE’s National Housing Initiative Director

Kelly Kent brings almost two decades of experience to his role as director of SAGE’s National Housing Initiative, a new one at the organization. Kent, who divides his time between his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, and SAGE’s New York […]

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Thanks to all who helped defeat Trump’s so-called healthcare bill!

Dear Friends, Two weeks ago, SAGE asked you to tell Congress to oppose the so-called American Health Care Act. You spoke up – loudly and clearly. Thanks to you, and to thousands of other outraged Americans, we stopped this dangerous […]

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The Trump Administration is Erasing LGBT Elders

Dear Friends, It’s highly unusual for me to send you two messages in two weeks asking you to stand up and advocate for LGBT elders. But these are highly unusual times. We must be prepared to step up to the […]

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Health of LGBT Elders is Under Attack

We at SAGE have grave concerns about the potential repeal of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) and its replacement by the so-called American Health Care Act (AHCA). This dangerous legislation hurts those who can least afford it — low and moderate […]

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Diverse Elders Coalition Q&A About the ACA

The Diverse Elders Coalition has released a informative and incredibly helpful article outlining the Affordable Care Act repeal in the United States. We urge you to take a look and have many of your concerns settled. After reading, don’t forget […]

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Cuomo Says New York Stands Behind Trans Students

The federal government may not be standing behind transgender youth, but the elders of SAGE are heartened to know that Governor Cuomo is. In a statement today, Cuomo stated: “As the federal government seeks to roll back the progress we have […]

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Our LGBT Community is an Intergenerational Community

Any attack on the young affects us all. SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) stands against the Trump Administration’s repeal the Department of Education’s Title IX guidance advising federally-funded educational institutions on respecting students’ gender identity.  The LGBT community […]

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Spreading The Word About HIV Prevention For African-American Women

In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), we are sharing this article from Jose Soto, NPR News. This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News and the NPR Shots blog and is a repost of our partner, the Diverse Elders Coalition. For […]

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Closer to Joy: Trans-formational Meditation at SAGE

Starting mid-January, SAGE’s program staff is delighted to offer an innovative new program: Energy, Power & Joy in Somatic Meditation for Trans People. We had the opportunity to sit down with Diana Goetsch, the facilitator of this somatic meditation program, […]

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What Home Can Look Like- John C. Anderson Apartments Provides Shining Example of an LGBT Age-Friendly Community

By Pat Lin Home is a place where there should be no need to hide. Yet many LGBT older people struggle to find housing situations that are both affordable and accepting of residents’ sexual orientations and gender identities. Amidst the critical […]

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LGBT Elders: Resilience and Inspiration

Dear Friends, It is often said that one of the greatest measures of a society is how it treats and remembers its elders. SAGE’s commitment to an equitable world where LGBT elders are valued and have boundless opportunities is inspired […]

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A handful of people shouted, “You don’t live here! You don’t belong here!”

“When I would hear these instances of egregious anti-gay harassment, I sometimes thought maybe, well this might be a little conjured up, or there may be something they’re not saying.” On a conceptual level, Jim Brooks and Bob Campbell have […]

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What LGBT Seniors Stand to Lose in ACA Repeal

This post originally appeared on the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation website on January 13, 2016. Read the original post here. By Aaron Tax This blog is part of a series to highlight the dangers of the repealing […]

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Make the Most of SAGE’s Housing Website with These Seven Tips

In September, SAGE launched Welcome Home, the first-of-its-kind LGBT age-friendly housing website and interactive map. This comprehensive consumer resource is designed to empower LGBT elders and those who care for them with the information they need to find safe, welcoming […]

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New Year, New SAGECare Train the Trainer

By Tim R. Johnston This year I’m resolving to double my efforts to train service providers on LGBT cultural competency. From housing providers to nurses to service coordinators, it’s my job to make sure that more people know the “ins […]

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Live Long and Prosper with George Takei

This post originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of SAGEMatters. Q. SAGE believes that we have a responsibility to make diversity and inclusion a centerpiece of our purpose, our people and our work. You once said “diversity is one […]

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Digital Activism Brings Elders into the Fold

This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition blog on December 13, 2016. Read the original post here. By Jenna McDavid Earlier this week, I attended a virtual town hall hosted by Color of Change, which brought together hundreds of people […]

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Why Mary’s House? (Again.)

This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition blog on September 29, 2016. Read the original post here. By Dr. Imani Woody People often ask me, “Why do we need a place for LGBT older people to live? Don’t we have […]

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Where Bigotry is Denied Entrance—Fighting HIV/AIDS Stigma in Housing

By Pat Lin On this World AIDS Day, it’s important to commemorate how far we’ve come since the HIV/AIDS pandemic started. HIV isn’t the death sentence it used to be, but many long-term survivors of HIV continue to pay an emotional, […]

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Yet We Rise: Remembering to Fight on Transgender Day of Remembrance—and Every Day

By Pat Lin Renée Imperato, lifelong transgender activist and SAGE participant, began the closing of SAGE’s Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony with a wry yet passionate call to action. “Greetings to my collaborators in the enlightenment of the human condition,” […]

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Transition Anxiety

This post originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of SAGEMatters, and was later published by The Huffington Post, here. As we come to the end Transgender Awareness Month, SAGE CEO Michael Adams shares an illuminating conversation he had early this […]

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SAGEMatters Fall 2016: Lives of Boundless Opportunities

SAGEMatters Fall 2016: Lives of Boundless Opportunities As we share the latest SAGEMatters with you, we are living through a period of unprecedented change. Perhaps nothing reminds us of this more sharply than this year’s high-stakes elections, which have turned […]

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SAGE Stands Firm on Agenda for LGBT Elders in Wake of General Election

Dear Friends, At SAGE we see the results of this week’s election through our commitment to building an equitable world where all LGBT elders are valued and have boundless opportunities. SAGE’s commitment is shaped by our core values, which include […]

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Infographic: LGBT Elders Send Powerful Message to Federal Administration for Community Living

SAGE has published a new infographic outlining its involvement in the #TellACL comment period. In 2016, SAGE delivered more than 2,800 comments to the Federal Administration for Community Living, regarding a plan that would guide state aging offices in allocating […]

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Michael Adams Joins Next Avenue’s Influencers in Aging List

This month, SAGE CEO Michael Adams was acknowledged as one of Next Avenue’s 50 “Influencers in Aging” — joining author Ashton Applewhite, “60 Minutes Correspondent” Lesley Stahl, fashion icon Iris Apfel, Carol Fishman Cohen, Disney’s Michael Eisner, Howard Gleckman, iconic television writer […]

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Gala Brings in Record Donations for LGBT Elders

On October 17, LGBT leaders and allies came together for the 21st Annual SAGE Awards & Gala to honor those whose contributions have profoundly enhanced the LGBT aging community. Held at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, the […]

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Walking on the Backs of Those Who Died

By Pat Lin Years after the HIV/AIDS epidemic ravaged millions of lives, survivors carry on the stories of their loved ones and search for hope that a cure will be found. Photographer Lester Blum and Creative Director Vladimir Rios talk […]

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The Silent Generation Speaks Out In New Docuseries

Longtime SAGE participant Sandy Warshaw will be featured in I’m From Driftwood’s new elder docuseries, “What Was It Like?” airing on XFINITY on Monday, October 10 (check your local listings). In 2015, Warshaw joined other SAGE delegates at the White […]

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PBS Takes a Look at the Most Intimate of Transformations

On Monday, October 10, PBS will premiere From This Day Forward, a moving story by filmmaker Sharon Shattuck that documents her father’s transition from male to female. In the film, Shattuck reflects on her family history and its ability to […]

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NICOA’s 40th Anniversary and the Resilience of AI/AN Elders

In September, the National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) held its biennial conference in celebration of its 40th anniversary. At the conference, SAGE’s Michael Adams touched on various aspects of aging, including policies that impact the lives of LGBT […]

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SAGE and ASA Co-Host #LGBTGenerations Panel

When the American Society on Aging (ASA) decided to focus the Summer 2016 issue of Generations on LGBT aging, it marked a milestone in the march toward visibility and respect for LGBT elders. On September 21, SAGE CEO Michael Adams […]

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Did you know? The Feds Just Outlawed LGBT Credit Discrimination

This past June, SAGE asked the Consumer Finance Protection Board (CFPB) whether it “views credit discrimination on the bases of gender identity and sexual orientation … as forms of sex discrimination prohibited under the ECOA.” In August, we heard back and […]

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SAGE Launches LGBT Age-Friendly Housing Website

Home isn’t just where we live — home is our safe place. That’s why SAGE has created a first-of-its-kind housing website that empowers LGBT elders to find a welcoming place to call home. We know that housing discrimination is on […]

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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 2016

In March, SAGE commemorated National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and for HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day in June, we paid tribute to our LGBT elders living with HIV. Today, we commemorate National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day to […]

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Organizations Join SAGE and Sign-On for Better Services for LGBT Elders Nationwide

August 22, 2016 Via Email Greg Link Administration for Community Living U.S. Administration of Aging Department of Health and Human Services Washington, DC 20201 RE: Request for New Information Collection for a Program Instruction on Guidance for the Development and […]

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SAGE and Partners Launching LGBT Elder Housing in NYC

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post Blog on July 11, 2016. Read the original post here. By Michael Adams Recently, SAGE closed out New York City’s Pride month with the historic announcement that, after many years of effort, […]

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Why We Fight

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of SAGEMatters. The Supreme Court validated the relationships of LGBT people across the nation in 2015 when it handed down its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Plaintiff Jim Obergefell took the […]

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What Affordable/Accessible Housing Options Exist for Diverse Elders?

Did you miss SAGE’s June 30 Housing Press Conference? Watch the Facebook Live Stream recording and see photos from the event on Flickr. This post originally appeared on the Diverse Elders Coalition blog on June 1, 2016. Read the original post here. […]

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The Longest Day: An LGBT Older Adult and Caregiver Perspective for Living with Alzheimer ’s Disease

Annually the Alzheimer’s Association hosts Longest Day events on the summer solstice to raise awareness and understanding of the challenging journey faced by people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter, marked this Longest […]

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LGBT Vigil Interfaith: Join Us, Lend Your Voice, Prayers

Last night, Suley Cruz, SAGE Center Harlem’s Site Manager, spoke at an InterFaith Prayer Vigil hosted by Integrity Harlem (LGBT Ministry) at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Read her powerful words below. It’s hard to come up with the proper words […]

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Building Intergenerational LGBTQ AAPI Communities

This post originally appeared on the Diverse Elders Coalition blog on May 25, 2016. Read the original post here. By Vega Subramaniam I find myself attending LGBTQ Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) events with less and less frequency over time. At one point, […]

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Supporting LGBT Older Adults During Grief and Loss Following Orlando Attack

By Sherrill Wayland, MSW As an LGBT community, we reflect on the tragic loss of life experienced at PULSE nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Vigils are now being held in communities large and small, providing the LGBT community, families and friends […]

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#WeAreOrlando: Together We Are Stronger than Bigotry and Hate

Dear Friends, I know that all of us have been struggling today to grapple with our outrage and our grief over the senseless and vicious attack on LGBT people and our friends at Pulse in Orlando. To know that an […]

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Celebrating LGBT Heroes of Pride

It’s the first full week of Pride Month 2016 and the LGBT community is off to an exciting start. On May 31st, President Obama proclaimed June as LGBT Pride Month, calling upon the country to “eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and […]

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SAGE CEO Michael Adams Receives Burton Grebin Award for Innovation

Today, SAGE CEO Michael Adams received The Burton Grebin, MD Award for Innovation from the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC), for his personal commitment to the important issue of LGBT long term care. The Burton Grebin, MD Award for Innovation […]

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Connecting Across Generations

Jay Kallio’s battle against breast cancer as a trans man highlights the healthcare struggles of so many in the LGBT community. His story also illuminates the ways in which our community members support each other across generational lines in times of need.

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Pushing the Envelope of Progress

By Chris Delatorre As the first anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges approaches, it’s a good time to recap a few developments that show continued progress since last June. In 2015, Jim Obergefell received the inaugural LGBT Pioneer Award for his courage and […]

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Giving Voice and Visibility to Everyday LGBT Older People

On Thursday the Washington, D.C. Steering Committee of SAGE hosted its annual SAGE & Friends event, giving constituents an opportunity to engage individual and corporate donors, community partners, policy advocates and other SAGE supporters, in order to learn firsthand about […]

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Housing For Diverse Elders is a Public Health Issue

This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition on May 17th, 2016. Read the original post here. By Dr. Imani Woody Spring is here. The knockout rose bushes are in full bloom, the other flowers have begun to bloom in […]

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Annual Report: SAGE Seized Every Opportunity in 2015

2015 was a remarkable year for SAGE and LGBT older people because it presented unique opportunities to advance our agenda—and we seized every last one of them. Indeed, over the past twelve months we have repeatedly demonstrated the remarkable difference […]

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National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day: commemorating a lifetime of contributions made by LGBT older adults

At SAGE & Friends LA in April, social media legend and LGBT icon George Takei echoed SAGE’s sentiments toward LGBT elders when he said, “We have a great profound gratitude to you but also I feel that we have a […]

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Older and Bolder: Starting a second or third chapter? Think big!

The 2016 theme of Older Americans Month is “Blaze a Trail” and we can’t imagine a better way to celebrate then honoring the achievements of our LGBT elders. Stay tuned for a series of blog posts on SAGE’s trailblazers throughout […]

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Building LGBT Elder Housing: From Concept to Completion

By Serena Worthington  Registration is open for our final webinar in a five-part series on LGBT elder housing: FREE WEBINAR Building LGBT Elder Housing: From Concept to Completion June 2, 2016 2:00 pm EST Given the diversity of needs and […]

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SAGECare: Creating a More Welcoming Space for LGBT Elders

By Vera Lukacs SAGE is proud to announce the launch of SAGECare—a new training initiative for service providers led by a passionate and experienced team from SAGE. It offers cultural competency training to service providers who wish to join a […]

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Reducing Stress Among LGBT Older Adults

This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition on April 26th, 2016. Read the original post here. By Maria Glover Wallace April is National Stress Awareness Month and there is no better time for seniors to relax and recoup! Our LGBT […]

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Budgeting for Housing, Healthcare and Marriage Shouldn’t Be Scary

By Vera Lukacs LGBT older adults have unique financial concerns. Not only are they faced with economic uncertainty, but they face discrimination in housing and healthcare, and the prospect of marriage is still new for many. How can LGBT older […]

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Talk Before You Walk: Considerations for Older Couples Before Getting Married

When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Obergefell v. Hodges, the freedom to marry became the law of the land. This victory forever changed financial planning and legal relationships for LGBT families. Deciding to wed is an important step.What’s different and […]

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2016 Leaders of Tomorrow: Bruce Williams

This post originally appeared on Long-Term Living on April 19, 2016. Read the original post here. By Sharon Schnall Bruce Williams was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation as recently as 2012, but he’s working to make sure that becomes […]

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A New LGBTQ Victory Is a Victory for All of Us: The Social Security Administration Does the Right Thing

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on The Huffington Post blog on April 16, 2016. Read the original post here. By Nancy Altman Does the government work for us or against us? As the result of […]

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Advance directives are only a first step

This post originally appeared in The Virginian-Pilot on March 27, 2016. Read the original post here. By Kimberly Callinan Tomorrow, April 16th, is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The Diverse Elders Coalition encourages all of our elders, their families, and our communities […]

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Bringing LGBT Elders and Youth Together

By Vera Lukacs On April 15, students from all over the globe will take a vow of silence to raise awareness of bullying, discrimination and harassment against LGBT youth. GLSEN’s Day of Silence started in 1996 by Maria Pulzetti, a […]

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Financial Decision Making Tips for Elders

This post originally appeared on National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) on April 6th, 2016. Read the original post here.  By Christine Herman Making good financial decisions isn’t easy. Despite the fact that we gain knowledge over the course of […]

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Passages

This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition on April 7th, 2016. Read the original post here. by Harry Breaux, a member of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation‘s Elizabeth Taylor 50+ Network. Harry turned 71 on March 21, 2016. He is one of […]

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We Are the Voices of Change: Fighting Back North Carolina’s HB2

This post originally appeared on HuffPost Queer Voices on April 6th, 2016. Read the original post here. In a 12 hour special session on March 23rd, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 (HB2). Designed to overturn a Charlotte […]

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Accelerating Health Equity for Diverse Elders

This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition on April 4th, 2016. Read the original post here. April is National Minority Health Month! We join the US Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health in recognizing the health disparities that […]

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Financial Literacy: Tips and Tricks for LGBT Elders

By Vera Lukacs It’s critical for LGBT older adults to become more financially literate as they age. According to the SAGE report, Out and Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, Ages 45-75, nearly […]

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SAGEMatters Spring 2016: Our Stories, Our Voices

SAGEMatters Spring 2016: Our Stories, Our Voices SAGE is proud to lead the charge on behalf of LGBT older people, whose stories are most powerful when LGBT elders themselves tell them. In this issue you’ll hear an extraordinary array of […]

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Serena Worthington on the LGBT Aging Community Crisis

This post originally appeared on the Erickson Resource Group blog on March 28, 2016. Read the original post here. We are all aging. The demographics are shifting and resources are lacking to support our seniors. For the LGBT community, resources, […]

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LGBT and Faith-based Communities: On the Reconciliation of Sexuality and Spirituality

To commemorate Women’s History Month, SAGE highlights the inspiring work of Reverend Elder Darlene Garner and how faith intersects with her LGBT activism. By Vera Lukacs Darlene Garner is the first African-American woman to be elected on the Board of […]

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Getting In The Game at the 2016 Aging in America Conference

By Ben de Guzman This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition on March 25, 2016. Read the original post here. The Diverse Elders Coalition and its five member organizations had a large presence at this year’s Aging in America Conference, […]

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Kim Watson: A Fearless Advocate for the Trans Community

By Vera Lukacs Award-winning trans advocate Kim Watson’s inspirational work paves way for the LGBTQ community. In celebration of Women’s History Month, SAGE would like to bring attention to a particularly inspiring woman. Kim Watson is the co-founder of Community […]

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Dreaming At Any Age

by Marsha Aizumi. This article originally appeared in the Pacific Citizen. Almost five years ago I retired from a 13-year job that I loved. It was time. And it was also frightening. Work gave me purpose and a place to belong. […]

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Suicide and LGBTQ/SGL Older Adults

By Dr. Imani Woody This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition on March 20, 2016. Read the original post here. During Black History Month, Mary’s House for Older Adults, SAGE Metro DC, and AARP DC held a LGBTQ/SGL (same gender-loving) […]

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The 2016 Aging in America Conference: Bringing the Diverse Elders Coalition Together

By Ben de Guzman This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition on March 16, 2016. Read the original post here. Washington, DC, is a beautiful city this time of year. While we haven’t quite hit the peak time for the […]

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SAGEWorks: Helping Women Rejoin the Workforce

By Vera Lukacs As part of a larger effort to support and benefit LGBT older adults, SAGE held a special SAGEWorks event on March 16th to help those looking to rejoin the workforce. Panelists included Jason Rosenbaum (Thomson Reuters), Jens Audenaert […]

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Faith, Hope and Justice: A Conversation With Bishop Tonyia Rawls

Held in partnership with the Freedom Center for Social Justice, a day-long SAGE storytelling training in North Carolina recently convened LGBTQ activists, aging service providers, movement builders and faith leaders. SAGE’s Susan Herr sat down with Bishop Tonyia Rawls to talk about the social justice mission of the Freedom Center, founding a church, and becoming an elder in a community of faith.

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Engaging Volunteers in Grassroots Awareness Building

This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition on March 15th, 2016. Read the original post here. by Tim Johnston, Assistant Director of Social Enterprise and Training, and Sherrill Wayland, Manager of National Projects, at SAGE. Sometimes it feels like every time we […]

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Navajo Nation Leaders meet with the National Indian Council on Aging

This post originally appeared on Diverse Elders Coalition on March 13th, 2o16. Read the original post here. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Navajo Nation Leaders meet with the National Indian Council on Aging  Albuquerque, New Mexico – March 9, 2016 – It is […]

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

This DEC post, in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10th) comes from Maria Eugenia Lane of NHCOA.

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Remembering International Women’s Day

By Vera Lukacs In today’s world, women of all ages are largely overlooked, discouraged, and unsupported in accomplishing their goals. This is especially true in the LGBT older women’s community. It is critical that in the larger community we are […]

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SAGE Story: Diversifying Public Narratives on Aging

Stories this week include Gwendolyn in North Carolina, who discusses faith and how her relationship with God connects to members of the LGBT community, and Shelby in Pennsylvania, who shares her struggle with discrimination during her gender transition.

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The History & Future of the Black Trans Rights Movement

In honor of Black History Month, SAGE will be sharing a series of posts from partners and constituents sharing their stories. Vera Lukacs shares her experience from attending an event at the SAGE Center Midtown. On February 23rd, 2016, Jevon […]

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Creating a Florida Where All Elders Are Treated With Respect

On February 23rd, Serena Worthington, SAGE’s Director of National Field Initiatives, joined 75 LGBT elders and advocates in St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay for a special Town Hall sponsored by AARP, SAGE, the Equal Rights Center and Metro Wellness Community Center (home […]

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Supporting Diverse Older Women Seeking Jobs

In honor of Black History Month, SAGE will be sharing a series of posts from partners and constituents sharing their stories. SAGE’s partners at the Diverse Elders Coalition are pleased to present this guest post from Jenna McDavid, Communications and Logistics Associate, Diverse Elders Coalition. I remember reading this […]

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It’s Never Too Early To Start Retirement Planning…Is It?

In honor of Black History Month, SAGE will be sharing a series of posts from partners and constituents sharing their stories. SAGE’s partners at the Diverse Elders Coalition are pleased to present this guest post from Vega Subramaniam of Vega Mala Consulting. Sometimes I wonder if I’m […]

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The Time to Act is Now! United for Paid Family Leave

In honor of Black History Month, SAGE will be sharing a series of posts from partners and constituents sharing their stories. SAGE’s partners at the Diverse Elders Coalition and are pleased to present this guest post from Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on […]

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Remembering Our Seniors on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In honor of Black History Month, SAGE will be sharing a series of posts from partners and constituents sharing their stories. SAGE’s partners at the Diverse Elders Coalition and MetroWeekly are pleased to present this guest post from Earl D. Fowlkes, President/CEO of the Center for Black […]

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2016: A View of Hope

In honor of Black History Month, SAGE is publishing a series of posts from our diverse partners, constituents and allies. This post was originally published on the Diverse Elders Coalition’s blog. Dr. Imani Woody is the Chair and Program Executive […]

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Making Senior Housing Policy LGBT Friendly

SAGE and Enterprise Community Partners presents this introductory Fair Housing Webinar around LGBT issues. An expert panel introduces topics such as: What are the current protections for individuals with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity in housing? What are […]

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Rage Against the Dying of the Light: Aging from Diverse Perspectives

SAGE was proud to be presenting on a panel with our partners in the Diverse Elders Coalition at Creating Change, taking place last week in Chicago. The panel entitled, “Rage Against the Dying of the Light: Aging from Diverse Perspectives,” discussed the specific needs […]

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Join SAGE at Creating Change!

It’s that time of year again! CREATING CHANGE! Creating Change is an annual gathering of organizers and activists working to create a world in which sexual orientations and gender expressions will be welcomed and celebrated. SAGE will be there representing and […]

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The Secret to a Long Life

When the New York Times asked for videos that capture the secrets that adults over 85 had for living a long life, SAGE jumped in to action to ensure that LGBT older adults were featured.  In this compilation by the […]

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LGBT Older Adults Town Hall or the First Time I Visited Florida

I have a confession. Until last week, I had never been to Florida. As a West Coaster for much of my life, Florida was simply too far. My inaugural visit was to Fort Lauderdale and included: eating lots of tacos; […]

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Historic Convening on LGBT Aging

On Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, SAGE in collaboration with the Federal Administration for Community Living hosted a convening of consumers and influential stakeholders from state and local aging programs, the LGBT community and LGBT older adults, data and research experts, and […]

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By 2020, 70% of Those Living With HIV Will be 50 or Older

Did you know that 50% of those living with HIV are age 50 or older? By 2020, that number will grow to 70%. The latest national data show that adults 50 and older account for 17% of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses […]

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Caregiving: It’s a Family Affair

As I think about November being Family Caregiver month, I’m reminded about my own family caregiver journey and what started my work in support of LGBT older adult advocacy. In October of 2005, my mother-in-law came to live in St. […]

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TDOR: Honoring in Different Ways

Today is international Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a time when people all over the world unite in support of our transgender community and honor the memory of those murdered because of anti-transgender prejudice. If you’re in NYC and wish to […]

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Issues of Aging in the M2F Trans Community

In recognition of Transgender Awareness Week, SAGE and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will be highlighting one resource a day until Friday, November 20th which is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Today’s resource is actually a first-person […]

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Transgender Aging: What’s Different?

In recognition of Transgender Awareness Week, SAGE and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will be highlighting one resource a day until Friday, November 20th which is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Despite Caitlyn Jenner (66) coming forward […]

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Transgender Awareness Week: Looking at Sexual Violence in the Community

In recognition of Transgender Awareness Week, SAGE and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging will be highlighting one resource a day until Friday, November 20th which is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR honors the memory of those murdered […]

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An Honor to Serve Those Who Served Us

Nicole Kushner, Alpenglow Photography, on assignment for Out Front Colorado On this Veteran’s Day, SAGE would like to say “thank you” to all of our LGBT vets who served and are still serving in the military. In case you missed […]

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Connecting Across Generations

In honor of LGBT Elders Day, SAGE is highlighting Jay Kallio’s powerful story of working with young activists and battling cancer. Jay gained nationwide visibility in 2012 when he spoke out about navigating the healthcare system as a transgender man living with breast cancer. Now in the midst of a new battle, Jay talks about how a younger community of activists has connected him to newfound strength and courage.

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How Can We Help our LGBT Community Age Successfully?

A difficult question, but one that SAGE is determined to answer with our many resources and programs–including our innovative “Successful Aging” program. A quick check-in with Jerry Chasen, Director of Legacy Planning at SAGE and head of the program, shares the necessity of planning and being aware of our aging future. We asked Jerry a few questions before the TV premiere of “Gen Silent,” a powerful documentary that follows six LGBT elders as they navigate the hardships facing LGBT older adults. The film premieres Monday, November 9, at 9pm ET on Logo. Watch the trailer here and learn how you can help below.

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SAGEMatters Fall 2015: Blazing New Trails

The LGBT movement has had countless heroes. From activists who have graced magazine covers, to individuals who have shaped their world more quietly—simply by living authentically and visibly—each has propelled our movement forward in their own way. Many have been […]

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How Do Lack of Discrimination Protections Affect LGBT People & Their Families?

Yesterday at the Persad Center, SAGE, Equality PA and the Center for American Progress released a new series of videos telling the stories of how the lack of discrimination protections in Pennsylvania affects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people […]

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20th Annual SAGE Awards and Gala

On Monday, October 19, 2015, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) held its 20th Anniversary Awards & Gala at Gotham Hall in New York. The event raised over $750,000–a SAGE record–and served to recognize SAGE’s […]

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Making a Difference in LGBT Elder Housing

As part of our national, multi-year LGBT elder housing initiative, we are creating a series of webinars focusing on education, training, policy insights and services with Enterprise Community Partners.  These webinars are designed to appeal to service providers, policy makers, other LGBT and senior […]

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On National HIV/Aging Awareness Day: Alarming Statistics

From establishing America’s first HIV/AIDS support group for older adults, to igniting changes in national policy, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) leads the fight against this epidemic in the aging community.  On this National HIV/Aging Awareness Day, 50% […]

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Changing the Lives of One Lesbian Couple

Improving the lives of LGBT elders is what we at SAGE do every single day, but what does that actually mean?  In honor of Healthy Aging Month, we want to show how we help our elders age with dignity and […]

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Calamus Foundation of New York Awards $1 Million to Expand SAGE’s Nationwide LGBT Elder Housing Efforts

Making a major investment to advance anti-discrimination protections for the growing number of older LGBT Americans, The Calamus Foundation of New York has awarded SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) $1 million to expand its national LGBT Elder Housing […]

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Retirement Readiness: Unique Considerations for the LGBT Community

Tom Anderson, Author & Wealth Management Advisor “I don’t know, I’ll probably live to be about 70 or so.” This is the kind of answer I hear more often than not when I talk to members of the LGBT community […]

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WEBINAR: Expanding Housing and Services for LGBT Older People

Expanding Housing and Services for LGBT Older People 9/24/2015 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST Register Here Hosted by SAGE and Enterprise Community Partners, this free webinar features panelists who will discuss the topic of LGBT-friendly housing and strategies to expand […]

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Connecting the Dots Creates New Leadership

This post, written by SAGE Executive Director, Michael Adams, was originally featured on Gay City News on Augut 20, 2015.  Michael Adams, SAGE Executive Director After the Supreme Court’s decision for marriage equality in late June, 26 million friends of […]

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Why We Need Our Elders to Take the U.S. Trans Survey

Pony Knowles, SAGE Center Midtown Program Coordinator I was one of perhaps three trans people at the small liberal arts college I attended. One stayed stealth throughout all four years, and the other chose not to transition medically. I was […]

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Positive Momentum: Reflecting on Yesterday’s White House Conference on Aging

I’m excited to report that yesterday’s White House Conference on Aging included some major breakthroughs for SAGE and LGBT older people across the country. In recent months, SAGE has prepared diligently to ensure that LGBT voices would be heard at […]

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Taking Our Voices to Washington

How can we ensure that leaders in Washington, D.C. hear the voices of LGBT older people? While SAGE considers this question every day in its national advocacy work, today’s White House Conference on Aging is a particularly important moment to make […]

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Finding Fathers in Surprising Places

This essay was originally posted on June 17, 2015, in Nylon Magazine’s My World, My Words series. Special thanks to the author, Rae Angelo Tutera, for letting us republish it on our blog.   I had a friend named Lee, who […]

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“Go, get married! But before you do…”

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court decreed that marriage equality for LGBT people was a constitutional right. That night, in front of the iconic Stonewall Inn and hundreds of revelers, Edie Windsor, marriage equality heroine, teamed up with SAGE […]

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Heroes of Pride: Sally Ann Hay

Every summer, LGBT people across the country step out during Pride season to honor who we are, celebrate the progress we’ve made, and re-energize ourselves for the battles ahead. Yet in the midst of all the revelry and marching, older […]

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Training Housing Providers in LGBT Cultural Competency

We are excited to announce that there are a few spots available in our special housing webinar with Enterprise Community Partners on Thursday, June 25 from 2-3:30 PM EST. This webinar will provide an interactive introduction to the culture, needs, and concerns of […]

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“I’m Worthy of Any Job I Want”

SAGEWorks employment boot camps are two weeks long, a time commitment some people have trouble making because they don’t completely understand what they are signing up for. Problem solved. Here are three employment boot camp graduates who quickly explain exactly […]

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SAGE in the Pines!

On June 6, 2015, Dr. Ed Schulhafer hosted the 23rd Annual SAGE Fire Island Pines Celebration. The celebration marks the beginning of Pride Month in New York and was sponsored by Ketel One Vodka. SAGE honored DJ Lina, Walter & […]

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A New Partnership for SAGE Metro St. Louis

The right partners make us stronger–and SAGE Metro St. Louis has found a terrific one in PROMO Fund (the 501(c)3 Missouri Equality Organization). After a year and half of strategic planning, these two organizations are set to merge on July 1, 2015, creating a […]

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The easiest questions are the hardest, when you’re not prepared

  Hey Mary! Minneapolis worked for her, not for me. The easiest questions are the hardest, when you’re not prepared.   When I was looking for work recently, I was thrilled to secure an interview with an organization I really […]

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Loud and Clear: Making LGBT Voices Heard in the Conversation on Aging

As is the case in so many of our cultural conversations, LGBT perspectives have long been missing from the way we think and talk about aging. In preparation for this year’s White House Conference on Aging (a national event that […]

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Heroes of Pride: Alec Clayton

Every summer, LGBT people across the country step out during Pride season to honor who we are, celebrate the progress we’ve made, and re-energize ourselves for the battles ahead. Yet in the midst of all the revelry and marching, older […]

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How Do We Take Care of Our Own?

As SAGE’s Director of Legacy Planning, I shape our efforts around planned giving. Generally speaking, these are contributions made as part of a larger individual strategy like drawing up a will, selling a business, or reducing taxes (ergo, a “planned […]

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Pride! Work can suck it out of you…or fill you with it!

Not every boss will be as nice! Flashback to springtime, 2009: I’m standing in a conference room in downtown Chicago, stupid from Vicodin while my boss hurls wadded up paper at my head, over and over again. That was a […]

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Heroes of Pride: Katherine Palmer

Every summer, LGBT people across the country step out during Pride season to honor who we are, celebrate the progress we’ve made, and re-energize ourselves for the battles ahead. Yet in the midst of all the revelry and marching, older […]

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SAGE Wins Three 2015 Communicator Awards!

SAGE is proud to announce that it has received three 2015 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA)! The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, […]

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Let’s Talk About Housing!

Where would you be without safe, secure housing? What if you couldn’t truly be yourself at home, fearing judgement or even abuse? How would you feel in the face of impending eviction? Many LGBT older people are faced with these […]

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Nothing Good Ever Comes From Speaking in Elevators

From banking to caregiving, it’s better to listen in order to get the job. In the elevator last week on my way to a SAGEWorks workshop, How to Seek Employment within the Banking & Financial Industry, I noticed an elegant, […]

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The High Cost of Not Being Authentic

Lying about who you are at work costs both money and happiness. It’s true. Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, spoke at the conference about the importance of sleep and reducing stress at work. Earlier this month […]

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Keys to Successful Aging

Like many New Yorkers in my generation, I’ve “grown up” reading Jane Brody’s Personal Health column in The New York Times.  So it’s no surprise to me that some of the most useful information I may come across about navigating […]

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Time For New York to Support Those Giving Care

This was authored by Linda B. Rosenthal and Michael Adams and originally featured in Gay City News on May 15, 2015. Click here to read the original article. When New Yorkers go home from the hospital, the health care system […]

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Quick Chat: How to Be a Trans Ally

Our monthly “Quick Chats” with SAGE participants, volunteers and staff offers a first-person perspective on our community. This month, we spoke with Monica Pedone, a facilitator of our successful “How to Be a Trans Ally” workshop. The monthly gatherings are […]

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Employment Boot Camp Gets Emotional

The SAGEWorks May Boot Camp Team Towards the end of the ten-day SAGEWorks employment boot camp, I joined the 20 participants so I could hear and share their stories. I was expecting everyone to tell me how they will now […]

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Get Into the Act

This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is “Get into the Act.” Although unintended, the theme made me think of how often LGBT older adults have had to “act” throughout their lives – whether it was living in the closet […]

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Can a Job Search be Gay?

No. It can only be effective or ineffective. Before attending a SAGEWorks workshop on April 8, The Soul Search before the Job Search, I was curious how career advice in a LGBT-welcoming and inclusive environment would be different. It’s not. […]

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Retirement Shouldn’t Be a Disappearing Act

One of this month’s Successful Aging lessons is “Stay Involved.” It makes sense that it’s offered as part of our theme of “Legacy”—as the lesson says, “Reaching a certain age or retiring from work is no reason to stop advocating for […]

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A Focus on Older Couples in Arguments on Marriage Equality

SAGE was particularly gratified, during yesterday’s historic Supreme Court arguments on marriage equality, to hear several Justices repeatedly refer to the importance of marriage to older couples, while the Justices questioned the attorneys arguing the marriage cases. As SAGE pointed […]

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Why Marriage Equality Matters for LGBT Older Adults

Many don’t know that same-sex spouses in non-marriage states still don’t qualify for all the same federal benefits that their different sex counterparts enjoy, simply because they are married to someone of the same sex.  This is an issue that […]

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Honoring Our Volunteers: Jarret and Brian

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? In honor of our wonderful volunteers, SAGE will be asking a few of them some questions about what they do for our members!  For the past few Fridays in April, we featured […]

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Learn How to Provide LGBT Programming for Older Adults

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has trained thousands of service providers on how to create LGBT welcoming and inclusive spaces. Offering programs that address the needs and interests of LGBT older people is one concrete step that service […]

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Honoring Our Volunteers: Kyla Knight

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? In honor of our extraordinary volunteers, SAGE will be asking a few of them some questions about what they do for our members!  Visit the blog on Fridays throughout the month of […]

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Why National Healthcare Decisions Day Matters for LGBT People

It’s National Healthcare Decisions Day! A day where folks are encouraged to think about their future and examine important end-of-life documents. Have you put your end-of-life decisions in writing? Do you have a living will? Do you have a health […]

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How to Collect Data on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging created the Inclusive Questions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to offer practitioners tips and guidance on how to ask older adults questions related […]

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Honoring Our Volunteers: Jeff and Tess

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? In honor of our extraordinary volunteers, SAGE will be asking a few of them some questions about what they do for our members!  Visit the blog on Fridays throughout the month of […]

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Announcing the Grand Prize Winner of the LGBT Healthy Aging Contest!

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and the National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Senior Centers are proud to announce the winners of our 2015 Healthy LGBT Aging Photo Contest! It was a tough job choosing the winners from […]

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Creating Age-Friendly LGBT Centers

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging heard from LGBT centers across the country that they needed some practical tips on ways that they could make their centers and services available, accessible and welcoming to older adults. With that, we […]

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National Volunteer Month: Honoring Our Volunteers

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? In honor of our extraordinary volunteers, SAGE will be asking a few of them some questions about what they do for our members!  Visit the blog on Fridays throughout the month […]

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Highlighting our National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging created the Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Creating Welcoming Agencies after hearing from trainers and providers across the country that they needed a take-home tool to help them to […]

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Aging in America Conference: SAGE Staff Roundup

SAGE staffers at the American Society on Aging’s 2015 Aging in America Conference gave us their insights all through the week of the conference. Today marks a recap from a few staffers of their experience. See you next year at Aging in […]

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Successful Aging: Preparation

One of the themes In SAGE’s Successful Aging program is “Preparation.” We define the term as: “Doing what you can, when you can, in advance of and addressing aging related contingencies.” This naturally includes completing wills and all the other […]

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Day 5: What a Week!

SAGE staffers at the American Society on Aging’s 2015 Aging in America Conference will be reporting back to us all week with their views on the conference, panels they are participating in, innovative strides in the field of aging, ideas they are […]

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Day 4: Great Workshops and Progress at ASA

SAGE staffers at the American Society on Aging’s 2015 Aging in America Conference will be reporting back to us all week with their views on the conference, panels they are participating in, innovative strides in the field of aging, ideas they are […]

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Day 3: A Great Start at ASA

SAGE staffers at the American Society on Aging’s 2015 Aging in America Conference will be reporting back to us all week with their views on the conference, panels they are participating in, innovative strides in the field of aging, ideas they are […]

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National LGBT Health Awareness Week: Time to Come Together

This week marks the start of the 13th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week! As part of the LGBT State Exchanges Project at the Center for American Progress, SAGE is pleased to be a part of “Time to Come Together: Trust. Transparency. […]

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Day 2: SAGE at AIA

SAGE staffers at the American Society on Aging’s 2015 Aging in America Conference will be reporting back to us all week with their views on the conference, panels they are participating in, innovative strides in the field of aging, ideas they are […]

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Day 1: Hello Snowy Chicago!

SAGE staffers at the American Society on Aging’s 2015 Aging in America Conference will be reporting back to us all week with their views on the conference, panels they are participating in, innovative strides in the field of aging, ideas […]

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SAGE Brings LGBT & HIV Aging to the 2015 Aging in America Conference

Today’s post is from Serena Worthington, Director of National Field Initiatives. Keep up with her conference activities @SerenaWorthy. Today marks the start of American Society on Aging’s 2015 Aging in America Conference, the nation’s largest aging conference where “Over 2,500 attendees…learn, […]

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SAGE and Aging Organizations Brief Supreme Court on Why Elders Need Marriage Equality

SAGE, with the assistance of Jack Nadler as the lead lawyer from the firm Squire Patton Boggs, recently filed an amicus brief (friend of the court brief) related to the upcoming marriage cases that the Supreme Court will hear on April 28, 2015. SAGE filed the […]

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Celebrating the Launch of the SAGE-GRIOT Innovative Senior Center of Brooklyn

Yesterday SAGE celebrated the launch of the SAGE-GRIOT Innovative Senior Center of Brooklyn, a new partnership with GRIOT Circle. The partnership is part of a citywide expansion of services for LGBT older adults funded by the New York City Council.  SAGE […]

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A Quick Chat With SAGE Participant Brenda Culhane

Our monthly “Quick Chats” with SAGE participants offer a first-person perspective on our community.  This month, we spoke Brenda Culhane, a 74-year-old lesbian and SAGE participant in Portland, Oregon. Brenda came out a bit later than some, at age 39, […]

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A Response to “It’s Never Too Late To Make a Change”

This blog post was written by SAGE’s Executive Director, Michael Adams, as a response to “It’s Never Too Late To Make a Change,” a New York Times article focusing on transgender aging.  As “It’s Never Too Late To Make a Change,” […]

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“I love being myself, but society didn’t.”

SAGE Story is our national digital storytelling program for LGBT older adults that focuses on storytelling as a way to diversify the public narratives on aging, long-term care and LGBT rights. Through the generous support of the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, SAGE […]

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Historic Day for LGBT Elders? We’ll see!

Written by Barbara Satin, Assistant Faith Work Director, National LGBTQ Task Force, this post was originally featured on The National LGBTQ Task Force blog on March 3, 2015. Walking into the Eisenhower Office Building in the White House complex on February […]

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An Ounce of Prevention: The Truth About Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Accessing healthcare is complicated for many people, but LGBT older adults face a specific set of concerns and challenges. For example, according to SAGE’s new report, Out & Visible, 40% of LGBT people in their 60’s and 70’s say their healthcare providers […]

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“I am not anywhere near as out as I used to be”

SAGE Story is our national digital storytelling program for LGBT older adults that focuses on storytelling as a way to diversify the public narratives on aging, long-term care and LGBT rights. Through the generous support of the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, SAGE […]

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“I Began to Realize the Possible Consequences of Being Outed”

SAGE Story is our national digital storytelling program for LGBT older adults that focuses on storytelling as a way to diversify the public narratives on aging, long-term care and LGBT rights. Through the generous support of the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, SAGE […]

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Sounds of Conversation: Bringing Together Our LGBT Older Adults & Youth

In honor of Black History Month, SAGE presents “Sounds of Conversation,” a video featuring voices of SAGE Harlem Center participants and youth from community partners, The Ali Forney Center and the Center Youth. These groups all took part in an Intergenerational […]

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LBT Cancer Support Group and Wellness Workshops

LCI coordinator, Cristina Moldow, with Marjorie Fein, facilitator of the 1st wellness workshop. Lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people (LBT) face unique challenges after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Studies have shown that lower rates of health insurance, fear of discrimination, […]

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SAGE Story: Talking About Discrimination

SAGE Story is our national digital storytelling program for LGBT older adults that focuses on storytelling as a way to diversify the public narratives on aging, long-term care and LGBT rights. Through the generous support of the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, SAGE […]

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Taking our Housing Initiative to The White House

As the number of Americans age 65 and older surges over the next few decades, the number of LGBT older adults is estimated to double to 3 million by 2030. By this year – 2015 – one in two individuals […]

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SAGE’s Statement on the OAA Reauthorization

While SAGE is deeply disappointed that amendments to make the Older Americans Act (OAA) LGBT-inclusive are not advancing in the new session of Congress, we nonetheless support the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee’s decision to move […]

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A Quick Chat With SAGE Participant Sheila Slaughter

Our monthly “Quick Chats” with SAGE participants offer a first-person perspective on our community.  This month, we spoke with Sheila Slaughter, a 51-year-old bisexual New Jersey resident and participant in our SAGEWorks employment program. Because workforce discrimination can begin as […]

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The Official Launch of Our National Housing Initiative

Our new national LGBT older adult housing initiative is up and running! On February third we welcomed housing leaders from across the country for a panel discussion launching a five-part strategy to alleviate the housing crisis impacting LGBT older people […]

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Triumphs of Experience

Many of our SAGE supporters have asked to be kept up on information related to Successful Aging.  We recently alerted them to the publication of Triumphs of Experience, a book by the head of the Grant Study of Adult Development […]

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A Conversation with Newlyweds and SAGE Tulsa Participants Ray and Eduardo

It’s never too late to celebrate love! After more than a decade together, SAGE Participants Ray Mahoney, 66, and  his partner Eduardo Saurez, who is 86, were married on October 12, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.   Eduardo Saurez, Serena Worthington, SAGE’s […]

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A Home for Our Community in the Bronx

On January 14, SAGE opened the doors to its new Center for LGBT older adults in the Bronx. With hot lunches, a cyber cafe, health and educational programs and more, SAGE Center Bronx promises to be a lively, warm and […]

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Creating Change 2015: Advancing an LGBT Agenda

Today’s post is from Serena Worthington, Director of National Field Initiatives. Follow her on Twitter. SAGE Staff are looking forward to a robust and energizing Creating Change conference in Denver February 4-8. Creating Change, hosted by the National LGBTQ Task Force, is […]

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We’re Hosting a Free Webinar on Out & Visible

This fall, SAGE released Out and Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, Ages 45-75. Based on groundbreaking market research on LGBT older adults, the report examines the values, needs, wants and lifestyle preferences […]

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HIV/AIDS is Still an Issue for Older Gay Black Men

In honor of Black History Month, the SAGE Blog will feature a post on LGBT aging in the black community every Thursday during the month of February. February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, so our first post in the series […]

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