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For Immediate Release


January 27, 2017

Here to Stay

SAGE Commits to Serving - Not Endangering - Diverse Communities

[New York, NY] SAGE stands against Executive Orders announced by the White House, whose implementation stigmatizes and endangers immigrants in this country, Muslims, and refugees fleeing persecution, will cost billions of taxpayer dollars, and is already redirecting public employees to pursue senseless and inhumane policies.

LGBT elders have lived long enough to know that government action that scapegoats one vulnerable community ends up hurting all communities and weakens our country. They know what it is like to be unjustly treated as if they don’t belong, to be perceived as a threat, and to be looked upon with scorn and derision. Here at SAGE, our elders remind us that through decades of anti-LGBT witch hunts, brutality, criminalization, and stigma – we stood firm, spoke out, and pushed forward. We are inspired by the courage of our LGBT elders in speaking out against the same kinds of injustices today.

Many LGBT elders are themselves immigrants and have families, families of choice and beloved caregivers who are immigrants. They know that this is no way to treat family and that these actions will corrode rather than serve our communities. We are a community with people of many backgrounds -- immigrants, refugees, people of all ethnicities, faiths, genders, sexual orientations, and gender identities. But we are united by shared values, including our commitment to diversity and equity and our belief that ultimately we will be measured by how we treat those who are most vulnerable, including our elders. These values, imparted by those who came before us, teach us that public funding and employees should be dedicated to addressing the needs of diverse elders and other vulnerable communities, not to stigmatizing and endangering people because of who they are or where they were born.

Today, SAGE applies the lessons learned from our elders, elevates their voices, and speaks out in favor of all who are unjustly threatened, stigmatized, and harmed by these Executive Orders. Rather than endangering immigrants, Muslims, and refugees, we call on our government to recognize and honor their contributions and their humanity, and to use the taxpayers’ resources to address community needs rather than corroding community values.

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at sageusa.org.

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Christina DaCosta
Assistant Director of Communications
917-553-3328
cdacosta@sageusa.org

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