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12.21.2014
For Immediate Release


September 17, 2013

SAGE Mourns Ever Orozco, 69-Year-Old Man Killed in Anti-LGBT Attack in Jackson Heights, NY

[New York, NY] Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) expressed sadness and outrage that Ever Orozco, a 69-year-old man, has died following an alleged anti-LGBT attack in Jackson Heights, NY. (Read the news report here.) The attacker, 22-year-old Steven Torres, reportedly told police that he attacked Orozco because he believed the older man was gay. This is the third reported instance of an anti-LGBT homicide in New York City this year, and the first of an older person. Torres has been charged with murder as a hate crime, and is also being charged in another anti-LGBT attack against a 47-year-old man that occurred last week.

Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE, said, “I am outraged and heartbroken about the murder of Ever Orozco. Any instance of violence motivated by hatred against LGBT people is shameful, and even more so when directed at the most vulnerable members of our community. No one who is LGBT, including our elders, should live in fear of being attacked or losing their life simply for being who they are.”

SAGE offers community, support and safe spaces for LGBT older New Yorkers through The SAGE Center; call 212-741-2247 for more information. SAGE is a proud community partner of the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), which is organizing a Community Safety Night on Friday, September 20, 2013 in Jackson Heights, NY.  Visit facebook.com/sageusa for more information.

In addition, AVP offers a free and confidential 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141, where callers can report any instances of violence they have witnessed, and speak with a trained counselor for support. Violence can also be reported anonymously online at avp.org/get-help/report-violence.


SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 27 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org

Media Inquiries

Kira Garcia
Director of Media Relations & Integrated Marketing
212-741-2247 x237
kgarcia@sageusa.org

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