SAGE Partners with StoryCorps to Record and Share the Stories of LGBT Older People Nationwide
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Over the past decade, StoryCorps has collected more than 50,000 interviews, archiving these recordings at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and broadcasting selections on NPR.
Over the next year, SAGE and its local affiliates around the country will work with StoryCorps to record stories at their locations in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco, as well as through a traveling “MobileBooth” that will visit towns and cities in Alabama, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Additionally, SAGE and StoryCorps recently coordinated a daylong taping at The SAGE Center in NYC and are planning another with the SAGE Harlem program. Many of the audio stories collected in the next 12 months will be featured on SAGE’s website, as part of its SAGE Story program.
“SAGE and StoryCorps share a passion for the extraordinary lives and creativity of LGBT people, including LGBT older adults,” said Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE. “SAGE participants have incredible stories of resilience, resistance and celebration to share with the world. We’re excited to partner with StoryCorps for its OutLoud project, which will make these important stories more visible.”
SAGE has been engaging and advocating for LGBT older adults since 1978. Through SAGENet, its national affiliate program, SAGE reaches beyond its national headquarters in New York City to support LGBT older people in 26 cities and towns throughout the United States. Its federal program has made remarkable strides for LGBT older people, and its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has trained thousands of professionals on LGBT cultural competence. In early 2012, SAGE opened the country’s first innovative LGBT senior center in New York City, The SAGE Center, inspiring LGBT advocates nationwide.
In January 2013, SAGE launched SAGE Story, a national digital storytelling, advocacy and anti-isolation program. SAGE Story strives to equip LGBT older people around the country with the skills to tell their life stories in various digital formats—and to share those stories with media outlets and national social change campaigns.
The program has since expanded to seven sites around the country, including three sites in North Carolina that are partnering with statewide LGBT advocates on educating about the importance of non-discrimination protections. SAGE will launch a similar effort this year in Pennsylvania.
Additionally, SAGE Story has gathered stories through national story campaigns and partnerships, including a partnership with Freedom to Marry to collect stories related to marriage equality in the months leading up to the SCOTUS decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.
In March 2014, a SAGE story told by Charles Fattone was broadcast nationallyby the acclaimed storytelling program, The Moth.
Most recently, SAGE Story premiered an online display of SAGE stories of older people describing the ways in which community and isolation shape their lives—an online resource made possible by support from the AARP Foundation.
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books that are New York Times best sellers: Listening Is an Act of Love, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps. Our fourth book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, was released in October 2013.
About StoryCorps OutLoud
StoryCorps recognizes the profound historical importance of capturing the stories of the LGBTQ community, and the urgent need for this work to happen now. StoryCorps OutLoud is a multi-year initiative dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing LGBTQ stories from across America.
OutLoud will honor the stories of those who lived before the 1969 Stonewall uprisings, celebrate the lives of LGBTQ youth, and amplify the voices most often excluded from the historical record. The end result will be a diverse collection of stories that will enrich our nation's history.
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City and Washington, DC and additional staff in Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 26 local SAGE affiliates in 19 states and the District of Columbia.