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June 21, 2017

SAGE Declares Partial Win on Elder Erasure; Condemns Trump Administration for Continued Trans Exclusion

[New York, NY] In March, SAGE announced a nationwide effort to oppose the Trump administration’s proposed erasure of LGBT elders from a major federal aging survey, which measures the degree to which key federally funding aging programs like Meals on Wheels are reaching the older adults who most need them. Thousands of people commented and told the administration that LGBT elders would “not be invisible.” Today, SAGE declares a victory on getting a question pertaining to sexual orientation back into this survey – the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). 

While SAGE celebrates this achievement, we condemn the Trump administration’s continued removal of gender identity from the 2017 survey. All of our elders, including our trans elders, must be counted. SAGE refuses to let trans older adults, or any of the elders who are part of our community, be invisible. 

"Thousands of LGBT elders and their allies forced the Trump administration to reverse course on their discriminatory plans," said SAGE CEO Michael Adams. "But if the administration thinks that with this partial victory SAGE will now abandon trans elders, it's in for a big surprise."

In the next 30-day comment period, SAGE will continue to fight to have all LGBT elders included in this survey. We must not back down. The Trump Administration wants to pretend that transgender elders do not exist, but we won’t let them.  

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