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10.22.2014
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SAGE Story: Cheryl & Elizabeth
SAGE Wilmington of the Cape Fear Coast, North Carolina
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Cheryl and Elizabeth tell of how they met and how their faith in religion, and each other, keep them connected.


SAGE Story: Debbie
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Debbie tells us how she conformed to fulfill society's expections because she knew that liking other girls wasn't acceptable and felt alone until she became an advocate for the AIDS movement


SAGE Story: Dawn
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Dawn tells of how she knew she didn't belong in her male body as a child and how she surpressed that by getting married twice and having children. Eventually, she lost everything and realized that she needed to embrace herself and was able to finally find acceptance and peace.


SAGE Story: Gwen
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Gwen shares her thoughts on coming out and how she alienated friends and her religious community for a long time.


SAGE Story: Frances
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Frances tells us how being a lesbian was difficult, but how she is now happy with her spouse and life.


SAGE Story: Brian
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Brian talks about growing up and coming out with respect and support by most of his family members, but how in college he had some difficulty with labeling.


SAGE Story: Barry
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Barry shares how he felt different growing up in the South because of his feelings for men and how he had to hide his sexuality.


SAGE Story: CJ
Charlotte, North Carolina
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CJ tells us how as the only living female in her family, she was expected to get married and have babies. She describes how she did get married, but it didn't work out and after a divorce, she was able to eventually come out.


SAGE Story: John
SAGE Raleigh, North Carolina
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Grieving and widowed after a 40-year heterosexual marriage, John finds himself not caring if he lived or died. His 26-month journey from suicidal and abusing alcohol to sober and happy to be alive is also a journey of bravery, friendship, community, and acceptance. As John (67) puts it, “the advantage of coming out late in life is that after knowing you for 40 years, people can’t reject you based on one new piece of information.”


SAGE Story: Thom
SAGE Raleigh, North Carolina
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Thom (71) learned that his uncle, a well-regarded professor and fellow veteran, was gay when Thom was 60 and his uncle was 80. Thom recalls that his uncle was fascinated by the idea that the day might come when gays could serve openly in the military.   

Years later, when his uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Thom arranged for 24-hour care. Thom always disclosed to the caretakers that both he and his uncle were gay and eight years passed without incident, that is until one caregiver decided that Thom’s uncle was “in jeopardy of his salvation.” What Thom learned in the investigation that followed is a harrowing example of how the people who care for our LGBT elders can do great harm and, conversely, how loving and accepting caregivers can save a man’s life. 


SAGE Story: John
SAGE Wilmington of the Cape Fear Coast, North Carolina
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John talks about his children and how they are very important to him. Both his daughter and son accepted his coming out as a gay man when he was 40 (John was 64 at the time of filming in December of 2013) and are still very supportive.


SAGE Story: Ken
SAGE Wilmington of the Cape Fear Coast, North Carolina
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Ken tells of how he and his partner became activists in the Wilmington community and started their own church to educate and accept all people -- LGBT and straight.


SAGE Story: Greg
SAGE Wilmington of the Cape Fear Coast, North Carolina
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Greg shares his story of coming out and losing his family, community and employment. Despite these setbacks, he found community in Wilmington, North Carolina and is building his own circle of family.


Ruth Debra from SAGE Golden Rainbow Center
Palm Springs, California
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Ruth Debra from the SAGE Golden Rainbow Center talks about the issues surrounding ageism at the 2010 SAGE National Constituent Conference.


Joanne Borden from SAGE Long Island
Bay Shore, New York
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Joanne Borden from SAGE Long Island talks about how she became an transgender advocate for purely selfish reasons at the 2010 SAGE National Constituent Conference.


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