SAGE: Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
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Federal Programs

SAGE’s federal advocacy ensures that the unique needs of LGBT older adults are addressed in Congress and throughout the federal government. We coordinate gatherings of policymakers, release original policy analysis and publications, and work with leaders in the aging field and the LGBT rights movement to ensure that policymakers remain responsive to our issues. We also help lead important coalitions that integrate diverse elders into the policy agenda.

The Issues

From the Older Americans Act to HIV and aging, from cultural competency to housing, and much more, a variety of issues uniquely affect LGBT elders. Learn about our lives.

Our Priorities





Partnership and Coalitions

SAGE is part of numerous partnerships and coalitions that help advance our policy priorities for LGBT elders. We are the only LGBT organization on the influential Leadership Council of Aging Organizations; a founding member of the Diverse Elders Coalition; the lead on the National LGBT Aging Roundtable; and a member of the New Beginning Initiative, led by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the National Coalition for LGBT Health. Additionally, our partnerships with groups such as the National Academy on an Aging Society, the Movement Advancement Project, the Center for American Progress, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Williams Institute, among others, have helped us produce critical policy reports on our issues. Read our many policy publications.

Our Multi-State Advocacy

SAGE supports our affiliates in leading advocacy at the local and state levels, across a range of policy concerns important to LGBT elders in their communities. Additionally, we coordinate national initiatives that work across multiple states, such as the Spousal Impoverishment Protections Initiative. Learn about spousal impoverishment.

Our Supporters

SAGE would like to thank the following foundations for their generous support of our advocacy efforts: the Arcus Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the David Bohnett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Gill Foundation and MAC AIDS Fund. Read more about SAGE's other supporters.

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