This Pride, SAGE honors LGBT elders for their strength and resilience throughout the LGBT movement.[New York, NY] SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, is celebrating this Pride season by honoring the collective strength of LGBT pioneers who are and continue to be, at the core of the LGBT movement. The LGBT community’s inspiring display of strength and resilience is built on decades of LGBT people and allies joining together to overcome discrimination – efforts that, 50 years later, continue through fierce advocacy for policy change, like passing the Equality Act. To pay tribute to prominent leaders in the LGBT community, SAGE will highlight stories of LGBT elders and allies from across the country all month long through its SAGEStrong campaign.
From a series of virtual programs to nationwide broadcasts, SAGEStrong will showcase communities of strength and create a safe, festive space for elders, community members, and allies to honor Pride Month. The past year has tested our collective adaptability, compassion, and strength. But this was not LGBT elders’ first pandemic, nor was it the first time they had to join together to support one another through hard times. Their resilience deserves to be celebrated.
“Every year, Pride Month is an opportunity to show our gratitude and respect for all the work older LGBT people have done for the LGBT community. Pride this year is all about celebrating the way our community stands on the strength of our LGBT elder pioneers,” said Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE. “SAGEStrong is a reminder that these inspiring leaders are still showing up today, resilient as ever, to stand together and show that LGBT elders refuse to be invisible, especially during Pride.”
In celebration of Pride, SAGE is a grateful beneficiary of Procter & Gamble Co. and iHeartMedia’s “Can’t Cancel Pride,” a virtual concert for the LGBT community celebrating the spirit of our community. Tune in on June 4 at 9 p.m. EST to see performances from some of the biggest names in culture and entertainment and appearances from the most influential voices in the community. Can’t Cancel Pride will be available to stream on SAGE’s Facebook page.
Join the SAGEStrong celebration with a variety of additional Pride activities. Learn more and continue to check back as SAGE updates its Pride calendar with additional events here.
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT elders, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT community organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competency training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE also coordinates SAGENet, a growing network of affiliates in the United States. Learn more at sageusa.org.