This Senior Center Was Designed for LGBTQ Elders

LGBTQ people are twice as likely to be single and four times less likely to have children, so becoming “gay and grey” can be a difficult and isolating process for most. That’s why SAGE, a senior center designed for LGBTQ+ elders, was created in 1978, said Steven Wilkinson, the director of SAGE Centers. “They really don’t have the support of their families or friends, so we’re here to provide that for them,” he said. Each New York City borough has a SAGE; the largest, in Midtown. More than 4,000 seniors participate in a wide variety of programs designed to help them feel engaged physically and mentally, experience comradery, and most importantly, be respected for who they are.

This article originally appeared in ABC-7 on July 9, 2019.