Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to Receive Excellence in Aging Award from Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
The award, given by SAGE in partnership with The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, honors organizations and individuals committed to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults; award to be presented at the Creating Change conference in Baltimore, Maryland on January 27, 2012.
"SAGE is proud to honor Assistant Secretary Greenlee for her unswerving commitment to improve the quality of life for all older people, including LGBT elders across the country," said Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE. "This inclusive approach, which embraces LGBT older people as an important part of the nation's aging mosaic, cannot be taken for granted—in fact it is the essence of leadership. Assistant Secretary Greenlee's insistence on including LGBT older people in the U.S. Administration on Aging's vision for supporting those elders in greatest economic and social need is making a tremendous difference for the LGBT community all across the country. SAGE and our constituents are profoundly grateful."
The award will be presented by SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams at the 24th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Baltimore, MD on January 27, 2012 during the opening plenary, starting at 1:30 pm. Creating Change, organized by The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is the nation's pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBT social justice movement. For more information, visit www.CreatingChange.org.
"The Creating Change Conference on LGBT Equality has played a major role for 24 years in ensuring that LGBT advocates have the skills they need to move closer to justice and equality," said Assistant Secretary Greenlee. "I am pleased to accept the SAGE Advocacy Award for Excellence in Leadership on Aging Issues and look forward to discussing what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is doing to improve the lives of all LGBT individuals, including older adults."
Among Assistant Secretary Greenlee's accomplishments this year:
- In November, Assistant Secretary Greenlee spoke at a Congressional briefing on the current policy issues facing LGBT older adults across the country. The briefing was sponsored by the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, which is co-chaired by Congress members Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Barney Frank (D-MA), Jared Polis (D-CO) and David Cicilline (D-RI). About 50 to 75 leaders attended the event, representing Congress and a range of national and Washington, DC-based aging and LGBT nonprofits.
- In December, Assistant Secretary Greenlee delivered the closing remarks at the LGBT Elder Housing Summit, highlighting the vulnerability of LGBT elders who are in need of stable housing. The Summit, co-hosted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Administration on Aging, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, convened leaders in LGBT aging and community organizations to address existing barriers, as well as explore future possibilities to support housing and long-term care designed for LGBT elders.
- In the thirtieth year of the AIDS epidemic, Assistant Secretary Greenlee collaborated with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to sponsor a special webinar, "Positive Aging: HIV Turns 30," to address the growing numbers of older adults living with HIV/AIDS, and educating the Aging Network about HIV prevention and treatment specific to older adults. For more information, visit the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging at lgbtagingcenter.org.
Assistant Secretary Greenlee was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in June 2009. Prior to her work in the U.S. Administration on Aging, she served as Kansas' Secretary of Aging and State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Assistant Secretary Greenlee has also served on the National Association of State Units on Aging since 2008, and previously served as co-chair of the LGBT advocacy association Equality Kansas.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.