SAGE Welcomes Former West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath and LGBT Rights Lawyer William E. Weinberger to its Board of Directors
SAGE expands its presence in California, and continues its national commitment to building a geographically diverse Board of Directors.
"SAGE is pleased to welcome Lindsey and Bill to our Board of Directors," said SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams. "Los Angeles is home to a robust and thriving LGBT community that includes a growing population of LGBT elders. Lindsey and Bill are both committed to equity for all LGBT older people, and bring a much-needed Los Angeles perspective to our national work."
Los Angeles currently offers a number of resources to LGBT older adults, including the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. The Center has been a staple in the community since 1971, and its Seniors Services department strives to support and enrich the lives of LGBT people 50 years and older, with an overarching goal of successful aging in place. In this effort, the department provides a broad array of social, educational and support services to LGBT seniors and Baby Boomers, all of which are free or low-cost.
Lorri L. Jean, Chief Executive Officer of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, said, "Congratulations to SAGE for recruiting two highly qualified Angelenos to help advance SAGE's vitally important work. SAGE's national advocacy and training on LGBT aging benefit all of us. I look forward to a continuing collaboration in pursuit of making the world a better place for LGBT seniors."
Los Angeles is also the site of Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH), the developer of Triangle Square – Hollywood, the nation's first affordable housing development that specifically addresses the unique needs of LGBT, low-income elders, including those living at or below poverty. GLEH has established an affordable housing and social service delivery model that is paving the way for an innovative method of addressing the need for permanent low-income housing, combined with social services that are culturally sensitive and accessible, for some of the most vulnerable members of our society.
"Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing is thrilled to see two distinguished Los Angeles-based professionals appointed to the national SAGE Board that will allow us to continue to expand our voice on a national level for the LGBT elders in all our communities," said Mark Supper, Executive Director of GLEH. "Congratulations and we are looking forward to working with SAGE, Lindsey and Bill."
About Lindsey Horvath and William E. Weinberger
Lindsey Horvath, SAGE Board Member, is an Entertainment Advertising Executive at Cold Open, and served on the West Hollywood City Council from May 2009 to March 2011. Recently, she was appointed to serve as an At-Large Commissioner for the West Hollywood Transportation Commission and Commissioner for the Redistricting of L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD). She is a resident of West Hollywood and has been a community leader on a variety of issues. Horvath is the current President Emeritus of the National Organization for Women, Hollywood Chapter; Partner with the Truman National Security Project; Alternate Delegate for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party; Community Council Member for the Center for Young Women's Health at Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Communications Vice President for Stonewall Democratic Club; Board Member for the Victory Campaign Board; Board Member of the West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club; Advocate for A Window Between Worlds; Board Member of the Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project; Board Member of Women Against Gun Violence; former Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Library Commission; former President of the National Women's Political Caucus, NWPC-LA Westside; and former chair of the City of West Hollywood's Women's Advisory Board. Horvath was honored as the Los Angeles County Democratic Party's Woman Democrat of the Year in 2010, and as the 2009 Democrat of the Year by the Los Angeles County Young Democrats. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in Political Science and Gender Studies, graduating with Honors. About joining the Board, Horvath said, "I'm thrilled to be among the newest Board Members for SAGE. We are on the precipice of a crisis in services available for our aging populations. The critical work that SAGE does is essential to guaranteeing that our aging LGBT population will receive the care and support they need, and to ensuring that we continue to build age-friendly communities for all."
William E. Weinberger, SAGE Board Member, is a shareholder at the Los Angeles law firm Parker, Milliken, Clark, O'Hara & Samuelian, specializing in complex business and real estate litigation, and employment law. Weinberger has long been involved in LGBT community work, including as a former board member and treasurer of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, for which he also was President. A founder of the National LGBT Bar Association, Weinberger also served as co-chair of its Board, and he has represented clients in LGBT rights cases as a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Southern California and Lambda Legal. Weinberger was elected to and served for two years on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission, and as a Commissioner on the California Law Revision Commission, to which he was appointed by California's governor. Weinberger received his J.D. at Stanford Law School, where he served as Senior Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law and Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review. He received his B.A. in French and American Studies from Cornell University, where he graduated with distinction. He lives in Los Angeles with his spouse, Danny, and their son, Kevin. About participating in SAGE, Weinberger said, "I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the SAGE Board and look forward to helping an organization that provides advocacy and services for people that can find themselves vulnerable in years in which they should feel comfortable and cared for."
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.