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For Immediate Release

July 13, 2010

SAGE Announces New Director of Community Advocacy and Capacity-Building: Serena Worthington

Highly respected LGBT aging advocate to head, from Chicago, SAGE's national program of SAGE affiliates and organizational networks

[New York, NY] Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults, announced today that Serena Worthington will join SAGE as its new Director of Community Advocacy and Capacity-Building.

Worthington will lead SAGENet, SAGE's national program of affiliates across the country that provide critical services to LGBT older adults. She will also work with local, state and federal groups nationwide to continue coordinating a federal policy agenda on LGBT aging and ensure that LGBT elders have the platforms to advocate on their own behalf.

"As a former director of a SAGE affiliate, I have been privileged to participate in the regional and national policy work that SAGE spearheads and have seen firsthand the incredible gains that SAGE and its affiliates have made," said Worthington. "I am thrilled and honored to join SAGE."

Worthington comes to SAGE from the Center on Halsted, Chicago's LGBT community center, where she served as its senior director of public programs and led a variety of community and cultural programs for thousands of LGBT people throughout Chicago.

Prior to her current position, Worthington was the founding director of the SAGE Center on Halsted, where she grew the program from 20 to 700 participants, and from four programs a month to 40. She helped the Center on Halsted procure a $475,000 federal appropriation for its work with LGBT elders.

"We are thrilled that Serena Worthington is bringing her formidable experience, leadership and track record on LGBT aging to SAGE's national work," said SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams. "As a founding director of a SAGE affiliate, and as a senior director of a flagship LGBT community center, Serena's accomplishments and insights will be a powerful support for other leaders across the country who are transforming their communities for LGBT elders."

Worthington will be based in Chicago, which will provide a critical regional perspective to SAGE's growing national focus. For Adams, it's a reminder of how far SAGE has come since SAGE Center on Halsted was established less than four years ago.

"SAGE Center on Halsted was the first new affiliate to join the revitalized SAGE affiliate network, SAGENet, said Adams. "Four years later, SAGENet has flourished to 16 SAGE affiliates around the country—with more on the way."

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 advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, 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 located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at

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