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For Immediate Release

November 7, 2013

Los Angeles Attorney William Weinberger Appointed Co-Chair of the National Board of Directors of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Weinberger, partner in the law firm Parker Milliken Clark O’Hara & Samuelian, is the first SAGE Board member from Los Angeles, CA.

[New York, NY] Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) announced today that William E. Weinberger, partner in the law firm Parker Milliken Clark O’Hara & Samuelian and longtime LGBT advocate, was appointed as the new Co-Chair of SAGE’s national Board of Directors. Weinberger, the first SAGE Board member from Los Angeles, California, leads SAGE’s national Board alongside Roz Richter, New York State Supreme Court judge. SAGE is the country’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults, and recently unveiled a three-year strategic plan to build on its past successes and address ongoing challenges facing LGBT elders.

“I am thrilled that Bill is taking on the critically important role of co-chair of SAGE’s Board of Directors as we launch a new strategic plan and the next chapter of our work on behalf of LGBT older adults,” said Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE. “With his longstanding dedication to the LGBT community, Bill is well positioned to build on the outstanding groundwork laid by outgoing Co-Chair David Canter, and help SAGE further advance its mission to improve the quality of life of LGBT older people nationwide.”

“Since his appointment to the Board, Bill has provided SAGE with insights and wisdom gleaned from his many years of work with LGBT organizations, as well as a valuable perspective about how the needs of LGBT older people vary from community to community,” said Roz Richter, Co-Chair of SAGE’s Board of Directors. “I am honored to serve alongside him to continue building a nationwide Board of Directors that can help bring LGBT aging issues to greater prominence.”

Weinberger is a former board member and treasurer of GLAAD. He also served on the board of 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 said, “I am excited and honored to help lead SAGE’s efforts at this pivotal moment in the organization’s history, as it transitions from the successful completion of an ambitious five-year strategic plan to a new three-year plan that promises to change the aging landscape for LGBT older people nationwide. Together, we will work to ensure the health and well-being of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Dr. Charles Middleton, President of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, was appointed Board Treasurer. Jerry Chasen, an attorney and life coach in Miami, Florida, will serve on the Board’s Executive Committee as Development Committee Chair. Pat Wiley, longtime SAGE Board Member and financial planning and human resources expert, continues as Secretary. SAGE also appointed two new members to the Board, Wally Patawaran, MPH, Program Officer at the Hartford Foundation, and Jason Young, partner in the Americas Banking & Finance practice of Clifford Chance in New York. 

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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