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May 3, 2012

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders Congratulates Obama Administration for Hosting the First White House LGBT Conference on Aging

The daylong conference features key Administration officials addressing critical issues related to health, housing and the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.

[Miami, FL] SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), the country's oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults, today commends the Obama Administration for organizing the first ever White House LGBT Conference on Aging. The conference, to be held on May 7 in Miami, Florida, is hosted by The White House Office of Public Engagement, in partnership with the University of Miami Center on Aging, and will feature presentations from key leaders in the aging and LGBT fields, including representatives from SAGE.

"SAGE is proud to play a leading role in the first-ever White House LGBT Conference on Aging," said Michael Adams, SAGE executive director and conference speaker. "I want to thank President Obama for his leadership and his administration's dedication to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. This support for those elders in greatest economic and social need is making a tremendous difference for the LGBT community all across the country. SAGE and its constituents nationwide are thrilled for this historic moment."

The White House LGBT Conference on Aging will take place at the University of Miami Clinical Research Building, 1120 NW 14th Street, Miami, Florida. Registration opens at 8:00 am, with opening remarks at 9:00 am. Conference speakers include Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development & Research, Department of Housing & Urban Development; and Kathy Greenlee, Administrator, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health & Human Services.

The White House LGBT Conference on Aging is part of a series of conferences that are being held around the country specifically focused on LGBT Americans. These White House LGBT Conferences will provide grassroots leaders, community organizers, advocates, students, and interested citizens an opportunity to hear directly from the administration officials on their efforts on behalf of LGBT Americans.

"In 2005, SAGE became the first official LGBT delegate to the White House Conference on Aging," said Aaron Tax, SAGE's Director of Federal Government Relations. "We are thrilled that today we are planning for a conference dedicated specifically to the unique challenges and resilience of LGBT older adults. We look forward to further collaboration with the White House to ensure the health and well-being of LGBT older Americans."

For more information on the conference and on LGBT aging issues, visit

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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