SAGE Mourns the Passing of John Wright
John Wright, SAGE’s long-time lead lobbyist in New York, died unexpectedly on January 17 after a brief hospitalization. As the leader of The Wright Group, John provided brilliant strategic advice and unparalleled lobbying skills to SAGE over the last 15 years. He was a leading architect of a multi-year strategy that dramatically increased public funding for SAGE’s NY services, transforming the footprint of our NY programs and the scale of taxpayer support for LGBTQ+ elders. John was as passionate and generous as he was brilliant. In the early years of his work with SAGE, when we were frequently unable to pay his bills, John kept working his heart out for SAGE. In addition to his work with SAGE, he championed countless other LGBTQ+, racial justice, and cultural institutions. John leaves behind his long-time partner Regina, his two beloved boys, his dedicated colleagues at The Wright Group, and the scores of community organizations and leaders who came to respect and love John for being such a dedicated supporter and friend for so many of us, for our communities, and for our causes. John will be deeply, deeply missed.