@sageusa – The Monthly Newsletter for GLBT Elders

April 2014

NEW! SAGE Story Features Narratives on Defeating Social Isolation

While many LGBT older people are at risk of social isolation due to smaller support networks and histories of discrimination, others are finding ways to stay healthy and engaged with their communities. With the support of the AARP Foundation, SAGE reached out to LGBT older people nationwide to share stories about how they’ve found social support and reduced isolation. Our SAGE Story workshop program in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon and New York gathered participants to build storytelling skills while connecting with friends and neighbors. In 2013, our national storytelling contest during LGBT History Month yielded powerful reminders that LGBT older people embody a hard-earned resilience that helps them manage the challenges of aging. Keep an eye out for more exciting SAGE storytelling projects in the near future!

Watch, read and see the stories here. Do you have a story to tell? Share it via SAGE Story!

Assembly Member Glick Helps SAGE Support Elder Veterans

New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, a long-time leader in the LGBT community, played a critically important role in navigating and negotiating for SAGE’s LGBT elder veterans initiative in the Assembly.  SAGE and LGBT elder veterans are extremely grateful to Assembly Member Glick for her leadership and her unwavering commitment to LGBT older people! The initiative helps SAGE provide LGBT veterans with legal assistance, job placement, benefits counseling and more–empowering a population of older adults who often go without essential support services.

Read more about the LGBT Elder Veterans Initiative here.

National Minority Health Month

Join our partners at the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) throughout the month of April as they highlight health disparities amongst minority populations every Wednesday on the NRC blog. This year’s theme, “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity”emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities, and asks us to unite in improving the health of our communities. 

Read the latest blog post from the DEC here.

Learn about Health Equity and LGBT Elders of Color and view SAGE’s infographic on LGBT Health, Racial Disparities and Aging by the Numbers.     


National Healthcare Decisions Day

If you became unable to speak for yourself, how would medical decisions be made for you? We considered that question and others on April 16th, the 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), a nationwide event promoting the importance of healthcare choices and advance directives. The LGBT community is especially vulnerable in this regard, since many hospitals restrict visitation rights to narrow interpretations of family. Yesterday was a reminder for us all to take steps to ensure that we make our wishes clear about who may visit us and make medical decisions on our behalf in times of crisis.

It’s not too late! If you don’t have advance directives in place, learn how to obtain them here.

If you live in New York, please attend our NHDD event on April 29th. A volunteer legal team will be on hand to help navigate advance directive forms. Find out more information here.

For more information on the importance of advance directives and other legal documents, visit the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging’s resource page.


Upcoming Events 

SAGE hosts a variety of events year-round for our friends and supporters; visit sageusa.org for more information.

The Ultimate SAGE Women’s Spring Fling   At the legendary Henrietta Hudson!
April 20, 2014, 3-9 pm
Henrietta Hudson, 438 Hudson Street, NYC  Tickets purchased at the door.

SAGE Women’s Dance

The best Women’s Dance in NYC!

May 4, 2014, 3:30 – 8:30 pm

Club LQ, 511 Lexington Ave @48th St.

Get the latest details on our event page!


SAGE National in the Capitol

Join us and learn how SAGE’s work in D.C. is helping to change the landscape of LGBT aging.
May 15, 2014, 6-8 pm
Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U Street, NW, Washington D.C.

Get the latest details and purchase your tickets on our event page! 

SAGE Fire Island Pines Celebration

Join us for our annual kick-off to Pride month in the Fire Island Pines!

June 7, 2014, 4-6 pm
225 Bay Walk, Fire Island Pines
Get the latest details and purchase your tickets on our event page!

SAGE Women’s Pride Tea

Celebrate the start of NYC Pride week!

June 22, 2014, 3-9 pm

Henrietta Hudson, 438 Hudson Street, NYC

Tickets purchased at the door.


Join us as we celebrate those who have made contributions to LGBT aging and celebrate with SAGE during our annual gala!

October 20, 2014

Lambda Legal Living Wills Video

Advanced Directives 

Lambda Legal advises on health care proxies & living wills. Watch now.

Call for Stories From Diverse Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDS

The DEC is looking for stories from adults aged 50+ that are personal, emotional and show the strength of our community. Contact them via email or view on the web for more information.

Join us for a meal! The SAGE Center offers up tasty dinners during the week with specials for Passover and Easter!

Did you know that your gift to SAGE goes twice as far?

The Calamus Foundation and the Gill Foundation will generously match new and increased gifts, doubling the impact of your support for LGBT older adults through June. Help us reach our $300,000 goal!

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SAGE LogoSAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) 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, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 26 local SAGE affiliates in 19 states and the District of Columbia. 

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