@SAGEUSA – SAGE Matters Monthly Newsletter

May 2014

Remembering a Remarkable Year: Introducing SAGE’s 2013 Annual Report

In 2013 SAGE’s focus on improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people was sharper than ever. We trained hundreds of providers, revamped our online resources and built stronger relationships with public and private sector leaders alike. Nationwide, we led landmark policy victories while expanding programs that create community and enhance financial security for LGBT older people. Take a look at our 2013 Annual Report online here.   

A Chat With SAGE Participant Michelle Malloy

May is Older Americans Month! To celebrate, we’re launching a series of conversations with SAGE participants on our blog. These ‘quick chats’ will reveal a bit more about the fabulous folks who enjoy the incredible array of programs offered by SAGE. Our first chat is with SAGE participant Michelle Malloy, who has been a SAGE participant since 2010. She is a 55-year-old bisexual New York City native who has been out since 1977. We caught up with Michelle at our Women’s Group in Harlem. Check out our conversation with Michelle on our blog here.

A Personal Call to End Elder Abuse

In honor of Older Americans Month, Robert Espinoza, Senior Director of Policy and Communications at SAGE, shared a powerful tribute to his mother on the Huffington Post. He writes, “My mother taught me to root my practices in the needs of the most vulnerable. She taught me to defy harmful norms and the sanctions imposed upon us. She taught me to honor the people we lose from our lives by aiding those who live on.” Read the rest of Robert’s tribute here. 

Two Important New Policy Advancements

Recent weeks have brought some exciting policy progress for LGBT older adults. First, the ACL (Administration for Community Living) issued guidance to its grantees that they must now follow a “place of celebration rule” and consider the terms “spouse”, “family”, and “relative” as being inclusive of same-sex married couples. This guideline from the Federal level will have a huge impact–read more about it hereSecond, new legislation has been put forward that would force Social Security to pay same-sex spouses survivor benefits.

Join Us for SAGEWorks Career Day!

Ready to launch yourself into a new career?  Looking for advice on navigating today’s complex job market?  SAGEWorks will host its first-ever Career Day on June 17 at The SAGE Center in New York City.  This free event will offer workshops with professionals who will review your resume, offer networking tips, and help you nail that interview.  You will also have a chance to practice these skills by spending valuable face time with some of NYC’s best employers. Space is limited, so register online here to reserve your slot for this special opportunity, and you’ll be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card!

Upcoming Events 

For a full list of events visit sageusa.org

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 information and 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

Purchase tickets 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

National Teleconference on HIV & Aging It’s estimated that by 2015, one in two people with HIV in the U.S. will be 50 and older, many of whom are LGBT and people of color. Dial in to a national teleconference to hear more about this important issue from a group of national health & advocacy experts. Details are 

A National Spotlight for SAGE Story

SAGE Story participant Charles Fattone’s moving love story was chosen for broadcast by the Moth, a national story telling program! Listen here. 

Call for Spouses With Social Security Claims on Hold

SAGE and Lambda Legal are gathering the stories of LGBT spouses who have had Social Security claims put on ‘hold’ in states that don’t recognize their marriages. Are you in this situation–or know someone who is? Contact Kaitlyn Gentile at kgentile@lambdalegal.org

Accolades for SAGE
We’re proud to announce that SAGE has won two Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA)! Read all about it

Join us for a meal! Catch up with friends–or meet someone new–over a meal at the SAGE Center! Join us for tasty dinners every week night. A full menu is 

Double the Impact of Your Gift to SAGE! The Calamus, Gill, and H. van Amerigen Foundations are each generously matching new and increased gifts, doubling the impact of your support for LGBT older adults. Help us reach our 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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