@SAGEUSA – Faces of Celebration, A Pride Month Round-up

July 2014

A Pride Month Reception at the White House

On Friday, June 27, SAGE, StoryCorps and the White House co-hosted “Generations of Pride,” an event held at the White House to honor the lives of LGBT older people and young people. It was a remarkable moment of celebration and recognition for LGBT communities, including older adults. To read more about this memorable event, visit our blog here.

A Pride Month Round-Up
Pride is for all ages! From New York City to Portland Oregon, this year’s Pride celebrations across the nation were diverse, vibrant and joyful. SAGE proudly represented LGBT older adults at these festivities, via our growing network of SAGENet affiliates. An album of our best Pride photos is online here.

A Chat With SAGE Participant Jayadeva
Our monthly “Quick Chats” with SAGE participants offer diverse first-person perspectives on our community. This month, we spoke with Jayadeva (also known as Jay) a 60 year-old dancer, yoga teacher, and SAGE participant whose travels have taken him all the way to India. Read Jay’s interview here. 

SAGE Center Expansion

New York City’s SAGE Center is the first full-time LGBT Senior Center in the U.S. With nightly dinners and dozens of eclectic programs supporting health, socialization, and creativity, The Center helps older adults live happier, healthier lives. Now, the New York City Council has allocated $1.5 million dollars to support the expansion of LGBT senior center programming throughout the five boroughs of New York City, ensuring that more of the City’s seniors can connect with SAGE and providing a model for similar programs across the nation. We’ll share further updates as planning begins. Read more here.

SHE Program Participants Celebrate Success

SHE (Strong. Healthy. Energized) is an innovative 12-week fitness program for women that recently wrapped up its second session at SAGE. Women’s Programming Coordinator Felicia Sobel remarked that the group “Evinced a remarkable amount of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. Not only did they lose weight and improve their eating and exercise habits, they shared their concerns during discussion periods, had fun during interactive educational exercises, and developed a cohesive community.” To learn more about women’s programs at SAGE, visit our site here.

ACL Launches Cultural Competency Tool

Educated, culturally competent caregivers play a key role in improving the lives of many LGBT older adults-especially since LGBT people are far less likely to be cared for by family members.  To help educate caregivers about the unique needs of LGBT individuals, the Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging have launched “Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults,” an online cultural competency tool. Check out this useful tool and other resources online here.

SAGE Story: CJ            
As a girl, CJ’s parents expected her to get married and have babies, but early on she realized that she and her brother “shared a liking for the same females.” She describes her coming out process and her path to an authentic life. Watch CJ’s story here.

 

Call for Couples to Share Stories of Discrimination

SAGE is seeking stories from LGBT couples who have been impacted by discrimination in housing, employment, & public accommodations, on behalf of the Equality Federation and MAP (Movement Advancement Project). Have a story to share? Email Serena Worthington: sworthington@sageusa.org 

Save the Date: SAGE Awards

Join us as we celebrate those who have made contributions to LGBT aging and celebrate with SAGE at our annual gala on October 20, 2014! Tickets and information online here.

Save the Date: Women’s Dance With DJ Stacy 
Join us for the best women’s dance in New York City on October 26, 2014! Tickets and information online here.

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. See the menu 

here.

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. 

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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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