SAGE Says Take Action for LGBT Elders

BY BTL STAFF

This is a critical moment in LGBT history. LGBT elders and their allies haven't come this far to back down now. In a powerful pre-inauguration statement, SAGE CEO Michael Adams stressed the fact that "our LGBT elder pioneers did not lead the movement birthed at Stonewall by being quiet and invisible."

Demonstrating their solidarity, LGBT elders stepped up at two electrifying events in January. At Creating Change, the nation's largest annual gathering of LGBT activists and change makers, SAGE premiered SAGE Table, an initiative sponsored by AARP to strengthen connections between LGBT people of all ages. As part of SAGE's LGBT Elder Institute, the SAGE Table event brought together more than 70 people representing four generations across regions, cultures and genders. Now, these SAGE Table ambassadors will connect with LGBT people in their communities ahead of the official launch on May 18.

One day after the presidential inauguration, SAGE joined hundreds of thousands in the nation's capital for the Women's March on Washington. The demonstration is said to have drawn more than a record four million people nationwide, sending a clear message to the new administration that Americans are committed to diversity and equality, and that we won't be silent.

LGBT people of all ages are standing together to protect our communities. Here are a few actions you can take:

Sign up to break bread on May 18 with LGBT people of all ages at a SAGE Table meal to create bonds across generations.

Fight social isolation with a phone call. Share the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline with your friends and networks.

Make a pledge for LGBT rights. Donate to SAGE and help protect LGBT elders across the country. Did you know that your gift may be doubled? Thanks to the leadership support by The Calamus Foundation, every new or increased gift to SAGE will matched.

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. With offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country.
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