Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) 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 for 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, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. sageusa.org

Mission

SAGE leads in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.

SAGE Charlotte?

The Harvey Milk Day/Charlotte readings of the tribute play "Dear Harvey" are one tool to bring attention to Charlotte's LGBT elder community, and to the formation of a possible SAGE Chapter in Charlotte. Should we have a Chapter? Whom will it serve? What will it do? Be part of the conversation. A town hall meeting to discuss these issues will be announced for June or July. Interested? Email Dan at dearharvey@gmail.com

SAGE Core Values

  • Diversity and equity
    SAGE operates at the intersection of LGBT and aging experiences. Our work ensures that all LGBT older adults have just and fair access to the opportunities they deserve and are free from ageism.
  • Collaborative teamwork and partnership
    SAGE is a learning organization rooted in community. We value collaborative teamwork internally and partnership externally. We place a premium on robust communication, and on listening to and learning from each other.
  • Innovation 
    SAGE is committed to transformative change for LGBT older people. As such, we value courageous creativity, openness, thoughtful risk-taking and flexibility.
  • LGBT older voices come first
    SAGE is grounded in the spirit of "nothing about us without us." We listen respectfully to the full breadth of voices of LGBT older people.
  • Top performance in a diverse marketplace
    SAGE seeks to positively impact all LGBT older adults. Our work is data-driven, disciplined, and responsive to change. We work hard, continually improve, and are accountable for excellent outcomes.
  • Respect and Compassion
    SAGE values and fosters dignity, caring, and service for LGBT elders.

History

In 1978 New York City, a small intergenerational group of LGBT people recognized that older people still needed a voice in the movement. By that time the LGBT civil rights movement had gained momentum across the country. Unfortunately, the larger LGBT community had overlooked its elders, many of whom struggled to survive amidst poverty and social isolation. Originally known as Senior Action in a Gay Environment, SAGE was founded to create a network of support for these older community members, first in New York City and then nationwide. Today, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) leads the conversation on LGBT aging.