LGBT and Latino Elders Stand in Solidarity on Orlando Shooting

In light of the tragic shooting at an LGBT club/community space in Orlando earlier this week, two Diverse Elders Coalition members — the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) — have released a joint statement in solidarity with the victims, survivors, and communities affected by this tragedy. This statement originally appeared on both the NHCOA blog and the SAGE website, and you can read an additional statement from SAGE CEO Michael Adams here.

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As leaders from organizations working to advance equality and to counteract discrimination against the LGBT and Latino communities, we unite today to condemn the outrageous violence that took.... Read More

             

Connecting Across Generations

by Timothy Wroten of SAGE. This post originally appeared on the SAGE Blog, and you can read about Jay Kallio and other LGBT trailblazers in the Fall 2015 issue of SAGEMatters.

Jay Kallio gained nationwide visibility in 2012 when he shared his story about navigating the healthcare system as a transgender man living with breast cancer. Now in the midst of a new battle, Jay talks about how a younger community of activists has connected him to newfound strength and courage.

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Timothy Wroten: Earlier this year, you were diagnosed with a new condition: terminal lung cancer. Many of us.... Read More

             

“On The Table” Offers Chicago’s LGBT Elders a Seat at the Table

On the Table is an annual forum designed to increase conversations around civic engagement among residents and organizations.  This gathering fosters new relationships and creates a unified experience across the city and region.

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As thousands gathered in Chicago, I joined a group of great folks brought together by AARP to discuss the intersectionality of aging and LGBT identity. Our table of community members and organizational representatives openly shared the celebrations and challenges of aging as an LGBT person, some of which I discussed in a previous Diverse Elders Coalition blog. We also.... Read More

             

SAGECare: Creating a More Welcoming Space for LGBT Elders

This post originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

SAGE is proud to announce the launch of SAGECare— a new training initiative for service providers led by a passionate and experienced team from SAGE. It offers cultural competency training to service providers who wish to join a more inclusive community for LGBT elders, as well as learn to welcome LGBT older adults with open arms.

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SAGECare goes above and beyond the usual method of diversity training. The program creates a space for service providers to expand, transform and elevate their understanding of the needs of LGBT elders. The training provided by.... Read More

             

Financial Literacy: Tips and Tricks for LGBT Elders

April is Financial Literacy Month, and we’re commemorating the occasion with a series of blog posts from DEC members about economic security and financial resources for our elders. Today’s blog post originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

It’s critical for LGBT older adults to become more financially literate as they age. According to the SAGE report, Out and Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, Ages 45-75, nearly half of all LGBT older people fear they will outlive the money they save for retirement, as compared to a quarter of non-LGBT older people; 1 in 2 single LGBT older people believe they will have to work well beyond retirement age, as.... Read More

             

Suicide and LGBTQ/SGL Older Adults

During Black History Month, Mary’s House for Older Adults, SAGE Metro DC, and AARP DC held a LGBTQ/SGL (same gender-loving) State of the Union. One of the issues brought to the forefront was the increase of suicides among LGBTQ elders in nursing homes and other facilities. Surprised?

While we’re all sort of aware that suicide is a leading cause of death for youth aged 10 to 24, we rarely think of it as a leading cause for elders. However, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has a startling statistic: people 45-64 years old had the highest suicide rate in 2013, and elders 85 years.... Read More

             

Engaging Volunteers in Grassroots Awareness Building

by Tim Johnston, Assistant Director of Social Enterprise and Training, and Sherrill Wayland, Manager of National Projects, at SAGE.

Sometimes it feels like every time we turn around, somebody is talking about working at the grassroots level. From grassroots education and political organizing to crowdsourcing and the hive mind, focusing on grassroots engagement is certainly popular, but what does it really mean, and why is it useful?

To us, grassroots engagement means engaging and supporting a diffuse and diverse network of volunteers; in particular, folks who are outside of our professional and personal networks. Here’s an example: we manage the largest LGBT aging provider training program in the United States. It’s our job to make sure that people all across.... Read More

             

Remembering International Women’s Day

This post originally appeared on the SAGE Blog.

In today’s world, women of all ages are largely overlooked, discouraged, and unsupported in accomplishing their goals. This is especially true in the LGBT older women’s community. It is critical that in the larger community we are empowering and elevating the voices of women of all ages and backgrounds. With this in mind, SAGE is celebrating the following individuals:

Katherine Acey, recipient of the SAGE Award for Excellence in Leadership on Aging Issues, is exceptionally noteworthy. Acey, an Arab American, is a highly respected feminist in the LGBT older adult community. She was the executive director for Astrea Lesbian Foundation for Justice for 23 years.

Two other notable.... Read More

             

The History & Future of the Black Trans Rights Movement

This post originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

On February 23rd, 2016, Jevon Martin and Mya Vazquez hosted a talk on the History and Future of the Black Trans Rights Movement at SAGE Center Midtown. The speakers discussed the past, present and future of the black trans rights movement throughout history, while facilitating an ongoing discussion with those who attended.

In recent years, the transgender rights movement has become more visible in the media and our everyday lives. However, trans people, and especially trans people of color, are being killed and discriminated at an alarming rate. According to the New York City Anti-Violence Program report “Anti LGBTQ & HIV-Affected Hate Violence in 2014,” 80% of.... Read More

             

2016: A View of Hope

I have been thinking about what it means to be me: an older, African American out lesbian, wife, mother, grandmother, caregiver, educator, and CEO, living and working in the United States. In 2008, the words Audacity of Hope and hopeful came to mind, in reference to then President-Elect Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope and my experiences.

I was born in segregated Washington, DC in a time when nonwhites couldn’t eat in dining establishments; when people of color were treated at two medical hospitals, Freedman’s, the hospital for Negroes, or DC General, the city hospital. It was a time where my parents would have to go back “home” to North Carolina to vote for President, where a retired professional was.... Read More

             
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