Becoming an affiliate of sage:
Services and Advocacy for GLBT elders
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders
(SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for GLBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of GLBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and GLBT organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on GLBT Aging. SAGE has offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago (www.sageusa.org).
The mission of SAGE is to take the lead in addressing issues related to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) aging. In partnership with its affiliate chapters and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for GLBT older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of GLBT life in later years.
SAGE is growing its program of local SAGE
affiliates through an initiative referred to
as SAGENet. Currently there are 24 SAGE
Affiliates across 16 states and the District of
Columbia, representing every region of the
country. SAGE is working to build a movement to reduce isolation, improve financial security and enhance the quality of life for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) older adults. In Maine, our work with SAGE will aid us in improving the quality of life for GLBT older people in Maine communities.
Through SAGENet, a Maine SAGE Affiliate will have access to leaders within SAGE and the other affiliates. We will be able to draw on the wisdom of our peers to implement programs and services that address the most urgent issues facing GLBT elders (from unemployment, to housing, to GLBT-affirming healthcare and more) by creating advocacy initiatives where GLBT elders advocate on their own behalf at the local, state, and federal levels.
SAGE Maine has been incorporated in Maine with the assistance of AARP of Maine.