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January 24, 2013

Creating Change Starts Strong! The Momentum Continues with the 4th Annual LGBT Elder Institute

It was an energizing first day at Creating Change yesterday and today we are looking forward to the many day-long Institutes. For our part, SAGE is hosting the 4th Annual LGBT Elder Institute today. It’s a packed agenda filled with dynamic workshops and presenters. The theme this year is Aging Issues Activism and the LGBT Movement with a focus on how to direct your activism in a post-election climate.

Take a peek at the full agenda for the LGBT Elder Institute!

Being that Creating Change is in Atlanta this year, we are particularly excited to host a panel of prominent locally based activists who will speak about the intersection of their personal lives and advocacy work and how this work changes and deepens with age. After the opening panel, these amazing leaders are facilitating small group discussions on topics such as, “Multi-generational Organizing around Aging: Affirmative Models” and “Creating Trans Inclusive Change.”

We are then looking forward to an afternoon of energizing and informative presentations including:

  • New research on health disparities in the African American lesbian community;
  • New research on rising health care costs and the effects of a lifetime of discrimination on LGBT persons;
  • Hearing about local and national efforts to address elder abuse and ageism;
  • Social Security Entitlement Benefits initiative that encourages qualified individuals to apply for spousal and survivor benefits. (They would receive these benefits retroactively in the event the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA] is overturned.)

Finally, SAGENet leaders from Atlanta, St. Louis, Tulsa and the District of Columbia will be sharing strategies for successful constituent-led advocacy. In addition, policy staff from SAGE and the National Center for Transgender Equality will give us some insight into the ways individuals can get involved through policy reform opportunities, as well as speak about the challenges in the post-inauguration climate.

SAGE will also be represented during the La Unión Hace La Fuerza: Latino Institute. This convening is the first ever Latino/Hispanic Daylong Institute at Creating Change and Ruby Fernandez-Brown and Bryan Pacheco of SAGE will lead a break-out group to discuss the issues faced by older LGBT Latinos.

One of the great things about Creating Change is all of the energetic and informed attendees. We are looking forward to great questions and interactions and best of all, learning about all of the fantastic work going on in communities across the U.S.

Whether you are in Atlanta or supporting from afar, you can stay connected with SAGE at Creating Change by following @SAGEUSA on Twitter, coming back to the SAGE Blog, or interacting with us on Facebook for the latest updates.


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