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January 18, 2013

Creating Change around LGBT Aging Issues

Next week from January 23 – 27 marks the 25th annual National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Held at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, and organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Creating Change will welcome over 3,500 people from all walks of life and from across the country to network and strategize on new ways to move the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement forward.


SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams presents the SAGE Award to Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging at Creating Change 2012


Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) will once again host the LGBT Elder Day-Long Institute, and other trainings throughout the 5-day conference, to open dialogue and tackle issues faced by LGBT elders.

As one step to ensure that LGBT older people were part of mainstream aging and LGBT conversations, SAGE and the Task Force began a discussion in 2008 on how to best address and strategize around LGBT aging issues during Creating Change. In response, the Institute debuted the following year. We invite you to attend this year’s LGBT Elder Day-Long Institute and/or the many additional trainings and activities that are part of the Creating Change 2013 Aging Track.


Creating Change 2013 Aging Track

Thursday, January 24

LGBT Elder Day-Long Institute (9:00am—5:00pm, Salon E)

SAGE Elder/Disability Hospitality Suite Reception (6:30pm—7:30pm, Please check grid schedule for exact location)

Friday, January 25

The Older Americans Act: the most important law you’ve never heard of and how we’re working to make it more LGBT Inclusive (9:00am—10:30am, Room 201)

SAGE Advocacy Award for Excellence in Leadership on Aging Issues (1:30pm—2:45pm, Grand Ballroom)

Improving the Quality of Services and Supports Offered to Older Adults in LGBT Organizations (3:00pm—7:30pm, Room 201)

Old is not a Four Letter Word (4:45pm-6:15pm, Room 207)

SAGENet Caucus: Emerging Trends, Best Practices, Model Programs (6:30pm—7:30pm, Room 207)

Saturday, January 26

Reshaping State Aging Policy: Collaborations that Focus the Lens on LGBT Older Adults (9:00am—10:30am, Room 201)

Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults (3:00pm—4:30pm, Room 409)

Finding the Tools You Need From the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (6:30pm—7:30pm, Room 201)

National LGBT Aging Roundtable Caucus (Saturday, January 26—6:30pm—7:30pm, Room 207)

LGBT Elders 50+ and Allies Dance (8:30pm—12:00am, Crystal Ballroom, Lobby Level)

In addition, we will debut a special new project at Creating Change. You’ll hear more about this project on the blog next week, as well as during Creating Change. Visit the SAGE table in the exhibit hall to learn more!

For those attending, we look forward to meeting and strategizing with you. Whether you will be joining us 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.

Click here for the full Creating Change program book and smart phone app!



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