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February 14, 2013

Here & Gone: LGBT Elders Celebrate Love this Valentine’s Day

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we put together some pictures (and a video) to celebrate LGBT older people and the love they share in their lives. Here’s the first picture. Phyllis and Connie met at a SAGE women’s discussion group and 12 year later made headlines as the first same-sex couple to legally marry in New York City. In fact, BuzzFeed recently displayed their wedding photos as part of their feature “20 Photos That Could Change Someone's Mind About Gay Marriage.” (Also pictured at #17 is a photo from SAGE Board Member Reggie Stanley’s wedding.)

We also recognize that Valentine’s Day can be a day of remembrance for those who have lost a partner. One older gay man shared this love note with us about his partner who passed away.

 

Dear John,

I thought we would grow old together. But, the universe had other plans and you are in another place now. It’s been 5 years since you passed, yet my love for you grows stronger. Today, and every day, you are my one true Valentine.

Always & Forever,

Marty

 

To all LGBT older adults, and everyone reading, we want to wish you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day!

<3 SAGE 

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