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15 posts from May 2013

May 10, 2013

Beth Israel: Reaching Out to the LGBT Community

NurseMay 6th-12th is National Nurses Week and in honor we want to highlight the great work Beth Israel and Nurse Mary Simmons are doing for LGBT elders at The SAGE Center.

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It’s dinner hour at The SAGE Center in the Chelsea neighborhood. Several women call out to another to join them at their table. A man asks a young volunteer about the day’s vegetable. Another pours over The New York Times, lingering after his afternoon collage class. A few friends discuss the SAGE Singers.

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May 9, 2013

SAGE Is a Communicator Award Winner!

CommSilver1SAGE is proud to announce that we have received a 2013 Communicator Award from The International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA) for our website!

The SAGE website (sageusa.org) relaunched with a new, streamlined design in October 2012, offering visitors the latest information and resources on LGBT aging issues. The site was honored with a Silver Communicator Award (also known as an Award of Distinction) in the category of Websites - Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit.

Now in its 19th year, the Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. With more than 6000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals.

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May 8, 2013

Unleash the Power of Age

May is Older Americans Month, a proud tradition that shows our commitment to honoring the value that elders contribute to our communities. The official site encourages all of us to show our support for Older Americans Month by unleashing the power of age in our community. For the month of May, we will feature a story every Wednesday honoring the power LGBT elders possess.

Today’s post focuses on Joanne Borden, a WWII veteran, grandmother and transgender elder
who fiercely advocates for her community. Most recently, she is working alongside the Empire State Pride Agenda to raise awareness about the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and bringing it over the finish line this legislative session.

Watch her powerful story here: 

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May 6, 2013

StoryCorps: A Transgender Woman’s Journey from Hiding to “Walking in Love”

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Alexis Martinez (left) and her daughter Lesley
Alexis Martinez grew up in a rough neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side in the early 1960s. She knew she was transgender from an early age.

Alexis (whose birth name is Arthur) struggled with her identity, as did her family. At 13, she came out as transgender to her mother. Alexis’ mother called the police, who laughed and told her, “You've got a fag for a son, and there's nothing we can do about it.”

As a result, Alexis joined a gang and “went as macho as [she] could be, to mask what [she] really was underneath.” 

Alexis has a daughter, who accepts her for who she is. Says her daughter Lesley: "You don't have to apologize. You don't have to tiptoe. We're not going to cut you off. And that is something that I've always wanted you to, you know, just know—that you're loved."

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May 3, 2013

Married, Yet Denied a Greencard

April may be over, but we wanted to share one more story relating to the importance of marriage equality for LGBT older adults.  These stories are also part of our SAGE Story series. Do you have a story you would like to share? Tell us today!

Even though Matilde and Bronwyn are legally married in New York State and Bronwyn is a U.S. Citizen, Matilde is not recognized as such by marriage and must obtain a visa in order stay in the country. Their plight is a common one for LGBT couples - married or not. Watch as they tell their story.

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