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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: 

SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams today attended a press conference at City Hall for GENDA on behalf of LGBT elders. Other notable LGBT nonprofit executive directors—such as Marjorie Hill of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and Glennda Testone of The LGBT Community Center—were also in attendance. 

It’s unacceptable that in 2013 any New Yorker can be being fired, evicted or denied service simply for being who they are. Without these basic protections, thousands of New Yorkers live in fear and lack basic civil rights and equal protection under the law.

Joanne’s advocacy efforts are proof of the power transgender elders possess to make change in their community. Her story has the power to touch the heart and minds of millions of people and move them to act on GENDA and improve the lives of the many transgender people living in New York.

Did you know? Joanne was new to advocacy when she attended the 2010 SAGE National Constituent Conference in New York City. Watch what she had to say at the conference below.

Learn more about transgender aging issues: In 2012, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and the National Center for Transgender Equality released the report Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice. Download it here.

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