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May 15, 2014

A Chat With SAGE Participant Michelle Malloy

May is Older Americans Month! To celebrate, we're launching a series of conversations with SAGE participants on our blog.These 'quick chats' will reveal a bit more about the fabulous folks who enjoy the incredible array of programs offered by SAGE. Our first chat is with SAGE participant Michelle Malloy, who has been a SAGE participant since 2010. She is a 55-year-old bisexual New York City native who has been out since 1977. We caught up with Michelle at our Women's Group in Harlem. 
 
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Michelle (left) and her partner Karen at SAGE Harlem

 

Thanks for talking with me Michelle! So when did you come out?

I came out at age 18 in 1977. My cousin Cynthia [a SAGE staffer] was already out; she paved the way for me. We had a lot of fun going to clubs together in the city, like the Loft and Paradise Garage.

And you’re here with your girlfriend, is that right?

Yes, my partner Karen Massey and I have been together since 1991. She’s my best friend. When I fell down in the train station in December she was the first person I called. We help each other. People don’t always think we’re a couple though. As we get older, people look at us differently. Sometimes people think she’s my aunt or my mom!

And what do you love most about her?

She’s honest—about everything!

What do you do professionally? Are you out at work?

I work part time as an Executive Assistant in a neurosurgery office. I came out at work in 1985. I didn’t really experience any difference in how I was treated after I came out. I’m looking forward to retirement at age 62!

Exciting! What are you planning to do with your retirement?

Travel--to Vegas, or any country with a casino! I love to gamble.

What was your biggest win?

I once won $6400—it was $4200 after taxes. I used it to pay off my credit card.

That’s so practical!

Yes, you’ve got to be!

Any advice for our readers?

Live your life to the fullest—it’s so short! Don’t let anyone tell you how to live it!

Great advice—thank you Michelle!

-- Posted by Kira Garcia 

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