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6 posts from December 2014

December 30, 2014

Celebrating Our Year in Pictures

2014 was a pivotal year for SAGE and we are proud to celebrate our achievements in pictures! From Pride with our affiliates around the country to opening up LGBT seniors centers around New York city and from promoting policy changes to our groundbreaking report Out & Visible and more! , SAGE is proud of the work we do on behalf of our LGBT older adults.

Support our work and help us continue to help our community by making a tax-deductible donation before the New Year. Here's to 2015!

December 23, 2014

Introducing The SAGE-Pride Center of Staten Island

The new Pride Center of Staten Island, (presently the Staten Island LGBT Community Center – a program of Community Health Action of Staten Island) has served the LGBT community of Staten Island since 1989. One of the hallmarks of The Pride Center is its ability to create a sense of belonging and family, fostered by its inter-generational opportunities as well as its signature older adults program, the "Golden Rainbow Club."

Now, SAGE is partnering with The Pride Center of Staten Island to build on their Golden Rainbow Club and increase programming for LGBT older adults throughout the borough. The SAGE-Pride Center of Staten Island will offer up to 20 hours per week of programs designed to help older adults age actively and healthfully within their community.

To celebrate this new partnership, The SAGE-Pride Center of Staten Island hosted a kick-off event for participants, staff, and local leaders on December 18, 2014. Department for the Aging Commissioner, Donna Corrado, representatives from numerous elected offices, and leadership from both organizations offered words of support and encouragement. Guests were also treated to a holiday-themed revue by performer, Tym Moss and the debut of Vintage/Modern, a portrait exhibit by resident art curator, Steven Wakeman.

Check out the slideshow of our kick-off event below and be sure to visit us in Staten Island!

 

December 18, 2014

Join us for a Free Webinar on Out & Visible

LGBT_OAMarketResearch_Rpt-1This fall, SAGE released Out and Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, Ages 45-75. The report examined the values, needs, wants and lifestyle preferences of LGBT older people and has been featured in a number of national publications, including Forbes, The Huffington Post and Edge media networks.

We are proud to announce a webinar detailing notable findings from this landmark report. Join us on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST. To register for the webinar, please click here. The webinar ID is 119-423-395. 
 
Moderated by Serena Worhington, SAGE's Director of National Field Initiatives, our panelists include:

  • Hop Backus, Executive Vice President, States & Communities, AARP
  • Masen Davis, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center
  • Robert Espinoza, Senior Director of Policy and Communications, SAGE
  • Lisa Krinsky, Director, LGBT Aging Project, The Fenway Institute
  • Bob Witek, CEO and Co-founder, Witek Communications

To read a copy of the report, please click here. Don't have time for the full version? Check out our Executive Summary here.

December 16, 2014

29th Annual Toys Party a Great Success!

16012383546_c295402775_qOn Sunday, December 14, 2014, Robby Browne, David Tufts and Chris Kann hosted the 29th Annual Toys Party at Chelsea Piers in New York City. With over 2,000 guests attending, the party is a highlight of the holiday season for the NYC LGBT community and serves as a fundraiser for SAGE. Politicians, television stars and community supporters also brought toys which are given to the 9th Police Precinct Community Center, Ali Forney Center, Brooklyn ACE Integration Head Start, Camp Felix, God’s Love We Deliver, Grace Baptist/Faith Mission, The Iris House, UWS Jericho Project/Brick Church and the Youth 4 Seniors/Harlem InterAgency Council.

We would like to thank our hosts, guests and our sponsors, HBO, Ketel One and Grey Advertising, for supporting us this year and we can't wait to see you next December! View a few photos from the evening below. Interested in more? Check out more pics from our photobooth area here and here.

December 9, 2014

DEC and HHS Host “Affordable Care Act and Diverse Elders” Event

Today's post is from Ben de Guzman, the National Managing Coordinator of our partner organization, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC). It was originally featured on the DEC's blog here. Follow the DEC on Twitter for more updates. 

On Tuesday, November 25, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC), in partnership with the U.S. Department on Health and Human Services (HHS), hosted a briefing on the Affordable Care Act and diverse elders. As the new National Managing Coordinator for the DEC, I was excited to open the event by welcoming the audience and introducing Michael Adams, Executive Director of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), a DEC member. Michael provided a wealth of data on health care challenges faced by diverse communities, including Latinos, American Indians/ Alaska Natives (AI/ AN), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), African Americans, the LGBT community, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS. Some of the highlights of these data include:

  • AAPI Older Adults: Health disparities within a diverse AAPI elder population and the need for disaggregated data (eg. Disproportionate rates of breast cancer among Japanese and Filipino women).
  • Hispanic Older Adults: In 2009, 32.4% of all Hispanics and 5% of Hispanic seniors lacked health insurance.
  • LGBT Older Adults: Significant physical and mental health disparities: high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and more.
  • HIV Positive Older Adults: 50% of those who are HIV+ will be age 50+ by 2015—70% will be 50+ by 2020.

With this baseline of information in place, Michael introduced two important partners in the DEC’s work, Matthew Heinz, who serves as HHS’s liaison to the LGBT community and providers, and Kathy Greenlee, Administrator for the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Both Mr. Heinz and Administrator Greenlee emphasized their agencies’ commitment to maintaining and expanding their responsiveness to diverse communities as we enter the Affordable Care Act’s second open enrollment.

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The discussion moved to a panel format, which included Mr. Adams, Vicky Gottleich, Director of the ACL’s Center for Policy and Evaluation, and Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), another DEC member. The conversation expanded to include disparities that women face in accessing health care, as well as specific experiences Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees are having with Covered California, that state’s health insurance exchange. A vibrant Q&A session drilled down further into the issues.

With the second round of enrollment just beginning, the pending transition of political leadership in the Senate, and important conversations happening across the country around race and LGBT equality, this is an important time to be having this discussion for older adults across the spectrum. The DEC and its members continue to be at the forefront of this discussion and are committed to the wellbeing of all older adults, their families, and their communities.

December 1, 2014

Recognizing World AIDS Day

AIDSRibbonDid you know that research estimates project that by 2015, one in two people with HIV in this country will be age 50 and older?  Further, HIV infections are on the rise among older people, many of whom are likely to be dually diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

The demographic face of HIV/AIDS is a graying one and the latest national data show that adults 50 and older account for 17% of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses and 29%  of all persons living with AIDS. Despite the rise in HIV infections among older people, few prevention efforts explicitly target older adults with age-sensitive information and education. On this World AIDS Day, SAGE would like to recognize the challenges that our older adults face and bring to light information on  what it means to live and age with HIV—especially as diverse LGBT communities.