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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!



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This is a historic event, another great step forward for the Pride Center, as it expands the number and quality of its services to LGBT elders through its partnership with SAGE.

Judging from the range and depth of SAGE's programming at its midtown Manhattan location near Penn Station, this new partnership will offer an unprecedented range of experiences and opportunities for these elders.

As a Staten Islander, I predict that a thriving Pride Center, enriched by its alliance with SAGE, will also serve to raise the profile of the entire LGBT community among its neighbors, establishing connections, relationships and awareness that are the best antidote to bias and the sense of separateness and isolation many LGBT Staten Islanders report.

Lillianna, it's 25 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10301. Dan, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. We definitely hope that our programs, in conjunction with the Pride Center will result in a great LGBT community in SI!

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