Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Our mission is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging.
SAGE offers innovative services and programs to LGBT older people nationwide—throughout New York City and through our national affiliate program, SAGENet. From arts and culture, to health and wellness, and much more, SAGE's innovative services and programs support thousands of LGBT older people in communities around the country. Additionally, SAGE's leading programs—such as SAGEWorks, our employment program for LGBT older people—are often expanded into various sites around the country.
SAGE advocates at the federal, state and local level for public policies that will improve economic security, community support, and health and wellness among a growing population of LGBT older people. In Washington, DC, our federal program ensures that policymakers in Congress and the administration support LGBT older adults in all the relevant policy areas. Additionally, SAGE works with local advocates around the country to develop their local and state policy agendas—and to make them a reality.
SAGE trains aging providers and LGBT organizations on the best ways to support LGBT older people in their long-term care settings. Our premier LGBT cultural competence training—part of SAGE's National Resource Center on LGBT Aging—draws from the best minds in the field and has been shown to improve knowledge and skills among trainees. SAGE also retains a training corps of nearly 40 cultural competence experts throughout the US.
SAGE builds the capacity of local SAGE affiliates nationwide to provide services and to engage in policy advocacy that improves their lives. In the process, we build a national, grassroots movement for LGBT aging. From rural to urban settings, in every region of the country, SAGENet leaders are creating local supports for LGBT older people in their communities, training their aging service networks, and reaching out to government leaders to discuss the policies that affect them as LGBT elders.
SAGE partners with leaders in the aging field and the LGBT movement to broaden our collective reach, strengthen our political power and inform one another's approaches to improving the lives of LGBT older people. SAGE recognizes the tremendous value of partnership and coalition-building, and this value is evident across all of our activities, including a historic Diverse Elders Coalition for elders of color and LGBT elders, 14 partner organizations guiding our national training—and more.
SAGE develops consumer resources that equip aging providers with critical knowledge and skills, and LGBT older people with the information they need to make informed choices about their futures. Through our main website, as well as our sister site for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, visitors will find hundreds of multi-media resources that explain the many issues facing LGBT older people.