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SAGE Centers Where LGBT Seniors Find Community Will Expand to 5 Boroughs

DNAInfo New York
By Rosa Goldensohn

CHELSEA — Charles Cole first walked into SAGE five years ago after a brutal winter. His husband had left him, he'd been fired from his job and his brother had died.

Seeking skills to help search for a job, Cole joined a computer class at the nonprofit, which serves LGBT seniors. He soon gained not just job skills but a sense of community he hadn't felt in years.

“I came off the elevator feeling like this is the first time I can remember where being an older gay man doesn’t seem like I have two strikes against me,” said Cole, 65, who has lived in Chelsea for the past 35 years.

Those "strikes" are badges of honor at SAGE — which stands for Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders — a group that offers an array of programs, from meals to tai chi to help for aging gay New Yorkers.

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