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March 24, 2017

SAGE Table Previewed to NYC’s LGBT VIPs

Chefs Club Was Venue for Celebrity-Studded Sneak Peek of Nationwide Action to Bridge Generations Across the LGBT Community

[New York, NY] Whoopi Goldberg, Dominique Jackson of Oxygen’s “Strut,” and Lisa Kron, Tony Award winner for “Fun Home,” were among the celebrities and LGBT activists who previewed SAGE Table last night at New York City’s Chefs Club. The event was hosted by Tom Leonardis and Victor Jeffreys II, who serve as co-chairs of SAGE Table Steering Committee/NY.

SAGE Table is a nationwide initiative designed to establish stronger connections across age groups in the LGBT community. Produced by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and sponsored by AARP, the event will happen in communities across the country on May 18.

Each gathering will bring together younger and older members of the LGBT community, as well as allies, to break bread and build bonds. Discussion questions will enable younger and older people to share their perspectives on how aging in the LGBT community could be enhanced through stronger connections between generations. Organizers have set a goal of 10,000 participants who will meet in venues including homes, businesses, and nonprofits. An estimated 3,000 have already committed.

“I am proud to be a part of SAGE Table,” Goldberg said. “Don’t forget: We’re all getting older. That’s why we have to make sure we’re looking out for those who have come before us, appreciate what they have done, and share those experiences with those coming after. On May 18, we will all have that conversation.”

Because of its focus on food from chefs all over the world, Chefs Club was the perfect venue to exhibit the beauty of SAGE Table. “Chefs Club is the ultimate place to show off a one-of-a-kind event like SAGE Table,” Leonardis said. “It’s dramatic but intimate—a great place to learn about each other over an exquisite meal.”

Participating in SAGE Table is easy. Whether you’re thinking of hosting an event yourself, looking for a SAGE Table to attend, or want help in finding guests to invite, you’ll find more information at sagetable.org.

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at sageusa.org.

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Christina DaCosta
Assistant Director of Communications
917-553-3328
cdacosta@sageusa.org

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