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For Immediate Release

August 16, 2017

SAGE Raises Voice Against White Supremacy and the Structures and Politics that Support It

NEW YORK -- Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE, the nation’s largest and oldest organization providing advocacy and services to LGBT Elders, released the following statement following the President’s continued comments in support of hate groups in Charlottesville, Virginia:

For those of us, like SAGE, who are committed to building a world of equity, the issue is not who engaged in violence in Charlottesville -- though only one "side" arrived with torches mimicking the KKK and used a car to kill and maim those with opposing views. Instead, the decisive issue is who showed up in the name of white supremacy, neo Nazism, and hatred versus who showed up in the name of inclusion, equity, and love.

No matter how much the President may try to turn reality upside down and legitimize so-called white nationalism, there is only one story to be told here. It is told by Confederate flags, Nazi salutes, and the vicious words and actions of those who stood behind those banners and fists.  SAGE elders know -- and have taught us -- that there is only one side of this story to tell and only one side of this fight to be on.

SAGE will always stand on the side of equity, inclusion, and justice and against white supremacy and the structures and politics that support and accommodate it.  We refuse to be silent. We refuse to be invisible.

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

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