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For Immediate Release


September 5, 2017

SAGE Supports Our Young LGBT Immigrants

The Trump administration’s plan to discontinue DACA and deport thousands of young professionals and other community members is inhumane and will cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

[New York, NY] SAGE, the nation’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders, stands with our LGBT young people in opposing the Trump administration’s plan to discontinue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). SAGE strongly urges Congress to do the right thing by thousands of young people and pass legislation to protect DACA.

Of the estimated 800,000 young people protected by DACA from deportation and allowed to work legally in the United States, more than 75,000 of them are members of our vibrant, intergenerational LGBT community.

“This is yet another act of bigotry and discrimination against our LGBT community by the Trump administration – this time against young immigrants who have been protected from deportation since 2012 because of a broad national consensus that this is the right thing to do,” says SAGE CEO Michael Adams. “Deporting thousands of young teachers, doctors, medical school students, and other community members is inhumane and will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. We at SAGE, on behalf of LGBT elders across the country, are repulsed by this latest gratuitous attack on another vulnerable group in our community.”

SAGE celebrates the countless contributions made to our communities by young immigrants. Many of our LGBT elders themselves are immigrants and have family and loved ones who are immigrants. Over the course of their lives, our LGBT elders have experienced firsthand the demons of discrimination and injustice and rebuke any attempt to harm LGBT younger people.

“The trailblazers who came before us raised their voices against the same kind of prejudices we are seeing today,” says Adams. “Linking arms across generations is what is required as the Trump Administration continues its attacks on our most vulnerable community members.  An affront to any member of our community is an affront to us all. We refuse to be invisible.”

SAGE will continue to advocate for our diverse LGBT community and to fight for a world where people – old and young alike – are valued and allowed to reach their full potential no matter where they were born.

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
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917-553-3328
cdacosta@sageusa.org

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