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For Immediate Release

February 6, 2018

SAGE Stands with Marsha Wetzel

Lesbian elder fights to live with dignity at Glen St. Andrew Living Community

[Chicago, IL] The following statement is attributable to SAGE CEO Michael Adams:

“We at SAGE know that LGBT older adults can feel hopeless and alone when faced with discrimination and harassment in senior housing communities. Thankfully, some like Marsha Wetzel feel empowered to fight back.  As the Seventh Circuit hears Lambda Legal’s appeal in Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community, we stand with Marsha.  Marsha is fighting to hold Glen St. Andrew accountable for keeping her safe.  She has faced abuse at the hands of her fellow residents who have targeted her based on her sexual orientation. All LGBT elders deserve to be treated with dignity, especially in their homes. That is why we are committed to training long-term care providers in LGBT cultural competency with our SAGECare program, and why we will not stay quiet as the Trump administration promotes a license to discriminate.”

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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