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2012 Moment

The Votes Are in: Your Favorite SAGE Moment of 2012

SAGE’s friends and supporters have spoken, and top SAGE moment of 2012 is:
#4 The SAGE Center Grand Opening! Thank you to everyone who voted—it’s because of support from you and so many others that we had so many accomplishments to celebrate.
If you are interested in supporting SAGE’s work—helping us create more great moments in 2013 and beyond—please consider a making a gift today.

1. Mr. Stewart Goes to Washington

In July, SAGE constituent George Stewart was designated a White House Champion of Change in honor of Pride Month, and was featured on the official White House blog.

2. LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2012

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2012 in September—a major step toward increasing the federal supports available to LGBT older adults nationwide.

3. Bobby & Ron’s Story: Long-term Care Under Medicaid

SAGE started the year off by continuing our state-by-state work to ensure that all same-sex couples are eligible for Medicaid spousal impoverishment protections. Bobby and Ron’s story illustrate why this is so important.

4. The SAGE Center Grand Opening

On March 1, we celebrated the grand opening of The SAGE Center, the nation’s first full-time LGBT senior center. Now serving hundreds of LGBT older New Yorkers, the Center has garnered nationwide attention.

5. A Guide to Creating LGBT-Affirming Services

In March, SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging released Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults to help aging providers meet LGBT elders’ unique needs. The guide has been viewed nearly 9,000 times online.

6. White House LGBT Conference on Aging

On May 7, we proudly attended the first-ever White House LGBT Conference on Aging, featuring several speakers from SAGE alongside Obama Administration officials and other leaders in the aging and LGBT fields.

7. Transgender Aging Report

In May, SAGE and the National Center for Transgender Equality released Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults—a first-of-its-kind report in the aging field.

8. New York City Pride

On June 24, SAGE proudly marched in the New York City Pride Parade behind grand marshals Phyllis Siegal and Connie Kopolov, longtime SAGE constituents who were the first same-sex couple to legally marry in NYC.

9. Diverse Elders Coalition Congressional Briefing

On July 25, SAGE and other organizations in the Diverse Elders Coalition held a Capitol Hill briefing on the economic issues facing elders of color and LGBT elders, as well as proposed policy solutions highlighted in our new report and blog.

10. SAGENet Improves the Lives of LGBT Older Adults Nationwide

In November, 23 SAGENet affiliates gathered to celebrate their accomplishments, such as affordable LGBT elder housing in Chicago, a new LGBT senior center in Rochester, or advocacy work on housing in St. Louis.

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