To honor LGBTQ Pride Month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight SAGE. SAGE is a national advocacy and services organization that has been looking out for LGBT elders since 1978. As a network of support for LGBT older adults, SAGE is dedicated to fighting for LGBT rights as well as providing services for LGBT elders as they age. Their National Resource Center on LGBT Aging contains a plethora of publications, fact sheets, guides, and assistance on issues relating to the LGBT community and aging including:
- LGBT inclusion and cultural inclusion
- Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid
- Health care
- Financial security and retirement
- Educational programs
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging also provides resources for LGBT Aging training programs and helps to connect individuals with local resources in their communities. Additionally, SAGE offers the National LGBT Elder Hotline, which connects callers to a friendly and knowledgeable LGBT responder who can provide assistance.
Throughout June, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Pride Month to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a major turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States as many LGBTQ advocates were outraged and decided to turn their cause into a nationwide movement. The years following the Stonewall riots saw Pride marches and protests spread across the country. LGBTQ Pride, which was originally celebrated on the last Sunday in June, turned into a month of special events for the LGBTQ community and their allies. Today, Pride Month includes parades, picnics, parties, concerts, educational programs and workshops.
In 2019, New York City will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and celebrate a half-century of progress for LGBT liberation. You can learn more about this historic commemoration at Stonewall 50.