This post originally appeared on the SAGE blog.
On Monday, October 19, 2015, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) held its 20th Anniversary Awards & Gala at Gotham Hall in New York. The event raised over $750,000 – a SAGE record – and served to recognize SAGE’s achievements throughout the country, as well as honoring five leaders committed to improving life among diverse LGBT aging populations. The honorees included Jim Obergefell, who was presented with the LGBT Pioneer Award by SAGE board member emerita Edie Windsor. This was Mr. Obergefell’s first award from a national organization.
The 20th Anniversary SAGE Awards & Gala also introduced the Jack Watters Corporate Advocate Award, honoring Stephen Simcock of JPMorgan Chase for his leadership on LGBT senior housing. Assemblymember Deborah Glick — the first openly gay member elected to the New York State legislature — received the Paula Ettelbrick Community Service Award. SAGE also acknowledged Ted Snowdon & Duffy Violante for their continuous support of LGBT community programs, and the Macquarie Group for its commitment to SAGE Center Harlem and SAGE’s national programs.
Gabriella Pizzolo, child-star of Fun Home — Broadway’s first-ever musical with a lesbian protagonist and winner of five 2015 Tony Awards — rounded out the evening with a special performance of “Ring of Keys.”
Congratulations to SAGE on its continued success and groundbreaking advocacy for our LGBT elders!
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Diverse Elders Coalition.