RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh has announced that its Gay & Gray Initiative has received national affilation with SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and will change names to SAGE Raleigh.
SAGE Raleigh is a member of the national organization’s network of affiliates known as SAGEnet. Began in New York City in 1978, SAGE began as a local group dedicated to LGBT seniors. It has grown to become the leading national organization advocating for the rights and well-being of LGBT elders.
The center’s SAGE Raleigh was begun three years ago as the Gay & Gray Initiative. The program has organized social events, drop-in hours dedicated to older community member, educational events and has held two monthly luncheon series at nearby restaurants, including a luncheon for elder lesbians. For two years, the initiative has also been a recipient of a City of Raleigh Human Resources Commission grant.
“The power and prestige of being aligned with a national organization such as SAGE will help us achieve more success in terms of programming and fund-raising, which of course is the bread and butter of a non-profit,” SAGE Raleigh/Gay & Gray founder Les Geller said in a release. “After a year of working with the national organization to get our credentials in order, and having gone through a rigorous process of fulfilling many requirements to prove our ability and intent to carry on, we couldn’t be more pleased that SAGE has chosen our program to be the first in North Carolina, and one of the few in the Southeast, to be an affiliate.”
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