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Adam Eli & Cathy Marino-Thomas
On May 18, SAGE and AARP are teaming up to have the LGBTQ community bridge the generational gap. With SAGE Table, they're encouraging members of the community to either host or attend a dinner in which young people can interact with their LGBTQ elders. In doing so, they hope to foster a better sense of community amongst a group that typically looks down on aging.
"The idea was that we wanted to start building connections between younger and older LGBT people," says Susan Herr, chief engagement officer of SAGE. "So we developed SAGE Table as an opportunity to launch conversations where LGBT people come together, young and old. It's just an effort to help us get building this LGBT family for all ages."
To celebrate SAGE's mission and contribute to the visibility of the LGBTQ elders they benefit, photographer Levi Foster has launched a new photo series. Entitled "The Families We Make," it places renowned LGBTQ activists like Edie Windsor, Eric Marcus, and Gwenn Craig alongside their younger counterparts for whom they've paved the way, such as Raymond Braun, Jacob Tobia, and Amber Whittington. The portraits illustrate the sense of community for which SAGE strives.