June 30, 2009
SAGE was thrilled to participate in the White House Pride Reception on June 29th with President and Mrs. Obama. Beautifully representing older adults of LGBT community, SAGE members Renee Rosenfield, 91, and Madelin Alk, 86, were seated in the front row during the President’s speech, only a few feet from the podium. Their presence highlighted that older people need to be included in plans for LGBT progress.
SAGE member Jerry Hoose, a Stonewall veteran and founder of the Gay Liberation Front (an activist group formed in its aftermath), had a personal meeting with President and Mrs. Obama, where he explained why the issues LGBT seniors face are so important and need attention now. Michael Adams, SAGE Executive Director, writes about the impact of this moving event on Newsweek.com: A Long Road Traveled Happy Pride! For more information, please visit us at www.sageusa.org