“SAGE Central North Carolina,” for brevity commonly shortened to SAGE, is an active program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh and an affiliate of SAGEUSA that advocates and provides services for LGBTQ persons 50 and older.
Mission and Vision
In 2017, the SAGE Leadership Team developed the following mission and vision statements to provide focus, guidance, and direction to the organization:
Mission: SAGE addresses issues of aging in the diverse population of the LGBTQ community by improving the quality of life through advocacy, education, and promotion of social interaction.
Vision: To increase awareness of and participation in SAGE and to be the premiere resource for service providers and for advocacy, education, and social inclusion to benefit LGBTQ seniors in central North Carolina.
SAGE Central North Carolina is an organization that is welcoming, respectful to everyone, and is committed to reach out to LGBTQ aging adults, and therefore has a vital role to play in the community. Ongoing weekly and seasonal social, educational, health-related, fun-oriented, and physical fitness events and activities are promoted that benefit the LGBTQ elder community.
Advocacy, Education, and Social Interaction
SAGE’s Mission and Vision provide direction and focus on three key areas.
SAGE is represented on the board of Resources for Seniors, on the GOLD Coalition, and on the Governor’s Commission on Aging. Members are active participants in senior services organizations, so LGBTQ voices are included when decisions about services to aging persons are discussed and implemented.
SAGE has developed training programs to support leaders and staff of senior services organizations to be more sensitive and effective when dealing with LGBTQ residents, clients, families, and caregivers.
SAGE promotes social interaction and reducing social isolation among members as a key priority. Many social programs, responding to the varied interests of our members are scheduled on a regular basis.
The LGBT Center is reserved every Thursday morning for SAGE friends to come in, have a cup of coffee and a pastry, and sit around and chat. A complimentary lunch is served on the first and third Thursday of the month at the center and SAGE friends go out to lunch at a local restaurant on the fourth Thursday of the month.
SAGE women meet for a group lunch at a local restaurant on the second Monday and third Friday of the month. A cash reimbursement covers or reduces the cost of their meal. On the fourth Monday of the month, SAGE women meet for an informal, social get-together to share information, see friends and make new ones.
Weekly walks are held to encourage exercise and health as well as providing social opportunities. Five major social events are hosted each year by SAGE: Valentine’s Day Dance, Memorial Day Picnic, July 4th Picnic, Labor Day Picnic, and Holiday Party. Other events are scheduled intermittently and new events are being added regularly.
There are no dues or fees to participate in regularly scheduled SAGE events/activities. Some intermittently scheduled events/activities may occasionally require a fee (usually discounted for SAGE participants). You are encouraged to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your need additional information, have questions, and to request that your email address be added to our mailing list in order to receive our once a month newsletter. The Newsletter, which contains valuable information on upcoming events, activities, and general information important to the LGBTQ community, will keep you informed in order for you to take advantage of all that SAGE offers. Additionally, SAGE is listed on www.Meetup.com, and you can register there to receive regular announcements. You are encouraged to complete the SAGE Social Activities Survey so your interests can be considered as existing programs are enhanced and new ones developed.
To accomplish its Mission and fulfill its Vision, there is much work to be done and SAGE counts on the support of dedicated individuals who will share their special skills, volunteer to help with the many tasks and planned activities/events, provide constructive feedback and suggestions, donate financially to the organization, or just participate in the many planned activities and events.
Individuals and groups are invited and encouraged to submit plans for hosting meetup activities and events that promote social interaction, healthy living, and general improved quality of life for LGBTQ Seniors in central North Carolina. Submitted applications (SAGE Meetup Event/Activity Application) are reviewed by SAGE’s “Events/Activity Team Coordinators” to determine if the event/activity is appropriate as a SAGE Central North Carolina-endorsed meetup event/activity.
Being a volunteer is a great way to get involved in the LGBTQ community, meet other likeminded individuals, and make new friends. Step forward today by contacting email@example.com to “Pay It Forward” or “Pay It Back” by sharing special skills you can provide or to express your willingness to lend a hand wherever needed.
Senior Housing Initiative
One of SAGE Central North Carolina’s more ambitious objectives has been the SAGE Central North Carolina Senior Housing Initiative. Its goal is to advocate for an affordable, safe, respectful and welcoming place for LGBTQ seniors to live in their golden years.
PrideLife Expo 2020
In June 2018, SAGE Raleigh succeeded at one of its most ambitious projects. SAGE Raleigh partnered with Resources for Seniors to host the very first ”Triangle Expo for LGBTQ Aging Adults.” The main purpose of the EXPO was to bring together providers of vital resources and consumers who are 50 and older. Hundreds of people received a multitude of resources, gifts, and service opportunities from our many vendors and exhibitors. Needless to say, the Triangle EXPO for LGBTQ Aging Adults was a huge success!
Building on the success of that Expo, Raleigh’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce ‘RBPN,’ SAGE Central North Carolina and RESOURCES FOR SENIORS are proud to present PrideLife Expo 2020 on April 4, 2020 for the greater Raleigh LGBTQ Community.” Be a part of Pride Life Expo, the largest ever exposition of businesses, agencies and non-profit organizations in North Carolina who want to connect with, support and serve the LGBTQ community. Produced by the Raleigh Business Professional Network (RBPN), SAGE Central North Carolina and Resources for Seniors, this will be a great opportunity for members of the LGBTQ community and exhibitors to come together.
Who we are:
RBPN, which is The Raleigh LGBT Chamber of Commerce is the local affiliate of the national Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
SAGE Central North Carolina is an affiliate of SAGEUSA, the country’s oldest and largest organization advocating for and serving the older LGBTQ population. SAGE is also a program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh.
Resources for Seniors is the largest provider of state and county funded resources for older adults in Wake County.
Who, When, and Where:
The PrideLife Expo will feature agencies, organizations, businesses, health care providers, housing providers and non-profits in the Triangle area who are welcoming, respectful, and desirous of the opportunity to connect with and serve the LGBTQ community. PrideLife EXPO will also feature non-profit agencies and organizations that deliver services specifically to the over-50 population of our community, which will be specially designated with an identifying logo.
The PrideLife Expo 2020 will be held April 4, 2020 at the McKimmon Center on the NC State University Campus at 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606. The Expo will provide over 180 vendor exhibiting opportunities.
Opportunities to Participate:
The Triangle’s LGBTQ community is diverse and shows up in large numbers to support community focused events. There are opportunities to participate as a SPONSOR, EXHIBITOR, VOUNTEER, and ATTENDEE. For full details on Raleigh’s biggest LGBTQ Expo, visit www.pridelifeexpo.org.
A special thanks to all of our sponsors for the 2020 Pride Life Expo. We certainly couldn't be doing this without you. We look forward to seeing you at the expo and engaging with the Triangle's LGBTQ+ community.
GOLDSee Additional Sponsors
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, with staff across the country, SAGE also coordinates a growing network of affiliates in the United States.
SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBTQ older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBTQ organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and provides cultural competence training through SAGECare.
In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBTQ older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBTQ life in later years.
SAGE Central North Carolina History
Originally known as the “Gay & Gray Initiative,” this program was born in the spring of 2011.
In 2013, the Gay & Gray Initiative affiliated with SAGEUSA under the name SAGE Raleigh. The organization has continued to grow exponentially as new initiatives have been implemented, and membership and participation have experienced steady growth.