Monthly Archives: May 2011

Jersey City SAGE opens

Hudson Pride Connections Center is the site of New Jersey’s first SAGE.

The SAGE launched on May 19, 2011, with funding from the Hudson County Department of Community Development.  For more information, see their website at http://hudsonpride.org/programs-services/pride-connections/lgbt-seniors/

Briefing on Federal LGBT Aging Issues, Local Initiatives

SAGE New York will be sponsoring an innovative, online-accessible event this coming Sunday, May 22nd, that will include an introduction to the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and a summary of federal policy advocacy initiatives.

The event – which will take place at 208 West 13th Street in New York City, if you want to attend in person – will be simulcast live beginning at 2:30 Eastern time at http://www.livestream.com/sageusa

If you’re more interested in local programming than federal policy, there will be plenty of interest to you, too.  Other topics to be covered during the 3-hour event include a segment on how SAGE affiliates are formed, an overview of the community services SAGE offers in New York City, and an introduction to the new, 14-member SAGE USA Advisory Council, including a description of how it was formed.

Both online and in-person participants are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event, by writing an email to sworthington [at] sageusa [dot] org.  If you’re not available this Sunday, you won’t be left out: SAGE intends to post the video on its own website, http://www.sageusa.org/, sometime next week.

Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Documentary

Want to support a key resource-in-development?  Consider the Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project, a documentary being produced by filmmaker Tiona McClodden and Lisa C. Moore, publisher of Red Bone Press.  It will feature Black lesbians in their 60s, 70s, and 80s.

If you live in New York City, consider attending some of their fundraisers.  If you don’t live in NYC, consider making other types of contributions.  You can read more about this project at http://ubleproject.tumblr.com/ or check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Untitled-Black-Lesbian-Elder-Project/200050120031034

I.D.A.H.O. — May 17

May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, shortened to IDAHO.  The day was selected because in 1990, that was the day that the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses, but by coincidence that is also the date — in 2004 — that the first U.S. same-sex marriages were made legal, in Massachusetts.

For more information about IDAHO, go to http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org/-IDAHO-english,41-

Hospice Training on LGBT People

The Hospice Foundation of America, with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has produced a free, online, 30-minute training on LGBT issues for hospice workers.

It, along with a list of related resources and a link for people who want to execute important end-of-life documents, is available at http://www.hospicefoundation.org/hic-lgbt

New York City Couple of 61 Years Wants to Marry

It’s always been a hallmark of the same-sex marriage effort: the pictures of older couples who have stayed together for years and now want recognition of their commitment.  The first couple married in California, for instance, were Del Martin, 83, and Phyllis Lyon, 79, who had been together 51 years.

John Mace, 91, and Richard Adrian Dorr, 83, who have been together 61 years, have them beat by a decade.  These two New Yorkers were featured in a May 11, 2011, New York Times article entitled, “After 60 Years, an Unfaded Desire to Make It ‘Legal’.”  Both voice teachers, the two have “taught the likes of Bette Midler, Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Kim Basinger and Marsha Mason,” and are still teaching.  They’ve joined with Freedom to Marry to help advocate for legalized gay marriage.

They’ve been urged b y friends to travel to another state to get married, but Mace says, “…[W]e’ve always been New Yorkers, and after 61 years of togetherness, we feel we have a right to be married in New York.”

The article is available at http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/after-60-years-an-unfaded-desire-to-make-it-legal/

Library of Congress Displays Pioneering Gay Rights Petition

In 1957, Frank Kameny was fired as a government astronomer because, a 1966 letter from the head of the U.S. Civil Service Commission under President Lyndon B. Johnson explained, his homosexuality caused “revulsion of other employees.”  Displaying the tenacious ferocity he still shows now at age 85, Kameny reacted by petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court for redress.

That petition is currently on display at the Library of Congress, as part of its ongoing “Creating the United States” exhibit tracing the evolution of the nation’s founding documents and legal frameworks.  The current exhibit also displays the federal government’s 1966 response.  If you’re in Washington, D.C., the display is in the Southwest Gallery, on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building on 1st Street, S.E.  These particular documents are expected to be on display for approximately four months.

If you can’t get to D.C. (or even if you can), there’s a treasure trove of Kameny papers online, at http://www.kamenypapers.org/.  In 2007, Kameny donated 50,000 items to the Library of Congress, documenting over 50 years of the gay rights movement.  Many of these documents and pictures are available at this website.