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Did You Know That May 16th. Is National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day? I Thought Not.

Did You Know That May 16th. Is National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day? I Thought Not.

Who knew? LGBT Elders finally get their due.

May 16th is recognized as National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day. This day is dedicated to honoring and recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by LGBT elders, who have played an important role in advancing the rights of the LGBT community throughout history.

This day was first celebrated in 2015, when SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) launched the initiative to honor LGBT elders. SAGE is an organization that provides support and advocacy services for LGBT elders in the United States.

There are an estimated 3 million+ LGBT adults over the age of 55 throughout the U.S. Many are marginalized. All deserve our gratitude.

The purpose of National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is to raise awareness about the issues faced by LGBT elders and to recognize their resilience, bravery, and contributions to society. It is also a day to reflect on the progress that has been made in advancing LGBT rights and to acknowledge the work that still needs to be done.

“It’s important to celebrate elders every day,” said Sam McClure, director of the Center for LGBTQ Health Equity, which continued the national day of recognition in Baltimore in 2016. “Respect for those with more experience is an essential element of civility. In intergenerational dialogues, we discover we have differing opinions based on our experiences and perspectives. I love seeing Elders and youth learning from each other.”

National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is a day to celebrate and recognize the contributions of LGBT elders, honor their resilience and bravery, and acknowledge the work that still needs to be done to ensure equality and justice for all members of the LGBT community and especially those who helped fight tooth and nail for it.

NYC Opens Stonewall House Its First Ever LGBT-Welcoming Senior Housing

NYC Opens Stonewall House Its First Ever LGBT-Welcoming Senior Housing

Stonewall House in Brooklyn, NY is the city’s first LGBT-welcoming senior housing opened this weekend. Its population will be roughly 50 per cent LGBT and 50 per cent straight.

Via The Daily Beast:

The Daily Beast exclusively reported on the construction of Stonewall House in March. It is the largest such development in the country, and its construction has been overseen by BFC Partners, the developer of Stonewall House, in partnership with SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. The stars and stripes and the rainbow flag both fly proudly at the top of Stonewall House.

“In 2019, in this 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall uprising, we couldn’t think of a better name for the first building of this kind,” Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE, told The Daily Beast. “People will be able to live their lives freely and openly in this building. We see our elders as heroes and want them to be treated as such when living in their own homes. That’s what we want to accomplish with this building.”

Stonewall House will provide affordable housing for individuals over 62 years of age who earn 60 percent or less of the area median income. The development of Stonewall House evolved alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio placing an emphasis on developing LGBT-friendly housing for elders as part his housing plan for New York City.

SAGE will also operate the SAGE Center Brooklyn at Stonewall House, a 7,000 square-foot community center located on the property’s ground floor.

It is estimated that 2.4 million LGBT older adults over 50 live in the United States, and that number is expected to double by 2030.