Elder Resources

New York State: LGBT Organizations with Elder/Trans Programs

Capital Region

Capital Pride Center: Vintage Pride
332 Hudson Avenue Albany, NY 12210
(518) 462-6138
The Pride Center of the Capital Region (Pride Center) is dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the Capital Region. Vintage Pride connects LGBT seniors to each other and the broader community with monthly social gatherings. http://www.capitalpridecenter.org/programs-services/vintage-pride/

Jewish Family Services4
(518) 514-2023
Jewish Family Services provides a number of senior adult services, including family conferences, comprehensive assessments, care management, and supportive visits. Other specific programs include Project Five (drivers who are able to drive Jewish seniors to and from various locations) and Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC). Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC) helps people aged 60 and over age in place. NNORC staff coordinates services and community resources that help seniors maintain their quality of life and independence, access services, and remain connected to their neighborhoods. By supporting aging in place, NNORC not only helps seniors but contributes to the diversity and stability of their neighborhoods. Support services include health and wellness services, social enrichment, household maintenance, advocacy, and case management, among a number of services.

Senior Services of Albany3
(Administrative Office) Albany: 32 Essex Street; (518) 465-3322
(Nutrition & Food Service, Community Care Services, and Senior Transportation Deptartments) Albany: 20 Rensselaer St, 1st Floor; (518) 465-6465
Providing care and support to aging individuals of diverse backgrounds in Albany. Helps with providing meals, transportation for things like shopping and medical appointments, economic issues and budget/income management, making sense of government forms, insurance issues, and companionship. Has provided trainings for professionals to become more LBGT-friendly.

Central New York

SAGE Upstate1
Syracuse: 431 E Fayette St. #050
Local: (315) 478-1923; Toll Free: (888) 717-2640
SAGE Upstate is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the health and well-being of LGBTQ people in Central New York as they age. SAGE Upstate provides health and wellness programming, social activities, support groups, and a number of other services.
Trans Social: Safe space for aging trans folks. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday at 7pm.
Uzuri4: SAGE's group for LGBT people of color as they age. Meets the 2nd Friday of each month at 6:30pm. Contact: (315) 478-1923

Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center
The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center of Upstate New York (FLGEC-UNY) is one of 45 currently-funded geriatric education centers in the nation. FLGEC's mission is to improve the health care delivered to older adults through enhanced geriatric education of health and allied health professionals. The members of this consortium include public and private health training programs in upstate New York anchored by the University of Rochester Medical Center. FLGEC-UNY held a Culturally Competent Care for LGBT Elders Conference in May 2013.

Working Group on LGBT Aging
The Working Group on LGBT aging has been meeting for approximately three years and focuses on doing diversity training regarding aging issues for the LGBT community. They have done training at the Gerontology Institute, Family & Children’s Services, the Unitarian Church, the Ombudsman program of the County Office for the Aging and others. They have met with Cayuga Medical Center regarding some of their intake forms and hope to do training there soon. They are available to do presentations to any organization or home that serves the senior population. They also host pot luck suppers for older LGBT adults and feature programs that address issues which we face as we age. Pot luck suppers are usually scheduled every other month.

Hudson Valley

SAGE Hudson Valley - Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center
Kingston: 300 Wall Street
(845) 331-5300
SAGE Hudson Valley is located at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center. As a safe, supportive environment, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center provides services, professional resources, and programs that unite the LGBTQ community across lines of age, race, gender, and economics.

Long Island

SAGE Long Island1
Bay Shore, NY: 34 Park Ave.
(631) 665-2300
Garden City: 400 Garden City Plaza, Suite 110
(516) 323-0011
Advocacy, social, and supportive services for LGBT seniors. Discussion groups, Gay-Straight Alliance at Huntington Senior Center, Advisory Groups, PFLAG meetings, and trainings for providers working with LGBT seniors.

New York City

Brooklyn Community Pride Center1
310 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, New York
The Brooklyn Community Pride Center provides a safe, common space offering physical and mental health services, social support, recreational and cultural programming, as well as being a hub of information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families in Brooklyn.
Elder Pride - seeks to engage the mainstream senior population in dialogue around culturally relevant topics as a means to open up a broader dialogue about inclusiveness, aiming to address issues of isolation and companionship within the senior population. http://www.lgbtbrooklyn.org/seniors

Griot Circle4
25 Flatbush Ave., 5th Fl., Brooklyn
(718) 246-2775
Culturally diverse social and supportive services for LGBT elders 50+. Buddy program, support group for people living with HIV/AIDS, computer classes, and more.

Queens Center for Gay Seniors1
Queens Community House
74-09 37th Avenue Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 533-6459
The only community-based senior center in Queens that provides educational and recreational activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) older adults. As such, it offers a unique and much-needed borough-wide home to older LBGT adults.

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders)1
Manhattan: 305 7th Ave., 6th Fl.
(212) 741-2247
Advocacy, social and supportive services for LGBT seniors. SAGEWorks provides employment assistance; SAGECAP provides assistance and support to caregivers; SAGEConnect is an online resource library and web discussion for providers and advocates. Community Services at the LGBT Center on 13th street, including Drop-In; Discussion Series; Case Management; and Individual and Group Counseling.

SAGE Harlem123
New York: 2090 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. (7th Ave & 12th St.) Suite 201
(646) 660-8951
SAGE Harlem provides events and support to LGBT Seniors in upper Manhattan. SAGEHarlem was specifically created to improve SAGE’s responsiveness to communities of color by ensuring that LGBT elders in Harlem, East Harlem and the Bronx can benefit from culturally and linguistically appropriate services. SAGE Harlem is a Naturally Occuring Retirement Community (NORC), meaning it provides programs and services to residents right where they live—personifying the idea of "aging in place." Located in the historic former Theresa Hotel, SAGE Harlem offers bilingual information, referrals, services, programming, educational presentations and social activities for older LGBT residents in the community, and partners with local social services providers to expand access for LGBT consumers and sensitivity to their issues.

Staten Island LGBT Community Center: Golden Rainbow Club
Staten Island: 25 Victory Blvd., 3rd Floor
(718) 808-1360
The Golden Rainbow Club is a social and supportive group for LGBTQ folks ages 50 and over. The Golden Rainbow Club is a safe and friendly group that meets weekly and for additional events. Activities include: birthday celebrations, monthly potlucks, discussions, group outings, presentations by local service providers, intergenerational activities, referrals to case management and counseling, and more. Refreshments are available. The Golden Rainbow Club meets Wednesdays, 10:30 am-2:30 pm and other times for special activities.

North Country

Western New York

SAGE of the Genesee Valley: Rainbow SAGE
Rochester: 875 E Main Street #500
Contact: Kelly Clark, Director of Intergenerational Programs, gro.ecnaillayag|CylleK#gro.ecnaillayag|CylleK
(585) 244-8640
SAGE of the Genesee Valley is the major provider of social and educational programs to enhance the lives of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (GLBTI) individuals. SAGE of the Genesee Valley is a program of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. The GAGV opened the Gay Alliance Senior Center in May 2012; its hours are 11am-3pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.

National LGBT Elder Programs

Gay and Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons (GLARP)
(310) 722-1807
The Gay and Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons (GLARP) is a non-profit organization with the goal of calling attention to aging issues in the LGBT community. The organization has helped with finding and constructing LGBT elder-friendly housing in the Palm Springs, CA area in particular.

Rainbow Vision Properties
Rainbow Vision Properties, Inc. seeks groups willing to develop senior communities to meet the needs of progressive values and mission driven properties of diversity. These communities would include green sustainability, affordable senior living, and those that may be non-mainstream and spiritually based. There have been over forty properties across the United States that have worked to have same values as Rainbow Vision, inc. Contact CEO Joy Silver (via e-mail) for help with concept creation, financing consultancy, development and/or management for progressive senior living.

Transgender Aging Network (TAN)
The Transgender Aging Network (TAN) exists to improve the lives of current and future trans/SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) elders by: Identifying, promoting communication among, and enhancing the work of researchers, service providers, educators, advocates, elders and others who are interested in trans/SOFFA aging issues; Promoting awareness of concerns, issues, and realities of trans/SOFFA aging among service providers, researchers, advocates, health care professionals, the lesbian/gay/bisexual and trans communities, and other relevant audiences; Advocating for policy changes in public and private institutions, services, organizations, programs, etc. to provide better access for and respectful and appropriate treatment of trans/SOFFA elders; and Providing communication channels through which trans/SOFFA elders can give and receive support and information. TAN is a project of the National Center on LGBT Aging, headed by SAGE.

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