Lance Bass, Andy Cohen, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Lynch, Janet Mock, Sarah Paulson, Sia and Zachary Quinto are lending their voices to raise awareness about SAGE Table.
SAGE Table will bring LGBT people from all generations together at the dinner table. Exploring what caring for one another will look like when age no longer divides us, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the organization behind the one-day event happening on May 18.
SAGE seeks to improve the lives of older members of the queer community. Founded in 1978, the national organization offers support services and consumer resources to older LGBTQ adults and their caregivers. They drive public policy change that meets the specific needs of their members while providing training for aging providers and LGBTQ organizations.
This is how it works. You can sign up to you host your own Sage Table. Or, you can join one that is already happening in your community. If you’re hosting your own, you can either keep it invite-only, or it open up to the public to join.
If your nervous about hosting, don’t worry. SAGE asks that you do three simple things: create an intergenerational gathering, share food and have a conversation. They even offer icebreakers and a discussion guide to help lead the conversation.
So long as you have a more than one generation represented at the table, some grub and some chit chat: you’re good to go.
In a short video, celebrities like Zachary Quinto and Sarah Paulson stress the importance of becoming involved with this important initiative.
“It works like this,” Quinto says in the video. “Go to SageTable.org and sign up to host a breakfast, lunch or dinner. It can be as easy as a potluck or as fancy as a tale at a five-star restaurant. All that matters is that your table is age-diverse. And if you don’t feel like hosting, go to sagetable.org and join somebody else’s SAGE Table.”
Paulson says, “SAGE is an organization that fights for LGBT elders, and there’s a missing link – you.”