Happy Pride Month!

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For Your Health

Stay safe in the heat


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How much do you know about Stonewall?

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SAGE Upstate promotes the well-being of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Central New York through health programs, socials, support groups, & education. 

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CNY Pride Parade and Festival/ Soul of Pride

Saturday June 25, Inner Harbor

Parade: 11:00 - 5:00      Festival 12:00 - 5:00

Soul of Pride 12:00 - 5:00

See more info here or at cnypride.org

March with SAGE in the parade

Look for our banner at line-up

Stop at our booth at the festival

We thank our 5K sponsors

You can still register for the CNY Gay 5K


Sign up virtually through June 30. Proceeds benefit SAGE Upstate. More info here.

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Now through July 8, 2022; Artist Talk June 16, 7:00 pm;  Dedicated to Community Organizer and Black Proletarian Feminist Nikeeta Slade

This portrait series by New York City based artist, Gabriel García Román  honors Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) specifically activists, community organizers, poets and artists; members of the community that are doing the work and bringing attention to issues that affect the QTPOC community. Garcia Roman has created 10 new works featuring 10 inspiring QTPOC from Syracuse: Tim Lattimore (you may know Tim from writers group, knitters group crafting, or as SAGE volunteer), Kyle Bass, Ellen M. Blalock, Sara Hagan, Jose Miguel Hernandez, Hunter Kusak,  Jason Ngo, Rahzie Seals, Talia Shenandoah (Harlow Holiday), and Fabiola Ortiz Valdezat. More info here.

Photos -- Top: SAGE Volunteer Tim Lattimore stands with Louise Thompson and Al Shields in front of his Queer Icons portrait; Bottom: Local Icons at opening on June 4.

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For Your Health


Older Adults are more vulnerable to heat

For everyone going to the Pride Parade and Festival this weekend, or anywhere in the summer heat -- stay safe. People at highest risk include people 65 and older and people with chronic diseases. Why? Our bodies don't adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature. Chronic health conditions certain medications can also change how our bodies respond to heat. 

When you're out in the heat:

  • Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day (don’t wait until you feel thirsty) and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

  • Take breaks from the heat -- get in the shade if you can't go indoors

  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing in light colored cotton so it’s easy to adjust to the temperature throughout the day by removing or adding layers.

  • Stay away from direct sun exposure as much as possible. Remember to use sunscreen and reapply it as indicated on the package.

  • Eat light, cold foods like fresh fruit, uncooked vegetables, and popsicles 

  • Place a cool cloth on the back of the neck and re-cool the towel as often as you are able.

In general:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned location as much as possible.

  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.

  • Check on friends or neighbors during extremely hot days and have someone do the same for you.

  • Sit with feet in a pan of cool (but not too cold) water.

  • Keep the house as cool as possible by keeping shades and drapes closed during the hottest part of the day

  • Visit a public cooling centers like a recreation center, senior center, library, or shopping mall.

  • Take a cool shower, bath, or washcloth wipe-down. For maximum cooling, keep the water just below body temperature. 

  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

Find more info from the CDC here.

Click here to find out about upcoming health classes and presentations, including 

Caring for Persons with Late Stage Dementia, and Prepare to Care: Caregiving 101 here

More info on health issues here


Protect Our Safe Spaces


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Celebrate Hate Free Zones

As LGBTQ elders, we are joining the fight to protect all LGBTQ people from the bigotry and cruelty that has spawned the introduction of anti-LGBTQ laws all around the country. The "Hate Free Zone flyer, created by Amy Bartell, is available for pick up in the SAGE Upstate Center. We hope you'll come and get one to post in a Hate Free Zone you know of.

If you'd like to support organizations helping LGBT people in the areas affected by new laws, here's a list:

Transgender Youth in Texas https://www.txtranskids.org/

Equality Texas https://linktr.ee/EqualityTexas

ACLU https://www.aclu.org/

Lambda Legal https://www.lambdalegal.org/ ww.glsen.org/

The Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

National LGBTQ Task Force https://www.thetaskforce.org/

Equality Florida https://www.eqfl.org/

PFLAG https://pflag.org/

GLSEN https://www.glsen.org/


The Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Human Rights Campaign https://www.hrc.org/

National LGBTQ Task Force https://www.thetaskforce.org/

Equality Florida https://www.eqfl.org/

PFLAG https://pflag.org/

GLSEN https://www.glsen.org/


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Project Open Book

schools – at no cost. Joshua Lambert, the founder, identifies as a cisgender gay man who struggled in high school to connect with what he was reading at home and at school. He found stories he could connect to and feel empowered by – and that sense of belonging is what he wants for other LGBTQ youth. Books give them a sense of community as they start their journey of self-discovery. Project Open Books has a free library of beautiful queer books. All a person or school has to do is submit a book request – and they will receive the book for free. POB also provides free guidance and activities for educators to use in their classrooms. Look for more information about Project Open Books, as SAGE Upstate is looking for ways to partner with this project and support its much-needed mission. For more information, visitprojectopenbooks.com.

At a time when there is a national effort to shut down and devalue the lives and experiences of LGBTQ folks, Project Open Books provides a powerful counterforce. This charitable organization purchases age-appropriate LGBTQ books to provide for readers – at home, in 

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This is interesting ...


How much do you know about Stonewall?


We all know that the Stonewall Riots is seen as the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. But did you know that the police actually had to lock themselves inside the Stonewall Inn to get away from the protestors? The first night of protests (there were several) ended at around 4:00 am and miraculously no one died or was critically injured. On the second night the riot raged again and police beat and tear gassed protestors. The Village Voice story on the uprising referred to protestors as "the forces of faggotry." And, one year later the first Gay Pride March was held in New York City. Find out more at History.com.