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SAGE Upstate

romotes the well-being of older gay, lesbian,

bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning people

in CNY through health programs, socials, support

groups, & education. 

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New Staffr, Lunch & Learn, 5K

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For Your Health

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 


Community News

Black Cuse Pride Meet-Ups

We had 6 fine chilis to taste at this year's cook off, and the votes were so close that we had a 3-way tie shared by Karen Bowman, Trish  Johnson,  and Darren Nichols. Thanks to all of our chili cookers ((L-R in picture) Trish, Valerie Grant, Karen, Ron Baldwin, Laura Massiucca, and Darren. And, thanks go to our cornbread bakers: Tim Lattimore,  Cindy Lester, and Leslie Lamb (who was there with us at the last Chili Cook Off in 2020, and back this year),

Thanks to all who came out for the Chili Cook Off


LGBTQ History


Have you checked out our LGBTQ History page? On it you'll find articles and pictures about our past, including people, places, milestones and music. These stories are curated by SAGE Upstate Board Chair Margaret Himley, Professor of Writing and LGBT Studies (emerita). Find them here.

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Program news

new staff at sage

Leslie Lamb has been hired as Program Director. In this role she will coordinate existing programs and develop new programs to meet needs. In addition, she will oversee the work of four "Ambassadors" who will focus on inclusivity and increasing access to SAGE programs and resources. If her name sounds familiar, it's because Leslie was SAGE Upstate Program Coordinator from 2018 -2020. Leslie will start on Monday, March 20.

Jerra Loomis has been hired as Office Administrator. In this role he will coordinate the organization's day to day business, maintain the drop in center, and manage the SAGE Upstate database, which records information on donors and participants. Jerra starts the 2nd week of April.

Stay tuned -- more info to come!

What's on your mind? We'd like to know ...

Needs assessment surveY

 We'd like to know about what you need to age healthy and strong. Please help us serve older LGBTQ people by responding to the 2023 SAGE Upstate Needs Assessment. On average, it takes around 20 minutes to complete it and it will make a difference for the months and years ahead.  The survey is anonymous and confidential, and you can skip questions. We will be happy to have whatever information you want to give us. Please note that the survey is designed for all aging LGBTQ people in Central New York --  those who have participated in SAGE Upstate programs, AND those who have not.

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CNY Gay 5K: June 17

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual CNY Gay 5K -- don't miss the early bird rates ($25 through March 25). The event will be held at Longbranch at Onondaga Lake Park. 

To register:

LGBTQ Veterans: 

Join us for SAGEVets March 28 for a meal, socializing and a presentation on the Restoration of Honor Act. Featuring Bryan Ellicott, SAGEVets statewide coordinator. To RSVP: 315-478-1923 or

Lunch & Learn:

Smart Devices

Learn about your smart device, what it can do and the best way to do it.  Please RSVP by Friday, 2/17 to Trish, including dietary restrictions: 315-478-1923  or 

SAGE friends meet 3 times per month at local restaurants. 

*Now all are held on Thursdays. This month's restaurants:

Dinner on First Thursday: 3/2, 6:00 pm, Eva’s Eurpoean Sweets.

1305 Milton Ave. in Syracuse
Breakfast on Second Thursday
3/9,  9:30 am, Finally Ours, 3788 W Seneca Turnpike in Syracuse
Lunch on the 3rd Thursday
3/16 12:30 pm, Jake Hafner’s, 5224 W Taft Rd in North Syracuse,
To arrange for your seat at the table, RSVP to Ron or contact Kim at 315-478-1923 or

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For Your Health

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month -- Talk About It

The facts below are not the easiest things to slide into conversation. Usually, you need to be direct -- but you should do that.

Maybe you know all there is to know about Colon Cancer, but do your friends? Talking about it could save someone's life. 

Regular screening is one of the most powerful tools in preventing colorectal cancer.


People with average risk should start regular screenings at age 45.

People with personal or family history of colon cancer should talk to their doctor about when and how often to screen.

Your risk  increases as you age

People with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for colorectal cancer.

Screening can allow for early detection and a higher survival rate. For example, if found before it has spread elsewhere in the body, five year survival rates can be as high as 91%. 

Lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking, losing weight, exercising, eating well and being active can lower your risk.

There are a lot of factors involved in reducing risk and finding out when to screen. It's important to talk to your health care provider to see what is best for you. Talk to your friends and family too. For more info:


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