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about programs in areas outside of Syracuse?

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to know more about

our work in counties

outside of Onondaga? Visit the

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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

For Your Health


Awareness Month 

Community News

Straddling Oceans with Vanessa Johnson, Resilience with Les Wright, workshops with the Office for Aging, and more

LGBTQ History : Early 1980s Mobilizing


In the face of government inaction, HIV/AIDS activists, artists, and medical professionals responded to the crisis, aided by the courage of those who went public with their diagnosis, despite the stigma attached to the disease. Read more at the LGBTQ History page here.

Here's a podcast you might want to follow -- “Coming of Age During the 1970s” by Eric Marcus, author of Making Gay History. It's a six part podcast that tells the story of the unfolding of our national gay rights struggle and of the activists, allies, and foes that defined that decade. Eric provides glimpses of how he came to define himself too during these formative years. You can listen to the first episode now, called “A Surge of Energy.” 

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Register to walk or run the CNY GAY 5K 

The 8th Annual CNY Gay 5K will be held at Longbranch at Onondaga Lake Park. For more info and to register:

The LGBTQ+ movement in Central New York - 1950s – 2020s


 History cannot fully record the LGBTQ+ liberation era in Central New York through news coverage of major events and legislative documents alone. If future generations are to fully understand the challenges we have had to endure in our lifetimes, then what we really need is to preserve our own voices and the stories of our LGBTQ+ lives. When we bring together the vast and varied accounts of our own experiences, we can help to paint a rich and full picture of our history. SAGE Upstate now offers an opportunity to record our stories and experiences in an archival collection of interviews. Our lives are all part of a collective history that we can preserve, weaving a richer and more colorful description of this period. Adding your voice to the history of our community is easy to do. Gary Fitzgerald and Will Doswell have created an archive of video interviews which will be preserved on the SAGE Upstate website. A prep meeting helps to establish the format for your story, and interviews (15-20 minutes) will be moderated by Gary and recorded on zoom. In the current era of new challenges to our rights and freedoms we see a future that will again face some of the same trails we have long endured. By telling our stories and preserving those accounts for posterity, we can give hope, courage and understanding to those coming after us.

Interested in sharing your story?

Contact Will Doswell or Gary Fitzgerald (

You can also call SAGE at 315-478-1923


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All films are now available for single ticket sales at

$8 per ticket, $28 for the complete series

Package ticket sales are from the Film Series page 

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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For Your Health

Here are some facts about alcohol and aging.

The effects of alcohol change as we age.

 As we grow older, we may feel the effects of alcohol more strongly without increasing the amount we drink. Older women seem to be more sensitive than men to the effects of alcohol. Over the years, some of us may develop a harmful reliance on alcohol later in life, sometimes as a result of major life changes.

Alcohol's effect on our bodies

Drinking too much alcohol over a long time can lead to some kinds of cancer, liver damage, immune system disorders, and brain damage. Alcohol can worsen some health conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, ulcers, memory loss, and mood disorders. Diagnosing and treating illnesses may be complicated by alcohol use. Heart and blood vessel changes or memory loss can be related to drinking. Or ... they are signs of heart disease, stroke, or Alzhimer's.

Alcohol and Medicine

Before taking any medicine, ask your doctor if it is safe for you to drink. Here are some examples of potential dangers caused by mixing alcohol with some medicines:

  • If you take aspirin and drink, your risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding increases.

  • When combined with alcohol, cold and allergy medicines (antihistamines) may make you feel very sleepy.

  • Alcohol used with large doses of acetaminophen, a common painkiller, may cause liver damage.

  • Some medicines, such as cough syrups and laxatives, have a high alcohol content. If you simultaneously drink alcohol, that will add to the effects.

  • Alcohol used with some sleeping pills, pain pills, or anxiety/anti-depression medicine can be deadly.


See the full article and more at the National Institute on Aging here.

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