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SAGE News:

Lunch & Learn

Go to the theater

25 year anniversary

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For Your Health

Get your COVID booster!


Community News

Classes and events


SAGE Upstate promotes the well-being of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender

people in CNY through health programs, socials, support groups, & education. 

This Week In LGBTQ History: 

1974 debate on 

"Marriage between Homosexuals"

Should Marriage Between Homosexuals Be Permitted?  This was the topic of a 1974 debate featured on The Advocates, a series of debates recorded at Boston's Faneuil Hall. Here activists Frank Kameny and Elaine Noble make a brilliant and amusing case for marriage, and rebut effectively the cultural myths of the day. It's a fun way to spend an hour. See the video and the transcript on the LGBTQ History Page here.  

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COVID booster

out -- have you gotten yours? 

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Care to join us? SAGE will provide individual boxed lunches. Please RSVP with Trish, and include dietary restrictions: tjohnson@sageupstate.org

or text/call 315-282-5428. 

Lunch & Learn: Medicare Annual Enrollment

9/27, 11:30 am in the SAGE Upstate Center

Medicare Open Enrollment Enrollment is coming up in October. This month's Lunch & Learn gives us tools and information to enroll. Taylor Frawley, Aging Specialist at the Ondondaga County Deprartment of Long Term Care Services, will discuss Medicare in general, what's new for 2022, choosing the right plan, and more to get you ready for enrollment. Join us Thursday, September 27 at 11:30 am in the SAGE Upstate Center. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP (deadline Friday, 9/23) to Trish, including any dietary restrictions. Email to  tjohnson@sageupstate.org or call/text to 315-282-5428. 


SAGE friends meet 3 times per month at local restaurants-- once for dinner, once for breakfast, and once for lunch. Would you like to receive emails about these events? Contact Kim at 315-478-1923 or kdill@sageupstate.org.

Your info will be passed on to Ron, who leads these groups.

9/21: Lunch, 12:30 pm, Olive Garden (3147 Erie Blvd East) Next lunch 10/19

Next Dinner: 10-6, 6 pm at Tulum (Mexican food)

Next Breakfast: 10-12, 9:30 am at Gem Diner

Coming Up: Sunday Brunch at Wolf's Den 10-23, 12:30 pm

To arrange for your seat at the table, RSVP to Ron or contact Kim at 315-478-1923 or kdill@sageupstate.org.

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Unclobber Discussion Group: Interested in a conversation about how the Bible has been misused in relation to homosexuality? All participants receive a copy of the book to read and explore during  this 8-week discussion program, which starts October 4 at 7 pm, and will be held at the Oneida Public Library, 459 Main St, Oneida. RSVP to Trish at tjohnson@sageupstate.org. Space is limited. 

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Second Sunday With SAGE -- Open House

Join us in the Center for an Open House with refreshments

on Sunday, 10-9, 2 - 4 pm

SAGE is 25! How would you like to celebrate? We are reaching out to people who have been involved in SAGE over the years to hear stories and get ideas about how to commemorate this milestone. Would you like to help us plan? Do you have a story to share? Do you have any pictures you could share with us? Contact Kim and she will pass your info on to the committee: kdill@sageupstate.org or 315-4787-1923


SAGE at the Theater:  SAGE has been working with Redhouse Arts Center to get matinee discounts for SAGE folks. Contact Kim for more info or to sign up: 

kdill@sageupstate.org or 315-478-1923

At Redhouse Arts Center, it's a performance of Angels in America on October on 15 or 22. The group cost is $35, but our benefactor will take $15 off. You can reserve your seat for $20. If that's still too much, let us know and we can help. 



History: SU is working on Queer Oral histories, and SAGE is looking at doing a Visual History of our organization.  Would you like to tell your story? Let us know. kdill@sageupstate.org or 315-478-1923

For videos of past programs, go to the videos page here

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For Your Health


Are you up to date with COVID Boosters? 

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Find info on where to get a booster at vaccines.gov

You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC. COVID-19 booster shot is an additional dose of vaccine to help maintain a level of immunity for longer. CDC advises people to get the same booster as their initial vaccine but allows people to “mix and match” due to availability or preference. Learn more here about boosters. A Second Booster is given at least 4 months after the first booster. You can get your flu shot and vaccine at the same time. More information is available at the Onondaga County Health Department here, and the NYS Health Department here. If you would like information from Health Departments in other CNY Counties, find information in the article below. 


Outside of NYC, statewide cases are at 291 as of September 14. Anyone can get the virus, but the hardest group in the US are men who have sex with men. Check with your County Health Department for information on vaccines and tests as they become available. If you have difficulty getting answers, please contact us: 315-478-1923 or kdill@sageupstate.orgFind tips on how to avoid getting the virus here