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Oswego Group: Fourth Sunday, 2 pm

Join other SAGErs in Oswego for discussion and socializing. 


Oswego Group: Time: 4th Sunday, 02:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 3206 5529
Join by phone: 929 205 6099          Passcode: 1969

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I think we are all probably tired of looking out our windows. The best remedy will be getting out of the house more when it's safer. Until then, you can "Open a New Window" right here. Just x out of pop up ads and click on "open a new window somewhere in the world." And it's not just a static picture -- you'll see people walking, cars driving, waves crashing and branches in the breeze. You might look out on Thailand; maybe Spain -- want to look out another window? just click on "open a new window somewhere in the world" again. Enjoy!


Lunch & Learn: Smart Devices

Tuesday, 4/25 Learn about your smart device, what it can do and the best way to do it.  Please RSVP by Friday, 4/21 to Trish, including dietary restrictions: 315-478-1923  or 

Program news

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What you should know about Monkey Pox 

Lunch & Learn: Dismantling Ageism: Rescheduled for Friday, March 3, 3 pm This one-hour workshop is designed to raise awareness about ageism, how it appears in our lives, and what we can do to dismantle it. Please RSVP by Friday, 2/17 to Trish, including dietary restrictions: 315-478-1923  or 

LGBTQ History :
United in anger and committeed to direct action to end the AIDS Crisis

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ACT UP, or AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, was founded in NYC in 1987 as a political action group in response to the AIDS crisis ( Through powerful direct actions, ACT UP challenged corporate greed, social indifference, and government negligence. 

Read more on the Queer History Page here.

“Coming of Age During the 1970s” is a 6-part podcast tells the story of the unfolding of our national gay rights struggle and of the activists, allies, and foes that defined that decade. 

For Your Health


Tips on protecting yourself: 
1. Get vaccinated for mpox
2. Talk with your sexual partners about rashes or other mpox symptoms and if so, seek testing and treatment.
3. Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other mpox-related symptoms.
4. If you are exposed to mpox or experience symptoms, reach out to a healthcare provider.
5. Follow reputable sources of health info, including NYSDOH, CDC, and your local county health department.







The NYS Department of Health is encouraging New Yorkers to start or complete their two-dose mpox vaccine series. The most impacted community in the outbreak a year ago was men who have sex with men and immunocompromised individuals. Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said,"This year, while mpox cases are extremely low in New York, cases continue to be diagnosed here in New York and around the globe and there is still a risk of resurgence. We are taking proactive measures now to encourage those at risk to get fully vaccinated." 

Reach out to a local health department or one of the following providers to make an appointment to be vaccinated. 

Central New York: ACR Health,, 315-475-2430 

Southern Tier: STAP,


Western New York: Evergreen Health Services, Inc., 716-847-2441

Finger Lakes: Trillium Health,, 585-545-7200


Crowd with Masks

COVID is once again prevalent in our community.

If you are feeling ill, please stay home.

We have masks and hand sanitizer for program participants to use -- find them located on a table near the front door. All participants are free to use them and/or maintain social distance. 


For more on COVID, visit the CDC website here

New COVID guidelines -- September 2023 -- can be found here.

Gender Blend for Trans Communities

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For more info, you an email or call (315) 478-1923 to reach Johna Melius, our SAGE Upstate Ambassador to Trans Communities. Johna also facilitates "GenderBlend" (formerly the Trans Social), which meets every 3rd Saturday at 7 pm in person and on Zoom, and also planning other activities. Find the link for GenderBlend here


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 Tim Lattimore, (pictured above) is the SAGE Upstate Ambassador to LGBTQIA+ BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities, is planning safe, social and affirming programs, such as community discussions, and social gatherings. Tim says, "IDENTITY  symbolizes the idea of being able to be yourself and speak your mind without judgment, ridicule, or fear. The program  is a safe space that YOU get to create."  He wants to hear from from you. Email to, or leave a message with Leslie (315) 478-1923

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