A little over two years ago, everyone at NOAGE was very proud when we became an affiliate (the first and only one in the Deep South) of SAGE, the world’s oldest and largest organization devoted to services and advocacy for LGBTQ+ older adults. However, several months ago we were informed that SAGE has made the decision to discontinue their current affiliate structure. By the end of this year, there will no longer be SAGE affiliates in any part of the United States, other than in New York and Florida.
Although they have not yet made any public announcements about this change, SAGE has notified current affiliate leaders that they are working to develop a new partnership model that they plan to announce later this year. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with them (albiet in a different form), and we appreciate the ongoing support from their Director of Coalition and Capacity Building, Reynaldo Mireles, as we make this transition. (On a personal note, I am deeply grateful for all the relationships I’ve developed with so many amazing people – too numerous to mention! – at SAGE and its affiliate organizations.)
While this development was unexpected, NOAGE is very pleased to view it as an opportunity to strengthen our current partnerships with local organizations and groups, and to develop new ones. We remain fully committed to our mission of ensuring that LGBTQ+ older adults in the New Orleans metro area can live their best possible lives with the dignity, respect, and good health that they deserve. So, although we will no longer be a SAGE affiliate, NOAGE isn’t going anywhere!
NOAGE Board Election Results
Last month, we hosted our annual supporting membership appreciation party and board elections at CrescentCare. Members of the 2022 NOAGE Board of Directors include: Frank Abbruscato, Derrin Bergeron, Tyra Ellis, Joe Kimbrell, Christin Lawrence, Tony Leggio, Jeff Morgan, Laurie Richmond, Rodney Thoulion, and Ed Trapido. (New officer positions will be announced next month.)
Upcoming NOAGE Events/Services
Potluck Dinner: Wednesday, May 18, 6:30-8:00PM, at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1313 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA
CLICK HERE to RSVP. Come to eat, network, and make new friends! Please bring a dish (entrées, meats, sides, soups, salads or vegan/vegetarian dishes, desserts, etc.), and please also consider bringing non-perishable food items for St. Anna’s Food Pantry. The event is in St. Anna’s Parish House. Please enter from the back door, which is accessible from the Marais St. side of the building, by the parking lot.
Saturday, May 21, 10:30AM, at CrescentCare (2nd Floor Conference Room), 1631 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA
Guest Moderator: Liz Dunnebacke. Coffee and refreshments will be provided at this discussion group. Please NOTE: the front door will be locked, so you must enter the building via the ground floor parking lot, which can be access from the Derbigny St. side of the building. From the parking lot, take the elevator to the 2nd floor, and we’ll be on the first door to your right.
Book Club: I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir, by Harvey Fierstein. Tuesday, May 31, 6:00PM. 3455 Camp St., New Orleans, LA
Our book club’s May 2022 selection is I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir, by Harvey Fierstein. We will meet to discuss the book on Tuesday, May 31, 6:00PM, at 3455 Camp St., New Orleans (entrance is on the Aline St. side).
Movie Night: Swan Song. Wednesday, June 1, 7:00PM, at Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge, 6621 St. Claude Ave., Arabi, LA.
CLICK HERE to RSVP (Required for Admission). We’re kicking off Pride Month with a FREE screening of Swan Song, a film by Todd Stephens, starring Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans, and Michael Urie. Admission is free, but RSVP via Eventbrite is required. (There’s no need to print out your tickets; we’ll have a list of everyone who RSVP’d at the event.) Film Description: “An aging hairdresser escapes his nursing home to embark on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead woman’s hair for her funeral, rediscovering his sparkle along the way.” From Queerty: “Swan Song finds Stephens moving into more mature territory, and with delightful results: this is his best movie to date…Featuring fine supporting turns from Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Jonah Blechman (Another Gay Movie) and national treasure Jennifer Coolidge, we recommend Swan Song for its beautiful blend of humor, heart and history. Call it a walk to remember.”
Mondays at 6:00PM, at Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA
Our weekly walking group meets in the parking area on the Magazine St. entrance to Audubon Park’s jogging path. We start walking promptly at 6:00PM, and parking is limited due to road work in the area, so be sure to arrive a little early.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at our outreach tables at various Pride events in the coming month!