SAGE, which has welcomed myself and thousands of other LGBTQ+ older adults, providing us vital resources for this stage in our lives.

However, with the community of LGBTQ+ elders estimated to double in size by 2030, we need more places like SAGE to help the LGBTQ+ elders today and the many generations that will follow us.We must not lose sight of the importance of aging with pride and independence.

It’s this mentality that started Stonewall — and countless other civil rights efforts — leading to improvements for the entire LGBTQ+ community over the past 50 years, something pioneers like myself could have only dreamed of seeing back then.My mantra is “I’m living my best life,” and I’ll continue to live by that optimism.