Is Somebody Bringing the Lentils to the SAGE Table? Is It You?

SAGE, the U.S.’s biggest and longest running advocacy organization for LGBT elders, is doing a really special, really essential thing on May 18. It’s called SAGE Table and it’s a chance for young queer folks to come together and share a meal with elders from the community. You can be a part of it by either hosting your own table or joining one of the 171 tables already planned around the country. Brunch in Saratoga! Borscht and bread and a fire pit in Anchorage! Potluck dinner in Tallahassee! As the Trump administration seeks to erase LGBT people from two different annual government surveys that determine the needs of older Americans, it’s time for us to reinforce our bonds between generations.

But don’t take my word for it; Whoopi Goldberg, Judith Light, Jane Lynch, Janet Mock, Sarah Paulson, Holland Taylor, and Sia also think you should be a part of this very important thing, too.

We want to shine an extra special light on this event, so if you attend a SAGE Table, we’d love for you to take some photos and write about your experience for an Autostraddle roundtable. Tell us where you shared a meal, what you ate, who you met, tell us what you learned and what we can do to continue to support the LGBT folks who paved the way for us. To participate, email me (heather at autostraddle dot com) by May 25th with the subject SAGE TABLE. I’ll compile our readers’ stories together!

In the meantime, you can team up with SAGE to fight back against Trump’s plan to erase LGBT elders by joining their letter writing campaign.

I can’t wait to hear your stories!

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. i am SO excited for this. now i just need to figure out how to gt out of my meeting in time to drive from davis to sac in Hell Traffic.

  2. I’m interested in this as it has Janet Mock and Whoopi Goldberg, both of whom are awesome!

    • Whoopi Goldberg is a piece of shit who thinks raping 13 year old girls is no big deal.

  3. I honestly keep forgetting that Whoopi ISN’T a gay elder
    This is so amazing, though! After spending Valentine’s in a lesbian elder-heavy town this year, I was overcome with how powerful it was for me to interact with my elders and see them thriving and talk to them about the past, present, and future. Alllllll about this.

  4. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I NEVER want to see Whoopi “It’s not RAPE-rape” Goldberg on the front page of Autostraddle. Until she explains and apologizes for her comments she is dead to me. If someone goes to one of these please ask her how drugging and raping a 13 year old is excusable in any way. I am a victim of sexual abuse when I was young and if I see her on this site portrayed in a loving manner again I might cancel my support.

  5. Yes!! This is going to be so awesome!! I’m the Digital Marketing Specialist for The Trevor Project, and we just shared this article on our social. If you’re in either NYC or LA, feel free to join our tables that we’re hosting at The Trevor Project’s headquarters in NYC & LA!

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