First Full-Time LGBT Senior Center Opens in the Bronx

City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Caryn Resnick, a deputy commissioner in the Department for the Aging, Lewis Goldstein, the County Democratic Committee’s LGBT liaison, City Council member Ritchie Torres, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council members Maria del Carmen Arroyo and Annabel Palma, and SAGE executive director Michael Adams attend the Jan. 14 opening of the Bronx SAGE center. (Photo courtesy of SAGE via Gay City News)

City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Caryn Resnick, a deputy commissioner in the Department for the Aging, Lewis Goldstein, the County Democratic Committee’s LGBT liaison, City Council member Ritchie Torres, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council members Maria del Carmen Arroyo and Annabel Palma, and SAGE executive director Michael Adams attend the Jan. 14 opening of the Bronx SAGE center. (Photo courtesy of SAGE via Gay City News)

Joining Staten Island, Harlem, Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Bronx now has an LGBT senior center, the first full-time center in the borough, reports Gay City News. The opening of the SAGE center (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), on Jan. 14, comes as part of a $1.5 million initiative last year to bring full-time SAGE centers to all five boroughs.

The initiative was led by City Council member Ritchie Torres (the Bronx’s first gay elected official). The new SAGE center at the Union Community Health Centers is located within his district in the central Bronx.

Torres termed the grand opening ceremony — attended by a number of Council members, including Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito — an emotional moment.

“This has tremendous meaning for me as a gay man,” he said. When SAGE approached him, Torres said he was upset to learn that while there are an estimated 100,000 LGBT seniors in the city, there was only one full-time senior center serving that population.

To read what the center will offer, go to Gay City News.

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