Sage Rochester

Enriching our community

Sage Rochester is an affiliate of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) the world’s oldest & largest non-profit agency addressing the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders and has affiliates nationwide.

SAGE Rochester, a program of the Out Alliance, is a voice for Rochester’s older gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex adults. We provide opportunities for personal growth, connection to community, and access to senior services.

We are open to all ages and members in the community, but our concentration is in educating, advocating, and serving the needs of the fifty-plus LGBTQ+ population.

As an affiliate of SAGE USA (Services and Advocacy for GLBTQI Elders) we receive up-to-the-minute information on research and policy issues that effect older adults and have access to state and national resources.

Photo of three people at the George Eastman House. SAGE Rochester
Mission: SAGE Rochester is the major provider of social and educational programs to enhance the lives of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTQ+) individuals. To enrich the environment of the overall community, SAGE Rochester educates the community about relevant LGBTQ+ issues and supports aging LGBTQ+ individuals.

Senior Programming

Tuesdays & Thursdays

We meet every Tuesdays & Thursdays at the LGBTQ Community Center at 100 College Ave, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14607.

10:30am is YOGA with Tom. Fee is $5.00

11:30am is our Lunch n Learn (catered or potluck)

12:30pm or later is scheduled programming

The above schedule is most of the time, however changes occur due to programming events and cancellations. See our calendar in the Empty Closet newspaper or better yet come and join us and pick up your calendar in person.

There are many activities planned for after lunch including movies, games, crafts, educational speakers, and even outings.

All programs are open to the public and all are welcome. The Senior catered lunch and Thursday Euchre are $3, as are some other programs offered, to offset costs.  Senior Yoga is $5 per person and is offered every Tuesday and Thursday unless specified in the calendar. Multilevel Yoga on Tuesday evening is open to all ages and is $15 per person.  All programs are subject to change.

Off-site events

We also offer fun, off-site activities and seasonal programming. We host a monthly breakfast group, coffee times, summer picnics, hayrides, seasonal dances, movies out, museum tours, fish frys and much more.

For more information on SAGE Rochester or to become a friend, contact us at 585-244-8640 x23 or by email:

Please contact our SAGE coordinator Anne Tischer at

*Note: Last minute changes to the schedule will be noted on our SAGE Rochester Facebook page.

Sage National Network

In communities across the country, SAGENet- SAGE’s network of local affiliates, is building a movement to reduce isolation, improve financial security and enhance the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) older adults.

Through SAGENet, these local leaders draw on the wisdom of their peers to implement programs and services that address the most urgent issues facing LGBTQ+ elders.

SAGENet is comprised of 27 affiliates located in 20 states around the country, across every region of the country. These affiliates provide services and programs to LGBTQ+ older people in their local communities. They also work on local, state, and federal advocacy to ensure that public policies better support the needs of LGBTQ+ elders.

We are proud to be an affiliate of this great organization. For more information on SAGE, please visit their website:



  • Organize activities such as social and life-enriching programs and events for older GLBTI individuals.
  • Identify and make available resources to older members of the GLBTI community that affect their financial, retirement, legal, medical, and other needs and/or interests.
  • Identify and make available resources to older members of the GLBTI community that affect their financial, retirement, legal, medical, and other needs and/or interests.
  • Develop a strong working relationship with community partners knowledgeable about aging issues.

Join Sage

We are thrilled you’re interested in becoming a friend of SAGE! Your support keeps SAGE Rochester stronger, increasing our programs, outreach and advocacy. We’re a growing organization that supports the needs and activities for the mature lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex adult population.

Becoming a friend of the Out Alliance/SAGE Rochester includes a digital subscription to the Empty Closet publication, which is one of the longest continuously published LGBTQ+publications in the country. Be sure to look for the articles and activities involving SAGE Rochester as well as everything else the Empty Closet has to offer.

Your support includes our very own newsletter: SAGE Rochester Connections, which will keep you up-to-date on what is happening with SAGE Rochester. You will also receive email blasts from the Out Alliance keeping you informed on their activities. The Out Alliance library is available to check out books and movies to read or watch at home at your leisure.



We are always looking for volunteers and we need you. In fact, without your help or support, we would not be able to continue our activities, outreach and advocacy. If you have some time and energy that you’d like to give to SAGE Rochester, please let us know. What could you do? Well, you can join our program committee or write an article for us to go in our newsletter, you can host an event, teach a workshop, or just help clean up after an event.


We also welcome donations to help us continue our strong vision. Donations over the $30.00 friend of SAGE donation are greatly appreciated. We need your help to continue to grow, and we know you’ll be part of our continued success in breaking isolation within our LGBTQ+ senior population.

Contact us by phone at 585-244-8640 ext 23 or by email at

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