People on the Move – New Appointment at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE),


Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults, announced today that Serena Worthington will join SAGE as its new Director of Community Advocacy and Capacity-Building.

Worthington will lead SAGENet, SAGE’s national program of affiliates across the country that provide critical services to LGBT older adults. She will also work with local, state and federal groups nationwide to continue coordinating a federal policy agenda on LGBT aging and ensure that LGBT elders have the platforms to advocate on their own behalf.

“As a former director of a SAGE affiliate, I have been privileged to participate in the regional and national policy work that SAGE spearheads and have seen firsthand the incredible gains that SAGE and its affiliates have made,” said Worthington. “I am thrilled and honored to join SAGE.”

Worthington comes to SAGE from the Center on Halsted, Chicago’s LGBT community center, where she served as its senior director of public programs and led a variety of community and cultural programs for thousands of LGBT people throughout Chicago.

Prior to her current position, Worthington was the founding director of the SAGE Center on Halsted, where she grew the program from 20 to 700 participants, and from four programs a month to 40. She helped the Center on Halsted procure a $475,000 federal appropriation for its work with LGBT elders.

“We are thrilled that Serena Worthington is bringing her formidable experience, leadership and track record on LGBT aging to SAGE’s national work,” said SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams. “As a founding director of a SAGE affiliate, and as a senior director of a flagship LGBT community center, Serena’s accomplishments and insights will be a powerful support for other leaders across the country who are transforming their communities for LGBT elders.”

Worthington will be based in Chicago, which will provide a critical regional perspective to SAGE’s growing national focus. For Adams, it’s a reminder of how far SAGE has come since SAGE Center on Halsted was established less than four years ago.

“SAGE Center on Halsted was the first new affiliate to join the revitalized SAGE affiliate network, SAGENet,” said Adams. “Four years later, SAGENet has flourished to 16 SAGE affiliates around the countrywith more on the way.”

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. Learn more at



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