Sage Rochester

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.


SAGE Rochester Monthly Calendar

Our regular programming takes place at the Out Alliance LGBT Resource Center, 100 College Ave. Suite 100, Rochester NY 14607.

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

You can download the SAGE schedule here.




On-going: Every Monday (except holidays) 6-8pm  LORA Women’s Coffee at Equal Grounds, 750 South Ave 14620.  Contact Regina Altizer at

On-going: Every Tuesday 10:30-11:30am Senior Yoga with Tom  $5.

On-going: Every Tuesday 11:30am SAGE catered lunch & program, varies weekly. $3.

On-going: Every Tuesday 5:30pm Multilevel Mat Yoga with Tom. $15.

On-going: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7pm, 50+ Men’s Group, Topic Discussions

On-going: 2nd Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Finger Lakes Alzheimer’s Caregiver Institute LGBTQ and Allies Care Partner Support Group. Held at the Alliance.  Mara Kouides at 244-8400 x239

On-going: Every Thursday, 10:30-11:30am Senior Yoga with Tom  $5.

On-going: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 11:30am-1:30pm SAGE Seniors in Service: volunteer activities supporting other seniors. Contact Anne for information or (585) 244-8640 x23

On-going: Monthly, Third Sundays except holidays, 10am. LORA Women’s Brunch Pixley’s Restaurant, 2235 Buffalo Rd, Gates. Contact Kerry at


Wednesday November 1, OUT in the Sticks: Batavia Meetup at Go Art! 6:00pm-8:00pm, Pizza & LGBTQ short films with discussion. $5. all are welcome. 201 E Main St, Batavia, NY 14020

Thursday November 2, SAGE Seniors in Service 11:30pm-1:30pm volunteer activities & a light lunch. Doing “Call to Connect”, welcome mailings & sunshine cards. Contact Anne Tischer for information or (585) 244-8640 x23.

Friday November  3, 6-9pm Gallery Q First Friday Art Opening featuring U.S. Marine Veteran Douglas Sergeant Jr.: “the stuff we don’t talk about.”

Saturday November 4, 5-8pm, A Very Queer Thanksgiving Dinner, All are welcome to this Out Alliance Community dinner. Turkey & dressing supplied.  Please RSVP to the facebook event or call (585) 244-8640 with number of attendees & what side dish or donation you are bringing.

Tuesday November 7,  SAGE catered lunch. Note location change to Open Arms Church, 707 East Main St. 14605, 11:30am-2:00pm $3. “Cake Day” for November birthdays, Hidden LGBTQ History: Harry Hay.

Wednesday November 8, Out in the Sticks: Dansville Happy Hour & Dinner,  6pm.  Jack’s Place Gaslight Grill, 110 Main St, Dansville, NY 14437

Thursday November 9, SAGE Breakfast Club 10:00am-12:00pm Denny’s Restaurant, 911 Jefferson Road, Henrietta. All are welcome! RSVP: Gerry by 11/7 at  or (585) 730-8772

Friday November 10, LORA meetup at Ambush Dance Party at East End Tavern, 6-9pm, 37 Charlotte St, 14607,

Saturday November 11,  Saturday Night Bingo & Potluck  at the Center. All are welcome. Bring a friend & a dish to pass. $3. toward token prizes.

Sunday November 12,  Health Quest Plant-based Pot Luck 5-7pm, $3 and a dish to pass with the recipe.  Learn more about vegan/vegetarian/whole foods cooking.

Tuesday November 14, SAGE Tuesday Lunch & Learn 11:30am-2:00pm,  Catered lunch. $3. All are welcome. Mr. Bing Reaves Sr. presents on Buffalo Soldier military traditions.

Wednesday November 15, SAGE Happy Hour at the Bachelor Forum, 70 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607,  5-7pm . All are welcome … yes the women come too!  Pizza & drink specials.

Thursday November 16, SAGE Seniors in Service 11:30pm-1:30pm volunteer activities & a light lunch. Doing “Call to Connect”, welcome mailings & sunshine cards. Contact Anne Tischer for information or  (585) 244-8640 x23.

Thursday November 16, Medicare Benefits Reviews 2:00pm-5:00pm, by Colleen O’Connor, a licensed agent representing most of the Medicare plans available in Western New York. Verify you are getting all the benefits you should before enrollment closes December 7. Video & presentation at 2pm with individual appointments scheduled after that. No charge & all are welcome. Schedule an appointment at or call (585) 244-8640 x23

Thursday November 16, LORA Leadership Meeting.  6:00pm-7:30pm , Alliance Center, Contact Regina Altizer at

Friday November 17, SAGE “Pride in Aging: The Road Ahead” 2:30pm-4:00pm. Monthly professional presentations  for people looking to “Age in Place” as they get older. Topic 3:  Financial Helps to Live at Home: senior  subsidies, discounts, grants, work & alternative income sources, reverse mortgages, debt relief,  lowering drug & food costs & much more. RSVP: Anne or (585) 244-8640×23.

Friday November 17,  SAGE Fabulous Fish Fry 5:30pm-7:00pm,  Bay Front Restaurant 1075 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY 14609  All are welcome! RSVP: Audet by 11/14 at (585)287-2958 or

Sunday November 19, LORA Women’s Brunch, 10:00am-12:00pm, Pixleys Restaurant, 2235 Buffalo Road, Gates. All are welcome. RSVP: Kerry at

Monday, November  20, OUT in the Sticks: Batavia Happy Hour, 5-7pm, Bourbon & Burger, 9 Jackson St, Batavia 14020

Tuesday November 21, SAGE Tuesday Lunch & Learn 11:30am-2:00pm,  Catered lunch. $3.  Linda Isaacson-Fedele of Rochester People’s Climate Coalition presents on “Climate Change & You.”

Tuesday November 21, SAGE Social Worker Support 11:00am-3:00pm,  Kat Carr LCSW of Lifespan is available on-site to consult on issues around dementia, Alzheimers & care-giving. Free.  Information:

Tuesday November 28, SAGE Tuesday Lunch  11:30am-2:00pm,  Catered lunch. $3. Karen Jones of Downsizing for Seniors shares tricks to make life easier and your house safer.


SAGE Rochester is the program of Out Alliance designed for LGBTQ people over 50.  SAGE operates out of the LGBTQ Resource Center, 100 College Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.  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. 

Additional Programming

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

For information on SAGE Rochester, we can be reached at 585-244-8640 ext 23 or at our email address

SERVICES & ADVOCACY FOR GLBTQI ELDERS (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Our mission is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging.

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 qualitiy of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) 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 LGBT 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 LGBT 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 LGBT elders.

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


SAGE Rochester is the major provider of social and educational programs to enhance the lives of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (GLBTI) individuals.

To enrich the environment of the overall community, SAGE Rochester educates the community about relevant GLBTI issues and supports aging GLBTI individuals.


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.

Serve as a resource in the general community for information about older GLBTI individuals and their interests and/or needs.

Develop a strong working relationship with community partners knowledgeable about aging issues.

Click here to join SAGE Rochester!

We are thrilled you’re interested in becoming a member! Your membership 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 member of the Gay Alliance/SAGE Rochester includes a subscription to the Empty Closet newsletter, which is one of the longest continuously published LGBT newspapers in the world. Be sure to look for the articles and activities involving SAGE Rochester as well as everything else the Empty Closet has to offer. Your membership 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 Gay Alliance keeping you informed on their activities. The Gay Alliance library is available to take out books and moves to read or watch at home at your leisure. Our website will give you additional information about all of our activities.

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 a $30.00 membership are greatly appreciated. We need your help to continue to grow, and we know you’ll be part of our continued success.

Feel free to contact us anytime by phone at 585-244-8640 ext 23 or by email at