Sage Rochester

SAGE Rochester, a program of the Gay 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 Gay 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.



ONGOING – Every Monday (until November)
SAGE Monday Movie Meet Ups at the Dryden  900 East Ave 14607. Free to seniors. Arrive early to sit together in right balcony. Contact Roger & Dave:  Movie schedule:    1:30pm

ONGOING – Every Tuesday
Senior Yoga with Tom  $5. 10:30-11:30am
SAGE Catered Lunch & program, varies weekly. $3. 11:30am-2:00pm
Multilevel Mat Yoga with Tom. $15. 5:30pm

ONGOING – 1st & 3rd Tuesday
SAGE Mens Discussion Group 7:00pm-8:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Topic discussion for men 50+, hosted by Tony & Chuck. Info:

ONGOING – Every Thursday
Senior Yoga with Tom  $5. 10:30-11:30am


Tuesday August 1

  • SAGE Tuesday Lunch & Learn 11:30am-2:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Catered lunch. “Cake Day” for August birthdays, Hidden LGBTQ history discussion. $3
  • SAGE Mens Discussion Group 7:00pm-8:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Topic discussion for men 50+, hosted by Tony & Chuck. Info:

Saturday August 5

  • Out in the Sticks – Batavia Dinner Meetup 5:00pm-7:00pm, Bohn’s Restaurant, 5256 Clinton Street Rd, Batavia, NY 14020, $10. dinner specials, all are welcome. RSVP: Anne or (585) 244-8640×23.

Tuesday August 8

  • SAGE Tuesday Lunch & Learn 11:30am-2:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Catered lunch. Bess Watts, Pride at Work AFL-CIO presents: NYS Constitutional Convention – Pros & Cons. $3

Wednesday August 9

  • LGBTQ Caregivers Support Group 3:00pm-4:30pm, Out Alliance Center. Support Group for LGBTQ caregivers offered by Lifespan & Alzheimers Assn. Free RSVP: Mara (585) 244-8400 x239

Thursday August 10

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

Tuesday August 15

  • SAGE Tuesday Lunch & Learn 11:30am-2:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Catered lunch. Leslie Alvarado of HCR presents: Maintaining Mental Alertness as We Age. $3
  • SAGE Social Worker Support 11:00am-3:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Mara Kouides LCSW is available on-site to consult on issues around dementia, Alzheimers & care-taking. Free.
  • SAGE Men’s Discussion Group 7:00pm-8:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Topic discussion for men 50+, hosted by Tony & Chuck. Info:

Friday August 18

  • SAGE Volunteer Services Lunch & Call to Connect 1:00pm-3:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Launch of “Call to Connect” volunteer program to address isolation of homebound or ill LGBTQ people. Information session with lunch. RSVP: Anne or (585) 244-8640×23.
  • SAGE presents “Pride in Aging: The Road Ahead” 2:30pm-4:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Monthly professional presentations  for people looking to “Age in Place” as they get older. Topic 1: Successful LGBTQ Aging: unique challenges and strategies. RSVP: Anne or (585) 244-8640×23.
  • SAGE Fabulous Fish Fry 5:30pm-7:00pm, Golden Fox Restaurant, 1115 Culver Rd 14609. All are welcome! RSVP: Audet by 8/14 at (585)287-2958 or

Saturday August 19

  • SAGE 2017 Annual Picnic 1:00pm-5:00pm, Brighton Town Park Lodge 777 Westfall Rd, Brighton 14620. Catered picnic, games, door prizes, walking path. Accessible.$10. tickets at Equal Grounds or Out Alliance Center. Info:

Monday August 21

  • SAGE Leadership & Services meeting 6:30pm- 7:30pm, Out Alliance Center. Planning meeting. Call to become involved with SAGE senior services. Info: Anne or (585) 244-8640×23.

Tuesday August 22

  • SAGE Tuesday Lunch & Learn 11:30am-2:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Catered lunch.  Gary Pudup of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence presents on “Guns & You”. $3

Saturday August 26

  • Out in the Sticks: Dansville “Friends & Family Potluck Picnic” at Stony Brook Park  11:00am-4:00pm, Stony Brook Park, 10820 NY-36, Lower park entrance, Dansville 14437.  Open to all – bring the grandkids. Swimming & hiking. Bring a chair & dish to pass. Hot dogs supplied. Look for brown tent with rainbow decorations on left side of main parking lot (toward Clara Barton Shelter) $7. per car entry. To carpool:

Tuesday August 29

  • SAGE Tuesday Lunch & Learn 11:30am-2:00pm, Out Alliance Center. Catered lunch.  SAGE Photo Scrapbooking & games. $3

Wednesday August 30

  • SAGE Happy Hour 5:00pm-7:00pm, Bachelor Forum, 670 University Ave, 14607. Gather at the  4M. Drink specials & pizza. All are welcome. Access: 4 steps to navigate. Info:


SAGE Rochester and SAGEVets are programs of the Gay Alliance and are 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