Local Group Advocating for LGBT Elders, Training Area Agencies 

There’s a group with a goal to improve the quality of life for older LGBT adults living in Maine.

“SAGE Maine” aims to do so through advocacy, education, and social support.

They held a training workshop in Bangor today for health care professionals to ensure their services are safe and inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Mainers.

The Executive director says it’s hard for these folks to be open with providers.

“The older generation grew up in a time when it was a great social stigma to be gay or lesbian or bisexual and they internalize that stigma, so they are now very concerned about being open to people that they don’t know,” said SAGE Maine Executive Director Doug Kimmel.

To learn more information about SAGE Maine and to check which providers have gone through their training, visit their website.

There you can also find information about drop-in centers and other resources throughout the state.