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As a GLBT individual, do you have a segment-of-life LGBT story you would like to share? Your story could be centered around a variety of themes, such as coming out, self-acceptance, authenticity, multiculturalism, aging, relationships, isolation, survival, parenting, and many, many others.

 WHAT is SAGE STORY?

SAGE Utah, a program of the Utah Pride Center has been selected to participate as one of three major SAGE affiliates in SAGE STORY. SAGE Story is a national digital storytelling program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the storytelling skills—and draw on the unique life experiences of—LGBT elders to diversify the public narratives on aging, long-term care and LGBT rights.

WHY SAGE Story?

Social isolation affects many LGBT older people around the country in unique and disproportionate ways. LGBT elders are more likely to live alone and with thinner support networks.

The emerging community-based art and health research has found that storytelling programs can reduce isolation and promote positive health and well-being in old age for older adults. Storytelling programs, in particular, can improve self-esteem and life satisfaction, and create community, especially among populations that are more marginalized.

The modern-day rise of the internet, social media and a vast array of mobile technologies has spawned a rapidly growing field of digital storytelling—life stories that are captured in multimedia formats to reach larger numbers of audiences.

Increasingly, social change advocates and community-based organizations are employing digital stories to humanize and historicize complex social issues, and to build awareness and support for issue-based campaigns.

Unfortunately, too few media outlets (both mainstream and community-based) produce news stories about LGBT aging, and even fewer include positive representations of LGBT elders, or interview LGBT elders as spokespeople.

WHEN is SAGE Story happening in Utah?

SAGE Utah in partnership with the SLCC’s Community Writing Center, will be conducting SAGE Utah’s four (4) classes on these dates:

#1. Tuesday October 22, 2013, 6-8pm, Comm. Writing Cent. (CWC) 210 E. 400 S. (inside SLC Downtown Library Square). FREE Parking at Utah Pride Center, or East side of City/County Bldg.

#2. Tuesday November 12, 2013, 6-8pm, Comm. Writing Cent. (CWC) 210 E. 400 S. (inside SLC Downtown Library Square). FREE Parking at Utah Pride Center, or East side of City/County Bldg.

#3. Tuesday November 19, 2013, 6-8pm, Comm. Writing Cent. (CWC) 210 E. 400 S. (inside SLC Downtown Library Square). FREE Parking at Utah Pride Center, or East side of City/County Bldg.

#4. Tuesday December 3, 2013, 6-8pm, Comm. Writing Cent. (CWC) 210 E. 400 S. (inside SLC Downtown Library Square). FREE Parking at Utah Pride Center, or East side of City/County Bldg.

December 2013, Digital Capturing of the SAGE Stories that have been created.

Sharing you story could change the lives of many others and encourage acceptance, support, and resource development.  AARP works to make life better for all, and we hope this effort will help the GLBT community.

 

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