SAGE Utah, a program of the Utah Pride Center, has been selected to participate as one of three major SAGE affiliates in SAGE STORY — a national digital storytelling program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the storytelling skills, draw on the unique life experiences of LGBT elders, and to diversify the public narrative on aging, long-term care and LGBT rights.
Stories can be centered around such themes as: coming out, learning/living/loving, self-acceptance, authenticity, veteran issues, PTSD, advocacy, multiculturalism, activism, history, movements, aging, relationships, loss, isolation, survival, grief, caregiving, dignity, finding your voice & purpose, disease, traveling, coming home, chosen family, commitment, marriage equality, roads/journeys/experiences, crossroads, faith, entrances & exits, parenting, and more.
“Social isolation affects many LGBT older people around the country in unique and disproportionate ways,” writes Charles Lynn Frost. “LGBT elders are more likely to live alone and with thinner support networks.”
“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,” he continued.
SAGE Utah and the Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center will be conducting SAGE Utah’s four classes on these dates. All classes are held at the Creative Writing Center at the Salt Lake City Library Center, 210 E. 400 South. (Free parking can be found across the street at the Utah Pride Center):
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 6–8pm
- Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013, 6-8pm
- Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013, 6-8pm
- Tuesday Dec. 3, 2013, 6-8pm
For more information, contact Frost at [email protected] or 801-913-8884.