Editor's Note: This story was published in October. On Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, the Atlanta premier of the film “Gen Silent” screens as the first fundraiser for SAGE Atlanta, which provides support and social opportunities for LGBT elders. Tickets are $10 and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. at Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308. Visit SAGE Atlanta at www.facebook.com/sageatl.
It’s a recent Thursday morning and five women and one man are sitting around a table at the Phillip Rush Center in Candler Park, playing a derivation of Canasta called Hand and Foot. The game is quick-paced as the players lay one card down after another.
The players are members of the newly formed Atlanta chapter of SAGE USA, Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders. SAGE Atlanta meets every Thursday starting at 10 a.m. for cards and social hour with programming beginning at 11 a.m.
Ages of those seated around the table range from 60 to 74. All are active, able to drive and live fairly comfortably. But all also seek companionship with older people who are like themselves.