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LHA Daughters of Bilitis Video Project: Barbara Emmerth, 1988


LHA Daughters of Bilitis Video Project: Barbara Emmerth, 1988


Barbara Emmerth was the executive director of SAGE, Senior Action in a Gay Environment, in 1988. SAGE was incorporated in 1979 and works to provide services for LGBT senior citizens, including the first Friendly Visiting program for homebound LGBT seniors in the United States. SAGE has also created a national resource center on LGBT aging and provides a large number of support groups, including one for LGBT seniors with HIV.

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    Barbara Emmerth is interviewed in New York City in 1988. She discusses the uniqueness of coming out on West Virginia in the 1950s where there was little stigma attached to homosexuality because there was so little understanding or awareness of it. She speaks about her relationships, moving to New York City in the 1960s and her involvement with DOB (including a brief stint as the VP of the New York chapter) and with SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders).

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