Michael Adams

Michael Adams

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Michael Adams has been a Project Contributor since May 2009, has written 6 entries and currently lives in New York City, NY.


Michael Adams is the Executive Director of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Headquartered in New York City, SAGE is the oldest and largest organization in the country providing services and advocacy for LGBT older adults. SAGE’s programs directly serve thousands of LGBT older people in New York City each month. In addition, SAGE provides technical assistance and training, and engages in advocacy around LGBT aging issues, in New York City and across the country. In 2005, SAGE became the first official LGBT delegate to the diennial White House Conference on Aging. In 2008 SAGE celebrated its thirtieth anniversary and presented its Fourth National Conference on LGBT Aging.

Prior to joining SAGE, Michael was the Director of Education and Public Affairs for Lambda Legal. In that capacity, he oversaw all of Lambda Legal’s community education, communications, and outreach programs throughout the country. Trained as a lawyer, Michael spent a decade leading cutting edge litigation that established new rights for LGBT people, first as Associate Director of the ACLU’s Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, and then as deputy legal director at Lambda Legal.

A graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard College, Michael has authored numerous publications on an array of LGBT issues. He has taught seminars on Sexual Orientation and the Law, and serves on advisory councils for the AARP, American Society on Aging, and the New York City Department for the Aging. Michael has discussed and debated LGBT issues on hundreds of media programs, including Larry King Live, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He was named one of the “100 most influential gay men and lesbians” by Out Magazine.

Michael Adams: Recently Filed

LGBT Older Adults and Social Security

Filed by Michael Adams | May 02, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Nearly every day, I am reminded of the many ways in which LGBT older people are more vulnerable than their heterosexual counterparts. They have faced historical prejudice that has disrupted their lives and hurt their opportunities to earn a living...Read More

Federal Victory for LGBT Elders - Now, State Battles Begin

Filed by Michael Adams | April 16, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Our federal government has recently taken important steps to help ensure that the basic health needs of LGBT Americans are fairly met. It's a welcome development. But there is much more to do, especially for LGBT older people, so that...Read More

A Deserved Legal Victory, a Story Told Too Often

Filed by Michael Adams | July 29, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

In my former life as a gay rights lawyer, I learned that lawsuits in response to tragedy can be a double-edged sword. I witnessed a familiar pattern no matter what the circumstance of discrimination: court action squeezes some justice out...Read More

Progress Is Measured By Dollars Too

Filed by Michael Adams | October 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Some of our recent juxtaposed headlines - thousands marching for LGBT equality in the nation's capital at the same time that President Obama is speaking at an HRC dinner and Congress is passing LGBT hate crimes legislation - are fanning...Read More

Why we're going to the White House Monday

Filed by Michael Adams | June 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

On Monday, my partner and I will join two SAGE constituents - Madelin Alk and Renee Rosenfield - at a White House Pride celebration at which President Obama will speak. The event has generated controversy, with some LGBT commentators suggesting...Read More