Michael Adams is the CEO of SAGE- Advocacy and Services for LGBTQ+ Elders, the largest and oldest organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ aging. SAGE serves LGBTQ+ elders via technical assistance, training and services, and advocacy at every level of government. Adams, a graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard College, previously was the director of education and public affairs and deputy legal director for Lambda Legal and litigation director for the ACLU LGBT Rights Project.
Which LGBTQ+ icons do you look up to?
Bayard Rustin, Angela Davis, and Ken Dawson
What actions do you hope to see the government taking to support the LGBTQ+ community?
In last year’s Pride Executive Order, the Biden Administration committed to advancing an administrative LGBTQ+ Long-Term Care Bill of Rights. As we come up on the one-year anniversary of that Executive Order, we are looking forward to seeing concrete steps towards making these much-needed protections for our community’s elders a reality.
What do you wish people outside of the community knew about the LGBTQ+ community?
That gender and sexuality diversity is a great strength for all of us as individuals and as a society and should be celebrated and supported, rather than attacked and denigrated.
Can you recommend any top book, film, or TV shows that represent the LGBTQ+ experience?
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, the collected poems of Audre Lorde, the TV show POSE, and Little Nas X.