DENVER, Colo. – A roomful of associates at Harvard Square retirement community in Denver recently completed LGBT sensitivity training presented by SAGE of the Rockies, an affiliate member of the nationwide SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) network. The training came during Gay Pride Week and one day before the Supreme Court ruled on June 24, 2015 that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
SAGE trainers Reynaldo Mireles and Janet Gilmore explained the meaning of terms like LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Ally. They made sure associates understood how and why to ask open questions about a person’s relationships instead of assuming heterosexuality. In addition, they gave tips for creating a safe, inclusive environment where every person is respected.
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with SAGE of the Rockies to further ensure that we uphold our mission to help all people thrive as they age, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. Expert training is vital to our ability to offer outstanding service and care, as well as to continue to be an employer of choice,” said Janet Beaver, executive director of Harvard Square.
About Harvard Square
Located at 10200 East Harvard Avenue in Denver, Harvard Square offers independent living and assisted living services and is known for outstanding services and residential atmosphere. It is proudly managed by Watermark Retirement Communities, a company committed to creating extraordinary communities where people thrive. www.watermarkcommunities.com.
About The Center’s SAGE of the Rockies Program
As an affiliate member of the nationwide SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) network, The Center’s SAGE of the Rockies program offers activities and events that focus on health, housing, legal and financial planning, legacy and social connection, specifically for LGBT persons age 50+.
The Center opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s LGBT community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today The Center is focused on fulfilling their mission – To engage, empower, enrich and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Colorado – by ensuring that every member of the LGBT community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy and productive lives