Thursday, November 01, 2018

One Man's Commitment to Youth by Creating Safe Airways for LGBQT Teens

Good news for my fellow gay geezers! I've been told by AARP that making a difference doesn’t stop as we age -- that millions of older adults across the world are using their experience to give back, to solve problems and to ultimately change lives. 

One example is Marc Sophos of New York City, an 18-year radio veteran who created the public radio programs and podcasts OutCasting and OutCasting Overtime, using LGBTQ teens to produce each episode. As someone who was uncomfortable with identifying as gay and didn’t come out until age 39, Sophos wanted to create a space where LGBTQ teens could speak freely and openly to topics that are meaningful to them. His aim is to establish bureaus for LGBTQ students around the country that provide insights into the broad dimensions of the LGBTQ youth experience. 

Guest Michelangelo Signorile

Sophos is a fellow for AARP’s Purpose Prize, which honors extraordinary individuals who use their life experience to make a better future for all, for his commitment to bettering the lives of LGBTQ youth in his community. Congrats to Marc, who will be honored at the AARP Purpose Prize ceremony in December and will receive $5,000, as well as access to AARP support and technical assistance.

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