LGBTQIA+ Advocate Michael Adams to Give Johnson Lecture on Oct. 23

October 2, 2019 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Building off the momentum of the Stonewall uprising and the emerging LGBT civil rights movement, a group of activists came together more than 40 years ago to form SAGE, a nationwide network of support for LGBTQIA+ older people.

As the chief executive officer of SAGE, Michael Adams has used his expertise and heart to improve opportunities and quality-of-life issues for millions of LGBTQIA+ older people across the country.

Adams will present “LGBTQIA+ Challenges: Inequities Across A Lifespan,” this year’s the William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture, on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Before joining SAGE, Adams was the director of education and public affairs for Lambda Legal.  He also spent a decade leading cutting-edge litigation that established new rights for LGBTQIA+ people as associate director of the ACLU’s Lesbian and Gay Rights Project.

The Johnson lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Schaible Science Center, in Illinois Hall. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available by visiting For more information, call (630) 617-5186.

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