At­lanta LGBT se­nior groups pro­vid­ing space for a spark

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When Richard Rhodes’ part­ner passed away in 2003, the then-66-year-old gay At­lanta res­i­dent thought he was done with re­la­tion­ships.

“I orig­i­nally thought, well hell, I’m past the age where any­body will be in­ter­ested in any­thing,” he tells Ge­or­gia Voice.

So he wasn’t look­ing to date any­one, but he did want to get out there and meet peo­ple, so he started tak­ing part in ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by LGBT se­nior groups SAGE At­lanta and At­lanta Prime Timers.

“This man came to a SAGE meet­ing one day and I was very taken with him and we just started talk­ing and I told him I thought he would like Prime Timers bet­ter,” Rhodes says. “So he showed up at Prime Timers with an­other man. We were friends for a year and they broke up and I moved in for the kill.”

Rhodes, now 78, and Wil­liam Cas­tro, 60, have been dat­ing for two years. And it’s thanks to pro­grams like SAGE and At­lanta Prime Timers, which con­tinue to pro­vide a num­ber of ser­vices for LGBT se­niors through­out the metro At­lanta area.

Na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have At­lanta chap­ters

“This man came to a SAGE meet­ing one day and I was very taken with him and we just started talk­ing and I told him I thought he would like Prime Timers bet­ter. So he showed up at Prime Timers with an­other man. We were friends for a year and they broke up and I moved in for the kill.”

By PA­TRICK SAUN­DERS

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