Rainbow Pioneers

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Rainbow Pioneers is a social support group that serves LGBTQ+ individuals ages 50+. Rainbow Pioneers programming provides participants with a safe, affirming space and allows members to engage in a variety of activities ranging from Art Therapy to Joint Mobility Exercises.

Same Group New Name

Rainbow Pioneers, the group formerly known as SAGE Cleveland, is embarking upon a new exciting direction. Since 2014, SAGE Cleveland has been a core program at The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and dedicated affiliate of the national SAGE USA program, which affords LGBTQ+ individuals over the age of 50 access to resources, research, and above all, community.

In December 2021, SAGE USA’s Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan that includes a restructuring of current affiliate relationships from a centralized model to a collaborative model.  This new model seeks to meet the unique needs of current affiliates and to continue to grow impact.

Thus, as of September 2022, the group formerly known as SAGE Cleveland ceased usage of all SAGE branding. In its place, the new program name, Rainbow Pioneers, was selected to represent this core program for LGBTQ+ individuals aged 50 and above. The name was voted upon after a series of constructive discussions with current program members and Center staff.

Read the official press release regarding this new name! 


Join Our Rainbow Pioneer Facebook Group

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Upcoming Events

2nd & 4th Wednesdays | September 14 - October 26

Rainbow Pioneers ClevelandFlow at the Center

ClevelandFlow at the Center will continue our commitment to promoting health and wellness in our community by offering members of our core programs the opportunity to engage in several weeks of fitness exercises. The following classes will be offered to our Rainbow Pioneers program. 

  • SEATED STEP & STRENGTH: The aerobic step class that is seated. This class is designed to help all people that have injuries; chronic conditions, and limited movement. Sneakers required.
    • Green & Blue Rooms
    • 4 Classes in total
    • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 10:30AM = 11:30AM 

QUESTIONS? Contact instructor, Danielle Klassen - [email protected]

Previously Recorded August 17, 2022

Aging With HIV: An Awareness Seminar

A special seminar presented at The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland with guests Jax Kelly and Michelle Rollins, Founder and Executive Director of 'We Think 4 A Change.'

Rainbow Pioneers Pride Picnic 2022

Photos from June 2022 picnic at Edgewater, be sure to join us in September for more good food and even better friendships! 

Additional Programs & Support

We travel to various places within the Greater Cleveland area.  These excursions are a way for LGBT seniors to attend events while experiencing a sense of community.


Contact Mary Beth Bartholomew at 216.273.6651 or by email at [email protected] for more information.

SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline

  • 1-888-234-SAGE
    • Monday - Friday  |  4PM - Midnight
    • Saturday  |  12PM - 5PM



Mary Beth Bartholomew

Rainbow Pioneers Coordinator (she/her)
[email protected] | 216-273-6651

Alyssa Roberts

Program Coordinator (she/her)
[email protected] | 216-353-6272
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