More than 200 people on Thursday attended the official opening of a center designed specifically for gay and lesbian seniors, the AP reported.

The SAGE Innovative Senior Center in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood is described by its creators as the nation's first full-time center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people.

“Opening The SAGE Center has been a dream for LGBT older people for many years,” said Michael Adams, executive director of Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders (SAGE), the 34-year-old non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of gay seniors.

The center will offer hot meals, social services, and a wide range of activities for those over 60.

The SAGE Center is operated by New York City's Department for the Aging and SAGE.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City Department for the Aging Commissioner Lilliam Barrios-Paoli and several Council members attended Thursday's open house.

“LGBT seniors often do not feel comfortable in a traditional senior center setting and this launch of a LGBT senior center is another important step in making New York accessible and more age-friendly for all New Yorkers,” Barrios-Paoli said in a statement. “SAGE is a pioneer in addressing the needs of LGBT older New Yorkers, and I am confident that their robust programs will serve as a model for senior centers across the country.”

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