Join Equality Toledo for a free viewing of the film Gen Silent. This film follows the lives of six LGBT seniors who struggle with hiding who they truly are to survive.
Gen Silent is the critically-acclaimed documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddux (Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure, Trip to Hell and Back) that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses- their entire lives in order to survive in the care system. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year. It puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors that many simply go back into the closet.
Many who won the first civil rights victories for generations to come are now dying prematurely because they are reluctant to ask for help and have too few friends or family to care for them.
Gen Silent shows the disparity in the quality of paid caregiving from mainstream care facilities committed making their LGBT residents safe and happy, to places where LGBT elders face discrimination by staff and bullying by other seniors.
As we watch the challenges that these men and women face, we are offered new hope as each person crosses paths with impassioned people trying to change LGBT aging for the better.
Did you know:
- Four out of five LGBT elders say that they do not trust the health care system
- LGBT elders report a fear of care provided in assisted living and nursing care settings.
- Fifty percent of nursing home workers said their colleagues would be intolerant of LGBT people (Outing Age, 2010).
- Thousands of LGBT Seniors are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help. (MAD STU Productions, 2012)
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM
Maumee Indoor Theatre
601 Conant Street
Maumee, OH 43537
Panel Discussion and refreshments to follow the film
Free and open to the Public
Made possible by a grant from John Domrose Foundation For Personal Rights