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Black, Gay & Elderly


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TweetSharebar TweetShareTweet A new documentary called “GEN Silent” explores how the LGBT community is dealing with being out and growing older.  In many cases, it is forcing our seniors back into the closet just to survive in their retirement communities.   Featured in the documentary is Lawrence Johnson, an African-American gay man in his mid-sixties who […]


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A new documentary called “GEN Silent” explores how the LGBT community is dealing with being out and growing older.  In many cases, it is forcing our seniors back into the closet just to survive in their retirement communities.

 

Featured in the documentary is Lawrence Johnson, an African-American gay man in his mid-sixties who struggles to find a nursing home for his 86-year-old partner with Parkinson’s where the couple can feel safe about holding hands.

Gen Silent

 

 

The documentary asks…

What would you do to survive if you were old, disabled and ill –afraid of discrimination or abuse?  Gen Silent is the new LGBT documentary from award-winning director and documentary 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 lives to survive.

 

They put a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender seniors so afraid of discrimination, or worse, in long-term/health care that many go back into the closet.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER:

 

 

Visit the website at: GEN Silent

Let’s support our seniors!


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At the age of 70, I am still a Crusader in the fight for HIV-AIDS cure and prevention. I am one of the oldest survivals of the Stonewall Inn Uprising of June 28, 1969. this was the beginning of the Gay Revolution that started in New York’s Greewich Village 42 years ago. My Crusade continues in my Memoirs surrounding the event (http://amzn.com/1460948645) and quest to
share my knowledge of HIV-AIDS and the prevention thereof.

Alan Edwards says:

I’m already there! Sixty-five years old with some slowing up due to Diabetes, but nothing too awful. How I will feel in my 80s I don’t know but there will come a time when David (my partner aged 59) and I will have to downsize, but I hope not. The aim has to be to keep as healthy as possible, short of getting striken down by Parkinson’s, Altzheimers and the like….nothing you can do about that. We live in a pretty restrictive community mentally, as we live in South Africa and they are way behind the rest of the world in many things including awareness of LGBTI issues. So we adopt what we call our “missionary position” and get out there are talk about being elderly and gay. Perhaps we’ve lucky but the response has been way more liberal and accepting than we would have dreamed.

Larry Robinson says:

I want to make a comment on something in which I found to be quite disturbing… About this peace of information here… I ‘m going to be apart of this “group” of people one day … The LGBT growing old community and I live here in Orlando, FL and I see this kind of stuff happening to elder of the LGBT community all the time… I have tried to jiont the “Equality” of Florida as well as the NAACP in order to help in this area … if anyone know of any group or organization that’s willing to help me in this area…

Thank You

Larry Robinson

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