A new LGBT documentary

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A new LGBT documentary

Posted on February 14, 2011

Ever wonder how the LGBT community apprehends retirement and retirement communities?
A new documentary, Gen Silent just came out and tackles the subject in a very raw and sometimes scary manner.
Here is some information on a must see for any caregiver:

What would you do if you were old, disabled or ill – and the person feeding you put down the spoon and explained that you are going to hell unless you change your sexual orientation? Sound absurd? According to social workers, it’s happening every day.

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 in the care system.

Unlike any film before, Gen Silent startlingly discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall still affects generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with feelings of distrust and dangerous isolation. Many who fought for equality are dying prematurely because they don’t ask for help and are estranged from their families.

This hour-long documentary also shows the wide range in quality of paid caregivers –from those who are specifically trained to make LGBT seniors feel safe, to the other end of the spectrum and places where LGBT elders face discrimination or conversion by paid care givers and bullying by other seniors.