RU12? Community Center and our collaborating partners would like to cordially invite to our screening of Stu Maddux’s award winning documentary GEN Silent. This film poignantly illustrates the discrimination facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) seniors as they seek long- and short-term health/home care services, and profiles a group of Boston-area LGBT seniors who face the difficult decision of whether or not to go back in the closet as a result. Many LGBT seniors fear bias, discrimination and alienation as they move into senior housing and assisted living facilities; LGBT seniors are also more likely to live alone and be reluctant to allow caregivers and providers into their home due to fear of discrimination.
This screening of "Gen Silent" will be held on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington (One Main Street) as part of a state-wide effort to promote the film and awareness of the issue, and is geared towards LGBT community members, allies, and helping professionals. Following the screening there will be a facilitated discussion with audience members and local experts to answer any questions you may have. Joining us to share their unique perspective and to shape a discussion of our community’s response will be Rachel Inker MD from the Community Health Centers of Burlington, Jackie Weinstock, Associate Professor Human Development & Family Studies UVM, Jackie Majoros, State Long Term Care Ombudsman, Sam Abel-Palmer Vermont Legal Aid, facilitated by Tim Palmer, Principal at VerMentor.
This event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $3-5. Continuing education credits (2) will be available for physicians (CME), nurses (Contact Hours), social workers, nursing home administrators, and LNA’s for an additional fee of $10 to cover accreditation costs. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.
For more information, contact RU12? at 802.860.7812 or email email@example.com; call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119 or go to http://stumaddux.com/GEN_SILENT.html to see a trailer of the film.
GEN Silent is being brought to Vermont by a collaboration between RU12?, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), and Area Agencies on Aging, and is sponsored by the Samara Fund for LGBT Issues, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, with additional support by the Department of Aging and Independent Living, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.
If you are unable to make it to this event, additional screenings of the film will also be happening during the month of May:
- Tuesday, May 8—Brattleboro, VT—Hooker Dunham Theater, 139 Main Street. 7pm
- Thursday, May 17—Newport, VT—North Country Career Center, 209 Veterans Avenue. 6:30pm
- Wednesday, May 23—Bomoseen, VT—Castleton Family Health Center, 275 Route 30 North. 7pm