September, 2012 News (6 Articles with 2,521 total views)
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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: GLBT older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors, that many simply go back into the closet. Unlike any film before, Gen Silent startlingly discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now affects older GLBT people with fear and isolation. Many who won the first civil rights victories for future generations are now dying prematurely because they are reluctant to ask for help and have too few friends or family to care for them.
On Friday, August 24, several drag performers put on a well-received show to a packed house at the Performing Arts Center & Theater, 1505 State St, Erie PA. Performers included Destiny Divine, Rhiannon Angelina, Michelle Michaels, Nicolai Chase featuring Aiden, and Buffy Lynn Hayes. Thanks to DJ Lunchbox for sound, Michael Coleman for taking photos and Jason for help. The event was a wonderful kickoff for the Pride Parade and Rally the next day, which was organized by NW PA Pride Alliance.
On Saturday, August 18, the LBT Women of Erie (AKA The Beans) held their 4th Annual Picnic at Kim and Andrea's home. It was a fun event, and there was a lot of great food and great friends! At one point, several folks lined up for photos referring to Grant Woods famous painting, American Gothic, which was redubbed American Gaythic. Photos are by Laurie Finch, coordinator for LBT Women of Erie.
On Wednesday, July 8, the LBT Women of Erie (AKA The Beans) went to LGBT Night at the Erie Seawolves. Greater Erie Alliance for Equality and Erie Seawolves organized the event. In additions to the opening pitch being thrown by and the national anthem being sung by members of the LGBT community, several organizations had info tables, including Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Persad Center, PFLAG of Erie/Crawford Counties, Erie Gay News and NW PA Pride Alliance. Photos are by Laurie Finch, coordinator for LBT Women of Erie.
Resources for GLBT seniors for both national and surrounding regions.