By Dante T. Wojtila
Intern, Resident Services and Social Work
Gen Silent is a critically acclaimed film that delves into the unique challenges of aging as a member of the LGBT community. A generation of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people who have fought for liberty and equality are now returning to “the closet” at an alarming rate to escape persecution. Many aging LGBT individuals face religious objection, bullying, and abuse at the hands of the healthcare system, aides, and community members. Gen Silent follows six seniors over the course of a year while they explore the possibility of hiding their identity to survive. These six seniors put a face to what experts call an epidemic leading to a life of fear and isolation. Many of our greatest generation are dying prematurely because they don’t ask for the help and have too few people in their life who support them. The film showcases both caregivers who provide excellent care to LBGT seniors as well as those who don’t. Aging with dignity is a civil right in the U.S and is fundamental to our values as a nation. It is because of our dedication to justice and fairness, that Gen Silent should strike a universal cord that calls for compassion and respect regardless of background.
Riderwood Village prides itself on being a welcoming diverse community. Riderwood does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, or orientation. Showing films to such as Gen Silent, which strives to bring awareness to injustices, helps communities like Riderwood stay informed and true to its values. Please join us for a viewing and discussion of Gen Silent on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in the Village Square Music Room at 1:00 p.m. This film is presented by the Riderwood Resident Life Department. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Mrs. Mildred Spector.