Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Queer and Gray

The following post was cross-posted from Faith UCC's Member Jon Trouten's blog:

It is often difficult for young gays, lesbians, and other sexual minorities to navigate the heterosexual world. Ever wonder how much more difficult that could be for elderly members of the queer community? Many of them grew up in a culture where their identities were best to kept secret. They could be jailed, institutionalized, fired, disowned, etc... if they revealed their identities. Now these seniors are getting older and may require care in a nursing home or residential community. Many of these settings seem to be unaware of the sexual identities of their queer residents and uncomfortable with those residents who are out of the closet...

The Johnson County Living Community (JCLC) Visibility Action Team is presenting a free movie, Gen Silent, on this subject this Sunday, April 17th, at 7:00 PM at the Bijou Cinema in the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union.

The director of the film, Stu Maddux, will also be present to answer questions from audience members after the film.

(NOTE: The preceeding article was written by Faith UCC friend Mark Holbrook, who is a member of the JCLC Visibility Action Team and one of the sponsors of this important event. You can read more about the showing of Gen Silent at this webpage and, of course, at Mr. Maddux's own blog.)

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