NEWS FROM by Kim Stowell
SAGE-RI is Hitting the Road! We are taking the documentary film Gen Silent on a tour of several communities in the coming months. Gen Silent is the critically acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses—their entire lives—in order to survive in the long-term care system. Experts in the film call it an epidemic: LGBT older people are 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 LGBT people, and explores what is being done about it. We have shown the film twice already, at Interweave at Channing Memorial Church in Newport and First Unitarian Church of Providence. Our next showing will be on Thursday, November 12, 7-9pm at Woodridge Congregational United Church, 30 Jackson Road, Cranston. Please join us! And if you would like to arrange a showing of Gen Silent in your community, you should send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. LGBT Café Rocks If you missed last month’s LGBT Café, you missed out on the chance to win an AARP RealPad. For this month’s event, we will be hearing from Marisa O’Gara, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s
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LGBT Liaison.That’s in addition to a delicious catered lunch, and lots of friendly LGBT people. It all happens on November 20 at noon, at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1665 Broad Street in Cranston. We suggest a $3 donation for attendees 60 or better; $6 for all others. Call Pauline at 351-6700 to reserve your seat. Membership The mission of SAGE is to serve as a leader in identifying, addressing and bringing attention to issues related to aging among members of the LGBT community; to partner with constituents, allies and other stakeholders to create a culture in which older LGBT members of the community can enjoy a high quality of life; to support aging members of the community and advocate for their rights; to foster a greater understanding of LGBT aging; and to promote positive images of LGBT life in later years. In order to accomplish this, we need the support of our community, and the easiest way to do this is to become a member. Simply visit www. sage-ri.org and click on “Become A Member.”q SAGE-RI (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) addresses issues of concern to LGBT elders and is an organization of diverse people of all ages. For information on programs or to join SAGE-RI, drop us a line at email@example.com; call us at (401) 443-4451; write to us at SAGERI at CareLink, 1 Virginia Avenue, Providence, RI 02905; or find us on the web at www.sage-ri.org, and on Facebook as SAGE/Rhode Island.
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