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Documentary 'Gen Silent' raises question: Do LGBT seniors need to go back in the closet

News release from Ellen Wedner:

AGING SMART: Do LGBT Seniors need to go back in the Closet?

Critically acclaimed film GEN SILENT addresses issues and local panel offer solutions in Three free South Florida screenings.

Gen SilentMiami, FL.: Nobody likes to think about it - aging, growing old. As people in the LGBT community lead more open lives than ever before, it is becoming apparent there are additional aging issues to face besides creaky bones. For many LGBT elders the wrenching decision to enter a nursing home, where homophobia may exist among some of the staff, or how to create a support system if family has deserted you, are just some of the problems LGBT seniors face. Creative Arts Enterprises, in association with Treece Financial Group, Inc., is bringing a unique film, GEN SILENT to both Miami–Dade and Broward Counties. On August 6, 9 and 10 free public screenings of GEN SILENT (60 MIN) will be held along with a panel of experts who will address some of the issues discussed in the film.

Gen Silent 2This critically acclaimed documentary, from filmmaker Stu Maddux, features six LGBT seniors who discuss their personal experiences, feelings, and concerns as they face their various situations. How do you continue to lead an open life when you must hide long-time friends, spouses, entire lives in order to survive the care system? The painful and thoughtful decisions of these LGBT seniors are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives.

Gen Silent 3Do LGBT seniors need to go back in the closet? It is the core question discussed in this film. GEN SILENT puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender older people afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors. CAE is hoping to address local needs and solutions for South Florida LGBT seniors with a panel of experts who will answer audience questions and discuss the topics raised in the film.

On August 9th at the Pride Center we will have Lawrence Johnson as our special guest. Lawrence is one of the six key people featured in Gen Silent. Lawrence met his partner, Alexandre while still a student at Harvard University. Although there was a 22-year age difference, Lawrence and Alexandre remained partners for 38 years, until Alexandre's death in 2009. The documentary shows intimate scenes of the two men, and chronicles the struggle Lawrence had in finding the right facility for Alexandre, where he would be treated with dignity and respect.

To encourage attendance by baby boomers, seniors, retirees and the community in general who wish to learn more about planning for their retirement, wellness and care management the screening will be free and open to the public.


  • Monday, August 6th @ 7:00pm, at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19th Street, Miami, FL

Panelists: David Treece, AIF, MBA., is an investment advisor representative and has a duty to act in a fiduciary capacity.

Patricia Stauber, R.N., L.C.S.W, deals with grief, depression in the LGBT Community

Elizabeth Schwartz, Esq., focuses on estate planning and probate matters. She lectures about

the importance of LGBT couples protection through estate planning and contract.

  • Thursday, August 9th @ 7:00pm , at the Pride Center, in Equality Park, 2040 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, Florida.
  • Friday, August 10th @ 2:00pm, at Art Serve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL.

Panelists: David Treece, AIF, MBA., is an investment advisor representative and has a duty to act in a fiduciary capacity

Dr. Adlele Besner, Psy.D., is an expert consultant for senior activities that deal with the importance of healthy and positive Aging.

Brett Landsman, CPA, provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to individual and corporate clients

Jake Miller, Esq., concentrates on real estate, estate planning, family law and LGBT issues.

Lawrence Johnson appears with his partner of 38 years in Gen Silent. Aug 9 panel only

Presenting Sponsor: Treece Financial Group, Inc.; David Treece has nearly 20 years of experience in financial services as a consumer-oriented advocate for his clients.  He works as a fee-based investment advisor representative and has a duty to act in a fiduciary capacity and has a higher standard of always putting a client’s interests first. “The film is outstanding. There are moments in it that capture what I am living through with some of my clients,” says David. http://www.davidtreece.com(Securities and Advisory Services offered through Multi-Financial Securities Corporation, member FINRA/SIPC. Treece Financial Group, Inc. is not affiliated with Multi-Financial Securities Corporation.)

Community Partners: Temple Israel of Greater Miami; The TaskForce; Stonewall National Museum & Archives; SunServe; The Pride Center; Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Greater Ft. Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Presenter: Creative Arts Enterprises was founded in 2001 as a 501(c) 3 Arts organization that creates a healthy environment for diverse expressions of art and culture targeted to specific under-served communities. Creative Arts Enterprises, Inc. produces and presents performance and visual arts that enhance the cultural experience of youth, elderly, gay and at risk communities. CAE outreaches and provides entertainment and education geared to niche audiences. CAE also presents workshops, visual arts displays and seminars to these and other targeted communities.

For more information about the AGING SMART free public events contact Ellen Wedner at wednerfriends@hotmail.com; or phone 305.573.6477.


Temple Israel of Greater Miami
137 NE 19th Street, Miami
Monday, August 6, 2012
7:00 pm

The Pride Center, Equality Park
2040 North Dixie Highway, Room 200, Wilton Manors
Thursday, August 9, 2012
7:00 pm

Fort Lauderdale
1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale
Friday, August 10, 2012
2:00 p.m.


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