Logo, the leading LGBT entertainment brand, will premiere the documentary Gen Silent, a moving portrait of a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. To coincide with the premiere, Logo and a collection of progressive bloggers led by Mombian.com‘s Dana Rudolph, will launch “Blogging for LGBT Elders Day.” Together with Logo, sites, blogs and organizations will share posts using #GenSilent to raise awareness for issues facing LGBT seniors, a population expected to double to at least 3 million by 2050.
“Imagine having to go back into hiding when you’re at your most vulnerable,” said Taj Paxton, Executive Producer of Logo Documentary Films. “As the LGBT community looks to the future, this film reminds us to stand with those brave individuals who led the way.”
Directed by Stu Maddux, Gen Silent follows six LGBT elders living in Boston. As the elders shed light on the early days of LGBT activism, the film also looks at the life-changing work of groups such as the Boston LGBT Aging Project, an organization fighting for LGBT inclusion in the elder care industry. LGBT stories include:
Lawrence Johnson: An African-American gay man in his mid-sixties who struggles to find a nursing home that will accept his 86-year-old partner with Parkinson’s.
Sheri Barden and Lois Johnson: A married lesbian couple who have lived most of their lives in the heart of Boston’s gay community who struggle to think of safe alternative living situations as they age.
KrysAnne Hembrough: A transgender woman who is estranged from her family since making her transition. She is struggling to find someone to care for her as she faces a terminal illness.
Mel Simms: A closeted senior who was fortunate to find an elder services agency that helped as he dealt with a dying partner.
Gen Silent has received audience awards at Frameline, Sacramento Film & Music Festival, Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Charlotte Film Festival, and received the Alternative Spirit Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Logo Documentary Films division shares powerful stories that capture LGBT life and culture in all its diversity. The division launched earlier this year with the critically-acclaimed films Out in the Night, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, and Out & Around.