Outrageous Ageing presents a must see movie.
What would you do if you were old, and ill or disabled – and the person feeding you put down the spoon and said that you were going to hell unless you change who you love?
Or the person who is supposed to help you shower and dress refuses to touch your body because it looks different to other people’s?
These are the kinds of experiences older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians have faced in the past, and fear as they get older and come to the stage of no longer being able to care for themselves or their loved ones without help.
Gen Silent is a critically-acclaimed documentary that follows the lives of six lesbian, gay and transgender older people over the course of a year as they deal with ageing and illness, and make decisions about their care needs.
The Outrageous Ageing LGBTI Elders’ Wellbeing Project will be screening this deeply moving film in Maitland, Morisset, Muswellbrook, Newcastle and Singleton in October.
Admission is free and refreshments provided.
Project Officer, Sujay Kentlyn, said, “The film shows how experiences of prejudice and discrimination throughout their lives leave many elders not just afraid, but dangerously isolated.
“Those who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse that many are going back into the closet to survive.
“But it’s not all bad news!” Kentlyn said. “As the film journeys through the challenges these elders face, we also see reasons for hope, as each person crosses paths with caring professionals and community members who are fighting for a better deal for LGBTI older people.
“This film is not just for LGBTI people, their families and friends.
“It’s also for those who work in aged care and community organisations, and indeed for anyone who cares about ageing and aged care in Australia in general, and the Hunter in particular. Everyone is welcome”, Kentlyn added.