School of Social Work to co-sponsor documentary on discrimination faced by elderly LBGT populations in nursing homes

Salem State University’s School of Social Work, in conjunction with North Shore Elder Services, will screen the powerful Stu Maddox film Gen Silent, which documents the fears faced by elderly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT ) persons in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other institutional settings.

For a generation that spent a lifetime coming out, says Maddox, many are forced to consider going back in to avoid the rampant abuse, neglect and discrimination they face as elderly citizens requiring nursing and end-of-life care. “What would you do,” asks one, “if you were old, disabled or ill—and the person feeding you put down the spoon and explained that you are going to hell unless you change your sexual orientation?”

Gen Silent will be shown on Sunday, April 3, at 2 pm in Salem State’s newest residence facility, Marsh Hall (located on the university’s Central Campus). Following the film, Robert Linscott, assistant director of the LGBT Aging Project, and Sarah Greenberg, a faculty member in Salem State’s School of Social Work, will lead a discussion of the film.

Tickets can be ordered ordered online at http://www.gensilentmovie.eventbrite.com/, by email at rgauthier@nselder.org or by phoning 978.750.4540 ext. 220.