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LGBTQIA Documentary and Selected Feature Films Available in Streaming: Seniors

Seniors

Beauty Before Age: Growing Older in Gay Culture (Kanopy)
"The film critically examines the pressure to look young and attractive, lack of positive older role models and ways in which AIDS intensifies the fear and process of aging. Beauty Before Age offers a male perspective on a historically female issue and illuminates the larger societal obsession with physical appearance..."

Before You Know It (Kanopy)
"The subjects of Before You Know It are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, trouble making baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But Before You Know It is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it's a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie.."

Gen Silent (Kanopy)
"The generation that fought hardest to come out of the closet is going back in to survive.What would you do if you were old, disabled or ill - and the person feeding you put down the spoon and said that you are going to hell unless you change your sexual preference?Sound absurd? Social workers around the world say it's happening every day. Gen Silent is the critically acclaimed documentary from 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 care system."

Out Late
"...is an inspirational and moving documentary about five individuals who made the courageous and life-altering decision to come out as lesbian, gay, or transgender, after the age of 55. Why did they wait until their 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s to come out? And what was the turning point that caused each of them to openly declare their sexuality? From Canada to Florida to Kansas, we explore what ultimately led these dynamic individuals to make the liberating choice to live openly and honestly amongst their family, friends and community, perhaps for the first time in their lives."

Silent Pioneers: Gay and Lesbian Elders
"...is a ground-breaking film about LGBTQ seniors who lived before the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the turning point in gay history that started the lesbian and gay liberation movement. Living in an era when being queer was not tolerated, these pioneers battled for self-esteem and survival in a "straight world,” meeting the usual challenges of aging - the loss of loved ones and their own terminal illnesses - with grace and heart. Among those profiled are: a male couple still in love after 55 years; a former monk turned rancher in Arizona in his 80’s; a leader of the peace movement living with her partner and community in the Florida Keys; and a black great-grandmother who came out to her children and grandchildren. "

Ten More Good Years: Senior Citizens in the Battle for LGBT Rights
"Staying active is important to America’s elderly, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. This program sheds light on the unique challenges faced by aging members of the LGBT community. Featuring remarkable elders who describe the obstacles, injustices, and victories that have shaped their lives, the film also presents coast-to-coast interviews with gerontologists, social service workers, attorneys, senior strategists from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and a host of other figures. Viewers also learn about the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, yet another window into what it will mean to grow old and gay in America."

 

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