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Nursing Homes Can Push Gay Seniors Back Into Closet! ‘GEN SILENT’ Film On Gay Seniors Exposes Prejudices & Fears*

Critically acclaimed film GEN SILENT addresses issues and local panel offers solutions in South Florida screening.

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 Miami–Dade County. On November 27th a free public screening 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.

This 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. *Diane C. Lade, SunSentinel – 8/7/12

Do 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, bi-sexual 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. View emotional trailer at www.gensilent.com

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.

Screening will be held:

Tuesday, November 27th @ 7:30pm

The Miami Theater Center

9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores

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

Jake Miller, Esq., (The Law Offices of Armenteros & Miller, P.A.), concentrates on real estate, estate planning, family law and LGBT issues.

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. 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: O Cinema, The Miami Theater Center, The Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, Miami Shores Village People, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, The Pride Center, SunServe

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.

At A Glance

WHO: Creative Arts Enterprises

WHAT: AGING SMART GEN SILENT film and Panel

SCREENING

WHERE: The Miami Theater Center 9806 NE 2nd Avenue Miami Shores, FL

WHEN: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:30pm

CONTACT: Ellen Wedner 305.573.6477 office 305.586.6215 mobile wednerfriends@hotmail.com