Sunday, August 29th marked a multi-cultural and multi-generational milestone for the Central Virginia aging LGBT community. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of, among many others, the VCU Department of Gerontology, the Gay Community Center of Richmond, and the Richmond Triangle Players, the Virginia Premiere of Director Stu Maddux’s “Gen Silent” was an overwhelming success. With the 4:00 pm show a sell out and the 7:00 pm show not terribly far behind, both audiences enjoyed the 63-minute documentary which follows 6 stories of LGBT seniors who are afraid of aging into the current healthcare system for fear of apathy, discrimination, and even abuse.
Director Stu Maddux and Executive Producer Barrie Atkin were on hand for both shows, from California and Massachusetts respectively, to shed light onto the reasons for their involvement in the project and plans for future premieres. Both Maddux and Atkin were very pleased with the Richmond premiere and commended the efforts that went into producing the event, which raised nearly $7000 for the documentary and the Gay Community Center of Richmond.
Future programming is being planned, including the development of a local SAGE chapter (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) through the Gay Community Center of Richmond. The VCU Department of Gerontology also remains committed to the development of person-centered curriculum that explores cultural competence and sensitivity for minority and disenfranchised aging populations. For more information on Gen Silent, please visit www.gensilent.com. For more information on SAGE programming in Richmond, please visit www.gayrichmond.com. To contact Jay White, please visit www.wordmarketingva.com.
Eric Russell talks to Stu Maddox, the director of the film, as well as Executive Producer Barrie Atkin.
Other members of the panel include Shannon Marling, a VCU Gerontology student, Cindy Bray, Program Director of the Gay Community Center of Richmond and Ayn Welleford, chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology.
Watch the video below.
Editor’s Note: Jay White & Eric Russell contributed to this article.
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