Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Its about time

This month, IN THE LIFE explores what it means to grow old as a gay person in America – how a generation once at the frontlines of establishing the modern LGBT movement finds, in what should be their golden years, new challenges living life openly gay. IT’S ABOUT TIME highlights the leaders spearheading a national effort to protect the rights of LGBT senior citizens and care for our elders.

According to The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, over 3 million LBGT people are over age 65. While seniors are protected against age-based discrimination by “The Older Americans’ Act,” the lack of LGBT specific protections can drive our pioneers back into the closet when entering long-term care facilities. Disturbed by this trend, some activists and visionaries have taken matters into their own hands by creating safe spaces for our elders.

A CONVERSATION WITH… Jennie Chin Hansen and Michael Adams
AARP President Jennie Chin Hansen and SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) Executive Director Michael Adams discuss the unique needs of LGBT seniors, and how their organizations build constituencies and communities dedicated to advocating for elders’ rights and quality of life.

REEL TO REEL: Edie and Thea; A Very Long Engagement
After a 42-year courtship, Edie and Thea are finally getting married. This tender documentary memorializes a life-long romance set against a backdrop of cultural change. Directed by Gréta Olafsdóttir and Susan Muska (The Brandon Teena Story), the film draws on a wealth of photographs, creating a touching mosaic of these two women’s lives—a tribute to the enduring power of love.

It’s About Time will begin airing May 1st. To watch a video preview click here. To find out when it airs in your local area, to stream or download it, go to the IN THE LIFE website.

Crush du Jour: Charlie Vargas


anne marie in philly said...

the crush has moobs and no fur...BOOOO!

robertga99 said...

Mmmmm, Charlie is a hottie. Hey, that rhymes. Hehe

Stephen said...

The Husband turned 60 last month... hard to belive. he was in his 20s when we met. I will need you to take care of us soon! Will you set up rocking chairs on your porch for us?

Hugs to your husband & your handsome self!