Pilgrim Manor to host screening of film that chronicles life as LGBT older adult

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Pilgrim Manor, a full-service retirement community in Grand Rapids, will host a screening of the award-winning film “Gen Silent” during Pride Month.

The film asks viewers to consider what they would do if they were an older adult, disabled and afraid of discrimination or abuse. “Gen Silent” is the documentary from director and filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT older adults if they will hide their lives to survive. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year in Boston.

“Gen Silent” brings these issues into the forefront. The film shows the wide range of quality of paid caregivers – from those who are specifically trained to make LGBT older adults feel safe, to the other end of the spectrum, where LGBT older adults face discrimination, neglect or abuse.

Doors open at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, at 6:30 p.m. June 12. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit grcmc.org or call 616.459.4788.

A panel discussion will take place at the end of the film. Panelists are Rev. Bruce Roller, Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek and Tommy Allen. Rev. Rachel Bahr will serve as moderator.

At Pilgrim Manor, we invite people to come as they are, providing a safe and welcoming environment that is open and affirming to anyone who walks through our doors.

In addition to the ONA designation, Pilgrim Manor holds a silver-level certification in SAGECare training, cultural competency training for those working with the LGBT community. SAGECare is a program of SAGE, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. To attain the silver certification, more than 40 percent of staff underwent training.

For more information about Pilgrim Manor, visit pilgrimmanor.org.


About Pilgrim Manor:  Pilgrim Manor offers assisted living, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care on a beautiful campus conveniently located in northeast Grand Rapids, Michigan, just minutes from downtown. We focus on individualized care in a casual and comfortable atmosphere for 135 residents. Pilgrim Manor is a United Church Homes community and employs 158 people.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org