Free showing of critically acclaimed film, 'Gen Silent,' Aug. 25 in Westlake

Church of the Redeemer UCC will host a screening of Stu Maddox’s critically acclaimed film, "Gen Silent," Sunday, Aug. 25, at noon at the church, 23500 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. The viewing is free, but attendees are asked to make reservations by calling the church at 440-331-0834 or emailing

The documentary tells the story of six LGBT older adults transitioning to assisted care and facing the decision of going back into the closet 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 open for the first time. The film shows the wide range of quality of paid caregivers – from those who are specifically trained to make LGBT seniors feel safe to the other end of the spectrum, where LGBT elders face discrimination, neglect or abuse.

Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging with United Church Homes, will lead a brief discussion and answer questions following the film. 

For more information, contact the church or visit

Barbara Powell

Barb Powell is the communication specialist for Church of the Redeemer UCC in Westlake.

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