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Aired Aug 19, 2021

Being Queer & Aging

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, August 19. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by e-mailing [email protected].

Article: Joyful new documentary “Senior Prom” is a revolutionary portrayal of aging while queer

Source: LGBTQ Nation

Author: Molly Sprayregen

Film: Senior Prom: LGBTQ+ Seniors Get the Prom of Their Dreams | PBS Short Docs

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Many people weren’t familiar with the annual prom for LGBTQ+ elders, hosted by the LA LGBT Center. Are there many events like this one in other communities? What impact do these events have on those able to attend? Is there a sense of events like this making up for missed opportunities?

  2. A study, recently published in the Clinical Gerontologist, analyzed research related to LGBTQ+ elder care in long-term facilities. What can you tell us about that study? Is there anything you would recommend to long-term care facilities that would like to create events and activities, like the senior prom, that are inclusive of LGBTQ+ residents?

  3. One of the filmmakers noted that she’d never met a lesbian over the age of 50. In your opinion, is that common for LGBTQ+ youth? Do you have any recommendations for community advocates who would like to create space where multiple generations of LGBTQ+ folks can come together and connect in a meaningful way?

Looking for an article that goes into more detail about the study recently published in Clinical Gerontologist? Check out “A Second ‘Closet’ for Some LGBTQ Seniors Entering Nursing Homes” from HealthDay by Alan Mozes to learn more.

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