Getting older can be difficult, but in the LGBT community, aging can present its own set of challenges. Jewish Family Service will host a showing of the documentary “Before You Know It” March 30.
The film focuses on the lives of three LGBT senior adults who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie. Dennis, who is a widower and is retired from the military, has come out as a cross-dresser in his 70s and finds acceptance at the Rainbow Vista Retirement Community; Ty, an African-American in Harlem, sets up the first gay booth at a Harlem street fair; and Robert is the owner of a drag bar in New Orleans.
The event begins with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 6 p.m. There will be an open discussion following the film.
The movie is free and open to the public. RSVP online www.jfsakron.org/calendar/lgbt-movie or call (330) 867-3388 to reserve a spot. The event will take place at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, 750 White Pond Dr., in Akron.
“We’re so thrilled to be sharing this film with the community. It has the power to spark a valuable discussion about the often-overlooked members of the LGBT community, especially those over the age of 55,” said Gizelle Jones, executive director of Jewish Family Service.
Jewish Family Service provides resources and support for Akron’s senior LGBT residents. The program is made possible through a grant from the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation.The Gay Community Endowment Fund accepts grant applications for programs and services that positively impact the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, as well as Greater Akron as a whole.
For info, visit www.jfsakron.org or call (330) 867-3388.