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There are an estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual American over the age of 55 in the United States. These older adults may face exacerbated challenges including heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion.
The Fine Arts Theatre has teamed up with the LGBT Elder Advocates of Western North Carolina to bring light to the journey of our LGBT population. “The LGBT Elder Advocates of Western North Carolina aim to improve the lives of LGBT older adults in Western North Carolina by connecting people to resources and promoting cultural change” says chair person, Rebecca Chaplin. “In 2012 we worked with Fine Arts Theatre for a showing of GenSilent as a fundraiser for the LGBT Elder Advocates,” Chaplin said, “the film served to both raise awareness and educate our community on the needs of LGBT elders.” The showing was a great success.
This year the LGBT Elder Advocates of WNC will be working with the Fine Arts Theatre again to show the film Before You Know It. This film tells the stories of no ordinary senior citizens, but rather of go-go booted bar hoppers, love struck activists, bold adventurers and more. The film will show on Thursday, October 17th at 7 p.m. and Friday, October 18th matinee.
A wine and cheese reception will proceed the showing on Thursday, October 17th at 6pm at the Blue Spiral Gallery. Tickets for the reception and film will be $20; tickets for the film will be $10. Tickets will be available at the door, online via the Fine Arts Theatre or by calling 828-251-7438.