The inspiration behind Before You Know It came in 2008, when I was invited to screen my last film in upstate New York. There was a good LGBT turnout, and they were almost exclusively LGBT seniors. I realized how little I'd seen or heard of them as a community, and I started to question why.
Regardless of the show's ultimate success, the significance of Golden Gays lies in the fact that it is the first television show in history to focus on the lives of lesbian and gay seniors. By definition, this is groundbreaking television.
Both women have worked their whole lives but never made enough to save for retirement. Both volunteered their time caring for those in shelters and hospices but, now that they are in need of the very care they provided, where do they turn?
I invited him to join me and two friends I'd invited to dinner Friday night. Morrie was the hit of the party. I'm lucky to have friends who, as I do, revere our elders and soak up the drops of wisdom woven like pearls into the fabric of their stories.
David Brooks, a writer from The New York Times, asked people over 70 to share how they felt about their lives. The biggest percentage said they felt they had missed out on doing what they wanted to do with their lives. My friends, there is still time.
Aging Americans have been affected on all fronts by the economic crisis, not only in housing but in cuts to health care, and the continued marginalization and lack of integration of people of color and, more so, LGBT elders of color into this dialogue.