Shake Your Groove Thing! Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Prom Featured in Short Documentary Streaming Now on PBS Voices - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Shake Your Groove Thing! Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Prom Featured in Short Documentary Streaming Now on PBS Voices

June 2, 2021
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Senior Prom is the subject of a short documentary that will launch this week and stream on PBS Voices’ YouTube platform.

Directed by Luisa Conlon and produced by the queer, female-led production company Cousins, the 14-minute film, Senior Prom, follows a cast of older adults—all of whom are residents of the Center’s Triangle Square apartments in Hollywood. It chronicles their preparation for and attendance at the highly-anticipated Senior Prom, organized and hosted by the Center’s Senior Services Department.

Senior Prom succeeds in capturing the magic and energy experienced by hundreds of our senior clients who feel free to express themselves—in every sense of the phrase—at this event,” said the Center’s Director of Senior Services Kiera Pollock, M.S.W. “From their impeccable attire and appearances to their zestful dance moves on the dance floor, it details the prom’s revelry as well as its more serious moments. The film conveys the trials and tribulations which some of our seniors endured in the early years of the LGBT movement. Thanks to them, our LGBT community has progressed this far. Watch Senior Prom and be prepared to shake your groove thing!”

Filmed at the Pickwick Gardens in Burbank at the 2017 and 2019 proms, Senior Prom showcases the stories of three trailblazing seniors:

• Nancy Valverde, a lesbian from East Los Angeles. Valverde was arrested more than a dozen times by the Los Angeles Police Department from the 1940s to the 1960s for “masquerading,” a law which criminalized the wearing of gender non-conforming clothing;

• Father Robert M. Clement, a revolutionary gay priest who came out at the 1970 Christopher Street Library Day March in New York and performed the first holy unions of LGBT couples in the Big Apple; and

• Andi Segal, a romantic who found love on the dance floors of Los Angeles’ lesbian bars of the 1960s after battling rejection from her mother.

“This film is an opportunity to celebrate the generations who paved the way for us,” said producer Jessica Chermayeff and director Luisa Conlon. “For so many LGBTQ+ young people, prom has been emblematic of a world they could not experience as their authentic selves. As we begin Pride month, we hope the stories in this film can offer inspiration and hope after such a difficult year. We’re thrilled to feature the Center’s prom which empowers LGBT seniors with the freedom and excitement to take back the night they never had the chance to have and honors those who fought for the right to love, live, and dance openly.”

Following its premiere on PBS Voices, Senior Prom will screen at several film festivals nationwide, including AFI Docs Film Festival and the Provincetown International Film Festival.

For more information about Senior Prom, visit seniorpromfilm.com and follow @seniorpromfilm on Instagram and Twitter.

For more information about the Center’s Senior Services, visit lalgbtcenter.org/seniors

WHAT:
Senior Prom
The world premiere of a 14-minute short documentary about the infectiously joyful celebration of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Senior Prom.

WHEN:
Streaming now through June 30, 2021

WHERE:
Watch the film at bit.ly/seniorpromfilm

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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