Applaud Bold LGBT Documentary

elderly lgbt

Target: PJ Raval

Goal: Commend filmmaker for eye-opening documentary about the elderly LGBT community.

The phenomenon of aging is synonymous with dozens of negative connotations that many are forced to fear are inevitable. Filmmaker PJ Raval chose to focus his latest documentary, “Before You Know It”, on just this subject, but with a remarkable twist that highlights what it means to be a senior citizen and a member of the LGBT community.

With all of the change that’s happened related to LGBT rights in the past decade, the current LGBT senior population has seen a massive amount of transformation in their lifetimes. From Stonewall, to the AIDS crisis, the “Defense of Marriage Act,” and “Modern Family,” these seniors have experienced all that being gay in America can do to a person.

Raval’s feature-length documentary investigates the lives of three elderly LGBT members as they explain their youth, coming out stories, their struggles, successes, hopes and identities in a progressive, millennial landscape. “Before You Know It” brings visibility to an even further marginalized group and celebrates the lives of these generational trailblazers, who have endured prejudice and challenged expectations to develop communities that provide support to elderly LGBTs through fearlessness and pride.

Known for his films that focus exclusively on human rights and the gay community, PJ Raval has outdone himself with this interesting, heartfelt and powerful retelling of a subculture within a subculture fighting endlessly to be respected, represented and, simply put, loved. By signing this petition, you’ll commend PJ Raval’s efforts and dedication to accurately depicting the lives of LGBT people, and support the bold move of bringing the film to major theaters.


Dear PJ Raval,

Your recent documentary “Before You Know It,” depicting the lives of three elderly LGBTs, is daring, revealing and insatiably commendable. The gay community, as you know, has been overrun by hyper-sexuality and an obsession with youth that has plagued the lives of those who don’t fit into the ‘gay norm.’ This separation within an already marginalized group causes further strain and division but, through the creation of your documentary, individuals from all walks of life can appreciate the underlying message of hunting for an identity, the acceptance of it, and the power of community; you’ve successfully mended the gap.

The powerful story of these three elderly LGBTs brings to light the bigotry, homophobia, transphobia, racism and sexism that all LGBT members, regardless of age, have come to experience in their lives, and shows that progress is more powerful in numbers, with infallible support from those who understand what it means to gay, but more importantly, what it means to be human.

Thank you for your eye-opening cinematic creation, and I wish you further success in the future.


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