A collaboration between nonprofit SAGE and Brooklyn’s new senior community The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, the new exhibit “Not Another Second” offers audiences a candid glimpse into the private and public lives of 12 LGBT+ seniors who represent a wide range of diverse backgrounds, professions and ethnicities.
They include a former politician, military veterans, a Stonewall survivor and Black Panther.
For LGBT+ seniors, coming out was infinitely more difficult than it is today. As a result, many have lost years of not being their authentic selves fully and not being able to openly love who they choose.
“In the 80s and 90s, everybody was scared to death to come out, they didn’t know who to trust,” said Richard Prescott who is featured in the exhibition alongside his husband. “I think I lost a lot of years not being myself. Not only do we get to share our stories but give courage to younger generations who are still scared of being their authentic self.”
The stories are told through a series of compelling portraits that intersect personal experiences of living during a time when being an LGBT+ individual was a crime.
Each portrait, shot by noted German photographer Karsten Thormaehlen, is accompanied by the number of years lost living in the closet.
Through Augmented Reality technology, visitors will be able to experience candid, one-on-one interviews with the seniors as they tell their stories of integrity, resilience and humanity while paving a better way for future generations.
These stories come from the individuals who were a part of the generation that led the Stonewall uprising, founded political group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and helped end the US military policy commonly referred to as “don't ask, don’t tell.”
Not Another Second will make its national debut in the art gallery of The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights at 21 Clark Street this month. Free public and socially distanced viewings of the exhibit will take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from January 19 through March 2021.
Book and reserve your timed ticket at notanothersecond.com, where you can also find a virtual presentation of the exhibit.
“Over the span of decades, LGBT elders have proven what it means to be resilient and live vibrant and full lives, even in the face of discrimination,” said Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE. “Too often, the achievements of LGBT pioneers are pushed aside or hidden back in the closet as they get older.”