Melbourne is celebrating it’s second Coming Back Out Ball this Thursday, hosting once again a spectacular social event for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) elders 65+ at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Established as an event that empowers the LGBTI elders to assert their social agency, value and worth in a mainstream and ageist paradigm, the event nurtures a sense of inclusivity and cultural significance.
Artistic Director of the event, Tristan Meecham, says the Ball is a gift to honour the LGBTI ageing community, putting the priority on them. ““LGTBI elders are able to attend the ball for FREE. We want to acknowledge and champion the paths they’ve forged. Our vision is that The Coming Back Out Ball becomes an adored regular event on Melbourne’s social calendar.”
The Ball itself is a mixture of showbiz bells and whistles, enabling for community celebration and heartfelt storytelling with a full dinner service, and featuring performances from Briefs: Close Encounters, Meow Meow, Electric Fields and a very special Coming Back Out Ball band.
The Coming Back Out Ball 2017 Highlights
The Coming Back Out Ball is conceived as a long-term ongoing project supporting the social needs and development of the growing LGTBI community – and brings together different tiers of government and cross-sectorial partners to address the complexity of ageing and social isolation for this marginalised group.
In 2018, The Coming Back Out Ball will address social isolation, ageism, homophobia and transphobia through a series of creative actions that celebrates and acknowledges LGBTI elders across rural and regional Victoria.
All The Queens Men will initiate social dance events to connect with socially-isolated LGBTI elders in partnership with municipalities across Victoria, including Greater Shepparton City Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Glen Eira City Council and Yarra City Council.
Last year, the first The Coming Back Out Ball was held in the middle of the Australian same-sex postal survey and featured LGBTI performers like Robyn Archer, Carlotta, Deborah Cheetham, Toni Lalich, Gerry Connolly, Lois Weaver and supported by The Coming Back Out Ball orchestra conducted by Dr Kathleen McGuire.
The Coming Back Out Ball Trailer
Lizzi Craig who attended last year’s ball says, “It’s the first time I have been honoured for all the decades of struggles and my lifetime commitment to my activism for my community.”
The Coming Back Out Ball has grown with long-term social transformation projects that include the LGBTI Elders Dance Club, which was been held monthly for the last three years at the Fitzroy Town Hall and this year has grown throughout regional Victoria.
Last year’s The Coming Back Out Ball also inspired a feature length film documentary, which recently premiered at the closing night gala for the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival, and which will have a national cinema release date soon.
Acknowledging the work and advancement of LGBTI elders in the community, you can find out more at about The Coming Back Out Ball on their website here.
Dates: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Location: Melbourne Town Hall - 90–130 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Admission: FREE LGBTI+ Elders (65+), $150 Full, and $75 Senior Concession