The Coming Back Out Ball is a spectacular social event celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse and Intersex elders.
The Coming Back Out Ball 2018 will be presented on Thursday 25 October. Hosted by Tristan Meecham, the event will be presented at the Melbourne Town Hall as a premiere event of the Victorian Seniors Festival in association with the Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care.
Created and produced by All The Queens Men, this night-of-nights blended showbiz bells and whistles, community celebration, heartfelt story telling, dinner and dancing. Headline performers include: Briefs: Close Encounters, Electric Fields and Meow Meow with event direction by Cameron Menzies.
The Coming Back Out Ball was inspired by research revealing that some LGBTI elders conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity when they access aged care services – because they believe they are not safe. With so much change over the course of their lifetime, some LGBTI elders have lived through a period when being LGBTI could result in imprisonment, enforced medical ‘cures’, loss of employment and rejection by family and friends. For this generation, the first to fight for equality, impending old age may mean going back into the closet, or the risk of being deprived companionship or quality care when they need it most.
But there is hope for the older LGTBI community – the Victorian Government has expunged gay convictions and apologised to older gay men for the treatment they received; aged care service providers are embracing strategies to become more LGBTI inclusive; and Victoria will soon create Australia’s first LGBTI Pride Centre. The Coming Back Out Ball augments research and social services – it’s a public celebration and declaration to LGBTI elders of their worth and value, acknowledging their rich lived experiences.
The long-term vision is that The Coming Back Out Ball becomes a regular adored event on Melbourne’s social calendar; understood for its inclusivity and cultural significance.
The inaugural event was held on Saturday 7 October 2017, hosted by Robyn Archer with headline performances from Carlotta, Deborah Cheetham, Toni Lalich, Gerry Connolly and Lois Weaver supported by The Coming Back Out Orchestra conducted by Kathleen McGuire.
The Coming Back Out Ball 2018
Presented as a premiere event of the 2018 Victorian Seniors Festival in association with Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care. Funded by the City of Melbourne, Margaret Lawrence Bequest and Victorian State Government. Supported by Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives, Showtech Australia, Sofitel Hotels and Resorts, Victoria Whitelaw Beautiful Flowers. Auspiced by Auspicious Arts Projects.
The Coming Back Out Ball 2017
Presented as a premiere event of the 2017 Victorian Seniors Festival in association with the 3rd National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference (Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care). Funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, City of Melbourne, Margaret Lawrence Bequest and Victorian State Government. Supported by Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives, Showtech Australia, Sofitel Hotels and Resorts, The Big Anxiety Festival, Priceline Pharmacy, UBER. Victoria Whitelaw Beautiful Flowers. Auspiced by Auspicious Arts Projects and Victorian AIDS Council.