To launch the project’s development All The Queens Men have gathered industry experts to discuss some of the broader issues effecting older LGBTI people, provoking a discussion around ageism, homophobia and transphobia. This panel provides a chance to reflect on the issues that inspired The Coming Back Out Project.
In 2016, All The Queens Men will commence the development of The Coming Back Out Ball, a performance event that aims to empower and celebrate LGBTI older people, many who have faced lifelong discrimination. The Coming Back Out Ball is large-scale arts project that has long-term social and public outcomes. The project aims to empower and celebrate LGBTI older people through participatory performance and provide a platform for those who face discrimination, be it conscious or unconscious, to tell their story. The project will culminate in a spectacular glamorous Queer Ball. With strategic goals of connectivity through creativity, the long term vision is for the project to become a regular event on the social calendar; understood for its inclusivity, artistic verve and cultural significance.
How have, and do older LGBTI+ people experience discrimination? How does this differ from their straight-identifying counterparts? What ways can older LGBTI+ people be supported by the wider community and by health care providers?
The recording can be found below.
Presented at The Substation, Melbourne. Wednesday 10 February 2016.
Dr Catherine Barrett (Director, Celebrate Ageing), Lizzi Craig (Victorian Aids Council), Pauline Crameri (Coordinator, Val’s Café), Rowena Allen (Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Victorian Government) David Morrison (Member, Vintage Men) and Joe Rae Latham (Intersex and Trans Ageing Coordinator, Val’s Cafe). Produced by Tristan Meecham.