LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club is coming to the Gold Coast

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Arts company All The Queens Men is inviting our Gold Coast elders to the first fabulous and free LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club this weekend.

All the Queens Men first started the LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club in Melbourne in 2016. Two years later, the social event led to the group’s inaugural glitzy Coming Back Out Ball, that’s now become an annual fixture.

Since then, they’ve spread their social dance events across the country, including in Brisbane.

And this weekend they’re bringing the LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club to the Gold Coast for the first time.

The Dance Club events boast an afternoon of entertainment and joy with “lots of socialising, toasts and speeches and opportunities to break out into dance.”

Producer Adelaide Rief explained with each event around the country, All The Queens Men want to bring together local communities.

Sadly, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse elders feel they must “go back into the closet” to access aged care and social support services.

Many elderly people experience isolation and loneliness, but this is particularly acute for our LGBTIQ+ elders.

“At the moment, Covid is making it challenging for our elders to get out and have social opportunities,” Rief explained.

“Particularly those LGBTIQ+ elders who have either had challenging histories or have only recently come out in older age.

“We want to provide a really safe and welcoming space for them to feel valued and seen and celebrated.”

LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club on the Gold Coast

Adelaide Rief said everyone is welcome to the Gold Coast’s LGBTIQ+ Dance Club. No RSVP or dance experience is needed, and nibbles, tea and coffee are provided.

The event starts at the Burleigh Heads RSL this Saturday (October 9) from 2pm to 4pm.

The events are on monthly, with the next two planned for the same venue on November 13 and December 12.

All The Queens Men are conducting the event in compliance with all Queensland public health directives, including social distancing.

All attendees must wear face masks at all times. Masks and hand sanitiser will also be available at the venue.

To find out more about the LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club events, visit All The Queens Men’s Facebook page.

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