Beautiful local LGBTIQ documentary The Coming Back Out Ball Movie is now streaming in Australia on Netflix.
The film features a group of LGBTIQ elders who share the heartwarming and heart-wrenching stories of their lives.
They’re all preparing to attend The Coming Back Out Ball, a glitzy gala event in Melbourne.
It was held for the first time at the Melbourne Town Hall in October 2017, during the marriage equality postal survey. Since then, the Ball has become an annual fixture in the city.
Tristan Meecham, from arts company All The Queens Men, created the event. He and his team began the monthly LGBTIQ Seniors Dance Club to bring them together and practice some dance moves for the ball.
For the documentary, filmmakers captured the elders preparing for the inaugural night of live entertainment, dancing and pride.
We also get a fly-on-the-wall look at the planning process as Tristan gets the elders’ feedback on everything, from the music to the entertainment to the timing.
“Older people need to go to bed early,” 73 year-old Ardy Tibby declares at one meeting.
Why The Coming Back Out Ball is needed
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, Tristan explains.
He said he wants to address this with the monthly social events and the annual Coming Back Out Ball.
“As a younger person, you take your sexual or gender identity for granted,” he said.
“This is a generation who didn’t have that privilege.
“There are members that have been married, that have lived life in a very closeted context for a long time. Others have lived through times when they were imprisoned.
“We want to acknowledge and champion the paths they’ve forged.”
Since 2017, Tristan and his team have expanded their social LGBTIQ Elders Dance Clubs across the country.
The Coming Back Out Ball Movie is streaming in Australia on Netflix. Watch the trailer below:
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