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THE COMING BACK OUT BALL

SUNDAY, MAY 5,  NOON


The inspiring story of Melbourne, Australia’s 2017 Coming Back Out Ball and several of its attendees opens an important conversation about LGBTQ elders and the experience of entering queer life as an older person. Ball organizer Tristan Meecham conceived the event after learning that some older people who had come out in their younger days found themselves "back into the closet" as age isolated them from the community. Following the lives of several Ball-goers before the big event, Sue Thomson’s entertaining film shows the courage and humor of individuals who have lived through a dramatic evolution of queer people’s position in the world and in their own communities, with firsthand accounts of a time when LGBTQ people were reviled and hidden, all culminating in the joyful spectacle of the Ball itself. 


The variety of stories, from people who were activists throughout the past several decades, to those who came out much more recently after living within the mainstream most of their lives, captures a true and affecting portrait of the challenges of aging in any context as well as the profound meaning of finally being a part of a welcoming and celebratory community.

 - Laure Parsons


FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY THOMAS LAUDERDALE, KERBY ROY LAUDERDALE AND HUNTER NOACK



Year: 2019

Length: 82 minutes

Language: English

Country: Australia

Premiere: US West Coast


CREDITS

Director, Producer & Writer: Sue Thomson

Producer: 

Adam Farrington-Williams 

Writer/Co-producer: Roger Monk 

Co-producer: Tristan Meecham

Executive Producers: 

Shaun Miller, Tony Nagle, 

Paul Giggle, Nelson Khoury, Michael McMahon 


COMMUNITY PARTNERS:

SAGE

http://friendlyhouseinc.org/sage/


White Bird

whitebird.org


Photo credit: Bryony Jackson



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