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
Length: 82 minutes
Premiere: US West Coast
Director, Producer & Writer: Sue Thomson
Writer/Co-producer: Roger Monk
Co-producer: Tristan Meecham
Shaun Miller, Tony Nagle,
Paul Giggle, Nelson Khoury, Michael McMahon
Photo credit: Bryony Jackson