A pop-up LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club will be hitting the dance floor in Stornoway on Saturday 21 March as part of the year-long Coming Back Out Ball celebrations.

The event is taking place at An Lanntair, Stornoway from 2-4pm and is an opportunity for older members and allies of the LGBTI+ community to meet new people, celebrate community, chat and have a dance in a safe and fun environment.

This pop-up event is in addition to the very successful monthly Social Dance Clubs that have been running in Glasgow and Inverness since May 2019 and which will run until May 2020. Pop up dance clubs will also be appearing in Perth, Edinburgh, Ayr, Lyth and Rothesay.

The Social Dance Clubs are part of The Coming Back Out Ball which is a year- long, multi-event celebration of lesbian, gay bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex elders in Scotland. A group who have lived through times when being LGBTI+ could result in imprisonment, loss of employment and rejection by family or friends.

The project originated and has been pioneered in Australia by arts company All The Queens Men as a way to celebrate a generation discriminated against for years and who, according to recent findings, fear having to ‘return to the closet’ as they get older. This is the first time that this community committed project has been created and shared outside of Australia.

The LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Clubs will come to a fabulous climax with the spectacular Coming Back Out Ball in June 2020. The Ball, hosted by Karen Dunbar will be a spectacular celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex elders. It is for those who have taken part in the LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Clubs, friends, family and those in the wider community.

A night of celebration, special guests, performances, food, drink and dancing featuring performances from iconic singer songwriter Horse Macdonald, the legendary Jo Clifford and Dean Atta- the sensational performance poet. With more acts to be confirmed.

The National Theatre of Scotland, All The Queens Men, Eden Court and Luminate and LGBT Health and Wellbeing are delighted to be working alongside agencies and organisations in Scotland to hold the first national forum about LGBTI+ people and ageing

The Coming Back Out Conversation, to take place in the lead up to the Ball, will be a one-day event opening up a vital discussion between a wide range of attendees, offering the chance to hear from LGBTI+ people about their experiences of getting older in everyday life, in care services and health provision, and anything else which emerges from consultations in the lead up to the event.

Learning will be shared from and with Australian partners, All The Queens Men, to find out about the progress that has been made in the state of Victoria in terms of legislation and social change for LGBTI+ elders.

Working alongside Scottish Care, Scottish Trans Alliance and LGBT Youth Scotland, this conversation event promises to be a dynamic encounter between LGBTI+ Elders with lived experience and those who have the power to implement real change.

The National Theatre of Scotland Creative Lead on the project is Lewis Hetherington and for All The Queens Men, Artistic Directors Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid.