The Coming Back Out Ball

No longer going ahead as planned



It is with a very heavy heart that we are looking at the impact of COVID-19 and how this affects our planned activities and tours and the people we work with. The health of all, and especially of those who are the most vulnerable to the effects of the virus, is the first and foremost priority of the organisation.

Following consultation and discussions with all partners we have taken the difficult decision of postponing The Coming Back Out Ball .

Your original ticket(s) for The Ball will remain valid and we will update you as soon as we can on the new date.

However if you would like a refund or would like to cancel your ticket(s) please email us on or call us on 0141 227 9019 and we will arrange this.

A spectacular celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex elders.

Throughout 2019 LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Clubs have been presented around the country for the whole rainbow community. These events will continue into 2020 and culminate in a spectacular social event: The Coming Back Out Ball

The Coming Back Out Ball is designed to be a gift – one that acknowledges the resilience of this community, a gift of visibility to LGBTI+ elders who have lived through it all, and a safe space for those elders just discovering themselves.

Your host will be Karen Dunbar, Scottish icon Horse will be accompanied by her band and other members from the LGBTI+ community, Dean Atta, the sensational performance poet, will perform, and the legendary Jo Clifford will be writing a piece inspired by the project, which she will perform live at the event.

Join us on what promises to be a night of real cultural significance, to sit alongside LGBTI+ elders to eat, drink, dance, reminisce and dream together into the future.

The Coming Back Out Ball has been successfully pioneered in Australia by arts company All The Queens Men to celebrate a generation of LGBTI+ people who have been 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 radical community focused project has been created and shared outside of Australia.

For more information email: or call 0141 227 0970


National Theatre of Scotland and All The Queens Men co-production, in partnership with Eden Court and Luminate and in association with Glasgow City Council.

About the Project

The original Coming Back Out Ball and Social Dance clubs were started in Australia by All The Queens Men. The project was then started in Scotland following discussions where many older LGBTI+ people said they feared they may ‘return to the closet’ as they lose independence with age, particularly if they need to rely on carers or residential care. The project aims to strengthen the LGBTI+ over 50s community and promotes their visibility and safety.

The LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club addresses ageism, social isolation, homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia and transphobia by supporting the recreational, artistic and social rights of LGBTI+ over 50s, creating a regular safe, inclusive space. It also facilitates the physical, cognitive and emotional benefits that come from regular creative and physical practice.

Creative team

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