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The Coming Back Out Salon

Sat Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Sat Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sat Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Coming Back Out Salon is a spectacular celebration for the whole LGBTQIA+ community.

This concert features The Sydney Youth Orchestra, Robyn Archer, Deborah Cheetham, Paul Capsis, Nana Miss Koori, Tina Del Twist, June Jones, The Huxleys, Nefertiti LaNegra, Dollar Bin Darlings, Tristan Meecham and Sydney Pride Dance Championships.

An afternoon tea dance for the whole LGBTQIA+ community to gather alongside our LGBTQIA+ elders to eat, drink, dance, reminisce and dream together into the future.

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

The event is inspired by growing research around isolation and loneliness experienced by LGBTQIA+ elders. In Australia, these elders have lived through times when being LGBTQIA+ could result in imprisonment, enforced medical ‘cures’, loss of employment and rejection by family and friends. For many, impending old age has meant going back into the closet, for fear of being deprived of companionship and quality care when they need it most.

After presenting The Coming Back Out Salon internationally, All The Queens Men are proud to present the NSW premiere as the opening event at Sydney WorldPride.

The Coming Back Out Salon is produced and presented by All The Queens Men for Sydney WorldPride in association with ACON and the Love Project. Supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative, Create NSW and City of Sydney.

Created and Produced by All The Queens Men
Artistic Directors: Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid
Designer: Jonathan Oxlade
Lighting: Ben (Bosco) Shaw
Creative Producer: Anna Pidgeon
Video: Logan Mucha
Photography: Bryony Jackson ATQM

Production Manager: Emma Bedford

A drag queen sits crouched, talking into a microphone between a well-dressed elderly queer couple at a banquet table
a singer in a red dress in the foreground with a conductor behind her to the left, presumably facing an orchestra

Tickets from: $40
Gadigal Land

Sydney Town Hall

483 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia

Please contact All The Queens Men if the ticket price presents a barrier for you to attending this event. The venue is wheelchair accessible via the Druitt Street Entrance (opposite Queen Victoria Building) and equipped with a hearing loop. Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome. Please let us know so we can assist you on arrival. Accessible unisex toilet facilities are available.

Public transport: Train - Town Hall Station; Light Rail - L2 and L3 lines, Town Hall Stop; Bus - frequent bus services to stops around the venue. Visit https://transportnsw.info/ to plan your journey. There is limited street parking in the CBD. Attendees should use the car parking available at a number of parking stations close by. The two car parks nearest to Sydney Town Hall are: QVB Parking and St Andrews parking.

All welcome.


Sat Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm
Sat Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm
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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.