Social isolation is a growing epidemic for Australians with one in four adults suffering from significantly worse mental and physical health due to loneliness.
This is more acute for older Australians, and even more so for members of the LGBTIQ+ community who tend to go “back in the closet” as they get older and require medical care or assistance.
“Living in the country, I sometimes feel a little bit isolated. So it's a great opportunity to connect with that community in a good way.” - Markie Linhart
Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid started the All the Queen’s Men (ATQM) LGBTI Elders Dance Club in 2014 as a way of championing equality, social health and human connection.
“We collaborate with communities of all shapes, sizes and identities to produce creative, transformative experiences,” says Tristan. “It's about building community over a long period of time and acknowledging that you can come out no matter what age you are.”