Adelaide's senior LGBTQIA+ members are being loved and supported by COTA SA during the arts and cultural celebration Feast Festival this November.
The council's Feast events offer a safe and inclusive space for older queer people to connect with one another, have meaningful conversations about end-of-life choices, and pay tribute to community members who have died.
Now in its 26th year, Feast is an open-access festival that showcases emerging and established artists from both local and interstate LGBTQIA+ communities from November 1-19. COTA SA's Rainbow Hub has participated in Feast each year since 2018.
COTA SA volunteers shared in the sunshine of Feast Festival's iconic and hero event, Picnic in the Park, on Sunday, November 5.
Next, the council's Rainbow Hub Compassion Cafe is a unique chance to share thoughts and experiences around end of life choices. The event will foster an open discussion about end-of-life in a safe space and offer information around rights and choices.
The cafe is at SAMESH, 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide, on Wednesday, November 8 from 5-7pm. Bookings can be made here.
In Loving Remembrance: A LGBTI+ Community Memorial Event provides a rare opportunity for community members to publicly remember, honour and celebrate those who have died. This heartfelt, secular session will allow attendees to come together in a safe and affirming environment to share stories, and look to the future with courage and hope, during an afternoon of healing, support, music and celebration.
It will be held at Church of the Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Park, on Saturday, November 11 from 2-4pm. The event is supported by the Suzanne Elliott Charitable Trust. Bookings here.
On a lighter note, the hub's monthly lunch for people aged 50 and over is on at Treasury 1860, 144 King William St, Adelaide on Thursday, November 16 from noon-1.30pm. Register your attendance here, food and drink paid separately.
Rainbow Hub officer Jackie Wurm was pleased the organisation could help join the festival with meaningful and supportive events which will help older South Australians to learn about their end-of-life care choices in an inspiring inter-generational conversation.
"In Loving Remembrance will be a chance to share stories, heal and reflect on those who we have lost, as well as years lost in the closet. I'm glad we'll connect with older LGBTI community and offer a safe and inclusive space," Jackie said.
COTA SA chief executive officer Miranda Starke is proud of the organisation's commitment to representing the full diversity of older South Australians.
"COTA SA's Rainbow Hub plays an important role in empowering LGBTI older South Australians to be seen, heard and celebrated," she said.
"Our Rainbow Hub LGBTI elders provide valued advice and insights into their own experiences which shape COTA SA's policy, advocacy, and programs.
"I encourage older LGBTI people and their allies to connect with our Rainbow Hub at Feast Festival and to know that COTA SA celebrates and creates a safe place for LGBTI older people all year round."
Click here or phone 08 8232 0422 for more information.
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