In 2022, we held a series of monthly LGBTI+ Saturday Socials in Glasgow.
As Covid restrictions eased, we saw the opportunity to provide LGBTI+ older people with regular events to meet up in person, make new friendships or resume old ones, and to enjoy some creative activities together.
Each social included an activity led by a fantastic team of artists: Chris Stuart Wilson, India Boxall and Lewis Hetherington, and as the months rolled by the programme evolved to include suggestions from the attendees. By the time the Christmas social took place in December there had been painting, poetry, singing and dancing, all accompanied by cake and refreshments.
A particular highlight was a collaboration with SQIFF – the Scottish Queer International Film Festival – for a film-screening in the CCA Cinema. Attendees viewed Looking Back with Pride which features queer and trans individuals in their 60s and 70s reflecting on their memories of coming out, and the remarkable change they’ve witnessed in their lifetimes, and Keyboard Fantasies, a tale of mystical musician and vocalist, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, as he embarked on his first international tour at the age of 74.
The socials were intended to be relaxed, enjoyable and creative afternoons, and were made possible through the support of the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow, who provided the venue, and The National Lottery Community Fund.