Celebrating the older LGBTQI woman

blackcat are thrilled to have been contracted to produce a launch event for 55Upitty, the wonderful creation of one of Maeve’s mums, Teresa, and blackcat’s favourite photographer, Viv McGregor.

Gail Hewison

55Upitty is an online collaborative interview and photography project that celebrates the older LGBTI woman. The site features text and beautiful photographs, and we challenge you not to tear up and be inspired by these community leaders!

Said Teresa, “55Upitty is about challenging people’s ideas about older LGBTI women; it’s about our feisty over-55 upitty women. We want to pull apart the clichés about women and aging; about the diminishing of sexuality and the relaxation of passions; about what older dykes and queers and lezzos wear and think and believe. Diversity, political awareness and activism, style and beauty, so valued and represented in youth-oriented queer cultures, is not the sole purview of the young, and this project aims to represent—through collaboration, photographic portraits, and interviews—the older LGBTI woman. This project aims to record the history of women who have been, and the women who still are, involved in lesbian, feminist, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer activism and culture, but also to represent that we are still here. That age does not make us irrelevant, asexual, harmless, style-less, conservative, invisible, or insignificant. This project also creates a living archive, not to be merely relegated to dusty history, but a present-archive, mapping and representing our past, our present and our visions of the future.”

Jude Irwin

The launch event will take the form of a panel discussion featuring the women who have been profiled on the site. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and contribute to discussion. We’ll also feature a multimedia display of images from the site. We’ll finish the evening with music performed by older LGBTI women. Oh, and there’ll be booze and catering of course!

We are very excited to be working with Viv and Teresa, and to be including this event in our Mardi Gras season. One of our favourite things about our audiences is the broad age range represented, and a key aim of our company is producing entertainment that appeals to different age groups, bringing community together for music and celebration. This event fits perfectly with our ethos!

For more Mardi Gras news, stay tuned!


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