Want to see what happens when more than 300 gay and lesbian senior citizens get friendly in the dark? Then get along to a delightful, delicious and de-lovely afternoon that’s set to put the silver back into the silver screen.

Afternoon Delight is a gay and lesbian movie matinee and tea party presented by ACON, Queer Screen and the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) as part of the official program of events for NSW’s 2010 Seniors Week.

Screening at Paddington’s Chauvel cinema, the free event will include a double feature presentation of classic queer cinema plus a delectable high tea served by a bevy of matinee guy-dolls.

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said the event acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of NSW’s senior citizenry.

“NSW has a significant older GLBT population,” he said. “In fact, about 35,000 people in NSW over the age of 55 identify as gay or lesbian.

“They play a vital and valued role in our community and we’re delighted to be partnering with Queer Screen and DADHC to provide this wonderful opportunity for the more mature members of our community to get together and have a good time.”

The movies to be screened are Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement and An Englishman In New York, which have both screened to great acclaim at gay and lesbian film festivals throughout the world.

info: Afternoon Delight is at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington Town Hall, cnr Oxford St and Oatley Rd, Paddington on Saturday, March 27 from noon. Cost: gold coin donation. Bookings: 9206 2121 or dgavan@acon.org.au

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