Elton John Extravaganza continues timeless fight for freedom

On Friday Picton’s Regent Theatre hosted Rocketman, described as “an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years”.

The movie was preceded by an Elton John Extravaganza, which took place in the lobby of the historic theatre.

People were encouraged to attend the event with the advice to “be your most fabulous self”.

Many who attended were dressed with the characteristic freedom of expression that Elton John so flagrantly espoused.

Feathers and fabric of all colours of the rainbow adorned revellers who mingled before what was described as an “eye-popping and powerful” movie. Clothing racks adorned with an eclectic array of garments were available for guests to wear with a small donation.

All proceeds from the movie and otherwise were to be donated to the new LGBTQ2+ drop-in space at the Picton Public Library.

Set up at a booth near the front door, collecting donations and doling out information, was Skylar Gray, co-organizer of the new youth drop-in space, who took a moment to speak with the Gazette about this important initiative.

“The LGBTQ2+ drop-in space stems from a survey done by the Greater Than County Youth Collective,” Gray explained, “This survey found that LGBTQ2+ youth were doing less well in emotional and mental wellness. One thing the youth really wanted was a safe space. We started this through some funding. We’ve been trying to get the ball rolling for a very long time,” noted Gray.

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