This Free Brooklyn Art Exhibit Honors LGBTQ+ Seniors During Pride Month

published Jun 1, 2021
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Although it’s easy to think of coming out as an experience most often shared by LGBTQ+ youth, many people come to terms with their sexual and gender identities later in life. One Brooklyn art exhibit aims to honor those experiences, allowing LGBTQ+ seniors to share their stories and help pave the way for future generations to be not only accepted but celebrated for being who they are.

Not Another Second is free to the public by appointment at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a luxury retirement community located at 21 Clark Street in Brooklyn, New York. The immersive, interactive art exhibit showcases the stories 12 LGBTQ+ seniors — including a politician, a veteran, a Stonewall Survivor, and a Black Panther — who began living as their true authentic selves later in life, exploring both the hardships, discrimination, and fear they experienced (and the collective 485 years spent living in the closet) as well as the joys and freedom of coming to terms with their unique identities.

The exhibit is the first part of a nationwide cultural campaign aimed to acknowledge the significant time lost while in the closet, while sharing wisdom and advice to younger folks who might feel fear or uncertainty about coming out themselves. It features interactive portraits of each senior’s first-person experiences created through state-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) technology by Kaleida Studio, along with photographs by German photographer Karsten Thormaehlen. It also aims to shed light on the intersectional discriminations that queer seniors face due to societal homophobia and ageism, along with those who have experienced racism and sexism throughout their lives.

Since its debut in January, Not Another Second has offered free public and socially distanced viewings every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday through June in honor of Pride month, before touring the country throughout 2021, with stops in Élan Collection art galleries in Los Angeles; Napa, California; and Tucson, Arizona. Reserving a time slot can be done online here. Those who aren’t able to visit in person can watch a short film highlighting each unique individual through their own words.

Not Another Second serves as both a celebration of the justice and freedoms this community has dedicated their lives to achieve, along with acknowledgment that progress and true equality still has far to come for those in marginalized communities.