The Coming Out Experience

The Coming Out Experience


Tuesday, February 23, 2021    
7:30 am


Center for Spiritual Living
4849 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, FL, 33334, Fort Lauderdale

Event Type

Taking inspiration from the Opera Fellow Travelers, key community stakeholders compare lives from McCarthyism’s effects and our progression as a society. Growing Up LGBTQ, these journeys are personal and hard to quantify. For many coming out is a lifelong process that can require a different approach because of cultural norms or traditions that emphasize duty to family and community. We offer exciting thoughts and continued discussions that can help reframe the principles around coming out. 

Moderator: Tony Lima (LGBTQI+ Advocate)
Confirmed Panelists:
Fay WHAT! Albernas (LGBTQI+ Advocate – Influencer)
June Romero (Performing Artist – LGBTQI+ Advocate)
Robert Boo (The Pride Center at Equality Park – Executive Director)
Mark Kent (Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida – Executive Director)

Florida Grand Opera
Community Conversations for Fellow Travelers
Part of Florida Grand Opera’s Made For Miami Series
The Coming Out Experience – Feb 23, 2021 7:30 PM
The “Gay” American Dream – March 23, 2021 7:30 PM
The Next Generation is Queer – April 27, 2021 7:30 PM

Center for Spiritual Living
4849 North Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, FL 33334

These events are held in strict accordance with CDC guidelines for social distancing. Face Masks are required to be worn at all times.

For the past seven seasons, Florida Grand Opera’s Made for Miami and Built for Broward series has included Community Conversations, a series of thought-provoking outreach events held throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The series produces one opera each season that is relevant and representative of a segment of South Florida’s diverse community.

Florida Grand Opera will produce Fellow Travelers and is including a community outreach and educational component through Community Conversations. These events introduce the themes from the opera and their connections to topics that are relevant, timely, and speak to the experiences of the diverse LBGTQ+ community. Community Conversation will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living in Oakland Park.

Through this series, FGO enriches its audience’s operatic experience by integrating the themes of the Made for Miami opera Fellow Travelers with issues of relevance and importance to the community in a series of thought-provoking discussions. These hour-long events partner with other regional cultural organizations such as Equality Florida, SunServe, HRC, Pride Center at Equality Park, Pride South Florida, and TransSocial Group. All are working for the future of the LGBTQ+ community. These unique presentations will offer numerous discussion points upon which lively and meaningful dialogue will take place.

Fellow Travelers is composed by Gregory Spears. The opera is set during the McCarthy era of the 1950s and focuses on the “lavender scare,” a witch-hunt and mass firings of gay people from the United States government. The story centers on the love affair between two men working for the federal government—Hawkins “Hawk” Fuller, a State Department official, and Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate working in a senator’s office.

FGO Studio Artists will also be part of the program performing selections from the opera.

Fellow Travelers and Community Conversations are sponsored in part by the Arts Projects funding category from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for this project was also provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

VENUE: Center for Spiritual Living
4849 North Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, FL 33334

TICKETS: Admission is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by either calling the Box Office at (800) 741-1010 or online at under the event “Community Conversations”.