Queer Storytelling Night

  • November 15, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Theme suggestion: Confusion and Clarity  (This means whatever it means to you.  It's just a jumping off point.  You can tell unrelated stories.)

WHAT IS IT? Queers sharing stories. Think of it as an informal, conversational open mic.  Or a slightly formalized, cut-to-the-good-shit conversation between new and old friends.  If you're not sure you're ready to share a story, come to listen anyway.  Maybe you'll feel supported and inspired enough once you're here.  No pressure.

WHAT KIND OF STORIES? Stories should be about your own life.  Stories from your day.  Stories from last year.  Stories from when you were five.  Stories about a dream you had.  Stories that may or may not be related to your experience of intersecting identities of race, gender, presentation, class, ability, sexuality, etc.  Stories that may or may not be related to the theme of the evening.  Stories that may or may not be directly related to your queerness.  Your stories!

And responses to stories.  "i can relate"  "that reminds me of my experience" "can i ask you a question?" "you're amazing" "thank you for sharing"

WHY: Have you ever been among a group of queer friends and gotten on the topic of coming out?  Suddenly everyone's listening intently, compassionately as you take turns telling your stories--of coming out, not coming out, coming out over and over, the journey, the process, what happened then, what's happening now, ups and downs...

This is how we bond.  This is what makes us family.

WHAT TO BRING: Light snack (optional).  A story or two (optional).  Listening ears (makes it sound like I'm a preschool teacher--I sort of am--but listening ears are not optional :))

NOTE: This is not a support or therapy group (though everyone is expected to be supportive and storytelling can be naturally therapeutic).

I am hoping this can become a recurring event.  The concept and format are a work in progress.  Your ideas, questions and suggestions are welcome!


Getting here:

By car: Free street parking.  Easy.

By bike: Also easy. You can lock your bike against anything in the backyard or put it in our garage.  Just ask me to open it for you.

By BART/bus: Still pretty easy.  From downtown Oakland (12th St and 19th BART stations) take the 1, 1R, 40, or even the 14, though that's less preferred.  From Lake Merritt BART, take the 62 or arrange for me to pick you up, no problem.  You can also just walk from LM BART.  It's about 15 minutes.

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  • LB

    Hey, sorry for the last minute change but I won't be there tonight...hope everyone has a great time!

    November 15, 2013

    • Emily S

      Sorry to miss you!

      November 16, 2013

  • Emily S

    What a fulfilling--dare I say magical--evening. Thank you all for coming and if you didn't make it, hope to see you soon. Look out for another Storytelling Night in the new year, probably January and join us for our upcoming events: Hiking next Sunday (SUnday before Thanksgiving) and Potluck Plus Presents Dec 15.

    This meetup.com page is where you can always find all event info, but if you also would like to connect with us on fb, you can do that here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/...­

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Christiana

    Thank you so much for opening up your home to a great group of people. I had a wonderful time getting to know all of you.
    Also, Laura told me there's a FB group for this Meetup? Could someone send me the link?

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Madeline

    You are all magical unicorns. <3

    5 · November 16, 2013

  • Kenneth W.

    Thanks for the great evening of stories and camaraderie!
    If anyone wants to learn some leatherworking, drop me a line. [masked]

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Connie

    My friend from out of town surprised me a visit. Can she come along?

    November 15, 2013

  • Yanny

    I will be walking from Lake Merritt BART around 7pm if anyone wants to walk together. My cell is[masked]

    November 15, 2013

  • Brooklynn

    Long time lurker finally getting the chance to attend! I look forward to meeting everyone.

    2 · November 15, 2013

  • Natalie

    Hi I am new to the group I can't wait to meet everyone.

    2 · November 13, 2013

  • Andrea M.

    This is my first time doing anything like this but I think it would be very helpful with what is going on in my life.

    November 4, 2013

    • Emily S

      Looking forward to having you here!

      November 9, 2013

  • Tesla

    I would love to go, but I'm working owl shift and will probably still be asleep at that time :(

    October 10, 2013

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