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Queer Storytelling Night

  • Oct 3, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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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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  • Emily S

    Sorry we missed so many of you tonight. It was a lovely evening and I'm glad so many were interested even if you couldn't make it this time. Keep your eyes peeled for round two in December.

    2 · October 3, 2013

    • Emily S

      Just kidding. I can't wait that long...join us in November.

      1 · October 3, 2013

    • Riva B.

      even better!

      October 4, 2013

  • Riva B.

    I'm so sorry but I'm not going to make it tonight. I'm sorry! Have fun! I hope this happens again!

    October 3, 2013

  • Tesla

    So it turns out I have to work Thursday night and I can't get out of it D': Words cannot describe how bummed I am to miss this event! I hope it happens again soon, when I can attend :)

    October 1, 2013

  • Logan

    I'm very much looking forward! I can be shy with storytelling but I'm betting this will be great. Also, I live a 10 minute walk from you now, Emily!

    October 1, 2013

  • Rose

    I'll try to make it, but I would def be late and might have to leave early. Sounds like an awesome event though! :)

    September 28, 2013

    • Emily S

      No worries. Come when you can.

      1 · September 29, 2013

  • Emily S

    Excitednervous to see this happen for the first time. It's been an idea in my head for a while. Who's looking forward to storytime?

    2 · September 27, 2013

  • Tesla

    I love it! I'm working swing shift that day, but I'm gonna try to get out early to go to this :)

    September 15, 2013

  • Riva B.

    What a great idea!

    September 7, 2013

    • Emily S

      Thanks! I'm really excited to see how it goes!

      September 10, 2013

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