Welcome to Queer Memoir!








Queer Memoir is a  NYC-based storytelling event for the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual transgendered and gender nonconforming community as well as an opportunity to give voice to our collective queer experiences, preserve and document our complex queer history.

Queer Memoir is New York’s first and longest running LGBT storytelling series. Every month, we host some of Queer New York’s best known performers, and folks who have never been on a stage in their lives and bring them together to celebrate the ritual and community building value of storytelling.

The motto of the well known Moth story performance series is “real stories told live without notes” while the motto of Queer Memoir is “real stories told live with whatever you need to get your story told.” That means use notes, bring your friends, bring your ukele, use your herbal relaxation, ask us for support, ask the audience for support….(for more info on this and what makes Queer Memoir different than other NYC events, check out our post on The Seven Traditions of Queer Memoir)

We are committed to hearing a wide range of stories, from a wide range of voices and we will work with you to help you get ready for the Queer Memoir “stage.”

Our fifth anniversary show was amazing. Thanks for all (150 plus) of you who came out…and thanks to our lovely storytellers!

PLease sign up for the Queer Memoir mailing list if you’ve like to be kept up to date about our shows, upcoming themes and call for stories. Never more than two emails a month.

About some of our past shows…..


We boarded the train at the Atlantic Pacific stop on a Sunday morning at 11 am, got on and…told stories! It was an amazing morning and some of the folks on the train even stayed on past their stops to hear the end of the “show.” Here Erica Cardwell shares a story about her childhood in Baltimore that transported us all into the narrative completely….

Earlier this year we had an amazing show Queer Memoir 50+; it was guest curated by Stephanie Shroeder and Ryn Hodez: the event brought together storytellers who ranged in age from 50 to 97 years old and shared stories about everything from escape Berlin during World War II to paying for sex in the Dominican Republic.

In the spring of 2015,  we will be running a series of workshops to bring new work, new faces and new stories into the Queer Memoir family, keep your eyes here or on  facebook for schedules and times.  All Queer Memoir workshops are free, although if participants want to give a donation to help with expenses we don’t turn that down.

To learn more about how to participate, visit our submissions page

We’re always on the prowl for venues that would work for Queer Memoir events: if you know of an non-bar, wheelchair accessible, all ages space that might be a good rental choice for us, please contact kellidunham at gmail dot com and let us know.  We are also always looking for community partners for events as well!