Queer Memoir: Friends, Lovers, and Exes

Friends, Lovers, and ExesLGBT Community Center
208 W 13th Street
New York, NY

$5 – 7 suggested donation at the door.

Announcing the line-up in our first regular salon as part of the 2010/2011 series. Featuring, for the first time, solo *and* collaborative memoir/storytelling!

JOIN STORYTELLERS:Stacy Bias and Kelli Dunham (collaborative memoir)
Diana Cage
Ignacio Rivera
Genne Murphy and Kelli Dunham (collaborative memoir)
Lea Robinson and Elizabeth Whitney (collaborative memoir)
R. Eric Thomas


$5-7 suggested donation at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds.

(We no longer have a free space, so it’s much appreciated!)

A note about the venue:

The venue for this show is wheelchair accessible and all ages.


Queer Memoir is a salon for new work inspired by a monthly theme; a safe space to share memoir writing and performance; an opportunity to give voice to our collective queer experiences, and preserve and document our complex queer history; for writers, performers, and anyone with a queer story to tell. We attempt to provide an avenue to share queer lives and celebrate the ritual and community-building value of storytelling.



STACY BIAS is the co-owner of the wind-powered web host Taproot Green Web Hosting in Portland, Oregon and the founder of DykeTees.com, which specializes in smartly designed LGBT t-shirts in sizes to 32/34. This entrepreneur and activist was also the brains behind TechnoDyke.com, which she founded in 2000 and was one of the most popular lesbian websites, with over 50,000 visitors a month until it closed in 2008. Bias helped create a number of size-positive activities in Portland such as ChunkyDunk swim parties, FatGirl Frock Swaps and was the founder of the FatGirl Speaks conference. She says, “It is my hope that I can help eradicate a little bit of shame from the lives of women by demystifying marketing tactics, encouraging compassion of self and others, facilitating heartfelt dialogue and sharing my own process of fighting through all the compare and contrast to simply love myself as I am.”

DIANA CAGE is the author of many hilarious and informative books on sex and relationships, including Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide and Box Lunch: The Laypersons Guide to Cunnilingus. Her obsessions include high heels, fashion week, Luce Irigaray and extreme lesbian processing. She’ll pretty much talk about sex with anyone who asks.

KELLI DUNHAM is a ex-nun, butch-identified stand-up comic and author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by a conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. She has appeared on Showtime, the Discovery Channel and was once asked to emcee a livestock auction. Her website is kellidunham.com. She is the co-founder, with Genne Murphy, of Queer Memoir. To celebrate her 15 year anniversary of leaving the convent, her one woman show “Bad Habit” (sistermercy.com) which premiered at the Fresh Fruit Festival will be returning to New York on 10/23 as the Bad Habit Brunch. This time there will be dancing girls.

GENNE MURPHY is a Philadelphia native, playwright, and arts educator. She is the co-founder, with Kelli Dunham, of Queer Memoir (queermemoir.com). She’s passionate about the intersection of the arts, social change, and community-building. Genne works for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, a local arts education non-profit, and is involved with initiatives to expand new play development in her hometown.

IGNACIO RIVERA aka Papí Coxxx who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they”is the creator of Poly Patao Productions. Ignacio is a Black-Boricua gender fluid Trans-Former sex educator, sex worker, performance artist and new filmmaker.

LEA ROBINSON is a multi-talented butch artist. NYC credits include ROOM FOR CREAM (Two-headed Calf/La MaMa), BUTCH MAMAS (WOW Café), The Bulldyke Chronicles (Dixon Place), and The Femme Show. She recently shared a bill with Elizabeth Whitney in the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place in SYRUP IN OUR SHORTS, AND OTHER SOUTHERN PLEASANTRIES, and she is currently working on a new solo show, YOU AIN’T SPECIAL. She also organized and emceed Boxers Off! An Evening of Butch Burlesque at Stonewall—a benefit for the upcoming Butch Voices Conference. She was featured in GO Magazine’s 2009 Edition of 100 Women We Love. www.learobinsonactor.com.

R. ERIC THOMAS is a playwright, storyteller and essayist. He is the author of the plays “Lost Boy”, “The Spectator”, and “The Affair”. He recently won Best Presentation and Audience Favorite at the Philadelphia First Person Arts Summer Grand Slam for his story “My Mother Hates the Facebook”. Eric is currently working on a collection of non-fiction entitled “Enormously Awkward: (Mostly) True Stories + Things That Are Better Left Unsaid” and workshopping a new play. He can be cyber-stalked at enormousawkward.blogspot.com.

ELIZABETH WHITNEY is an actor and a writer/performer with a penchant for campy comedy who was most recently seen as “Patty” in THE SECRETARIES (Best Ensemble NYC Fringe 2010). Other recent performances include SHOWGASM (Ars Nova), The Bulldyke Chronicles and the HOT! Festival (Dixon Place), Drunken Careening Writers, the Famous Lesbian Comedy Road Show, and The Femme Show. This fall she will be in LET THEM EAT CAKE at Dixon Place, a new comedy about gay weddings by Holly Hughes and Moe Angeles and directed by Megan Carney. She is currently collaborating with her partner Lea Robinson and director Melissa Li to develop SYRUP IN OUR SHORTS, a very true love story about being a queer, interracial couple. www.elizabethwhitney.com

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