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Survey Results PLUS Call for STORYTELLERS for our FALL SEASON!

Hey Queer Memoir fans..er people who are interested in Queer Memoir.

Thanks to everyone who filled out the Queer Memoir survey over the summer! Queer Memoir is coming up on its fifth year, and I’m really grateful for the continued success of this event and how it really seems to be speaking to folks in the LGBT community who want to make sure all our stories get told.

At the same time, I know there are folks and parts of the community we aren’t reaching…and so it was very helpful to hear about how QM can be more open, more welcoming and what kind of venues and themes are of most interest to folks.

The comprehensive results are below, and the themes for this fall and winter were chosen as a direct result of votes on the survey. A few things that were notable about the results:

  1. More people said they would go to a venue which was populated with aliens with barbed anal probes than said they would go to Queer Memoir held on Staten Island. I don’t know quite what to say about that, except maybe I shouldn’t have included sarcastic options in an survey. Or maybe people are really afraid of Staten Island. Live and learn.
  2. Queer Memoir is an exceptionally well attended event (we have never had a QM in which we had less than 45 people present; our average attendance is 85.7 since the beginning of the series). When I talk with folks at the event about why they attend, people usually say they heard about it word of mouth, so I assumed that meant people come because a friend is sharing a story. Surprisingly, that’s not what the survey said: 55 percent of people say they attend any given Queer Memoir event because the theme engages them versus 25 percent because a friend is performing. Although this makes sense, in retrospect, because many people didn’t like the idea of a LIE themed show, and it was our most poorly attended event in the last year.
  3. Back in the day, I was worried about us not having a set venue but over time I’ve become more relaxed about it. What makes Queer Memoir what it is has to do with the depth at which the storytellers share. People seem to get what we’re doing even if we are a roaming show. In addition, I’m enjoying the variety of venues we’ve used and I’d love to do even more nontraditional venues…like I’d love to have an event in a laundromat sometime soon. I think it keeps the show from feeling repetitive and that’s amazing. At the same time, something I realized from our roaming nature is that certain venues don’t feel welcoming to certain folks. For example, QM has always skewed younger than the population of LGBT people at large, but I noticed when we used a more mainstream, Manhattan-based venue (the Bowery Poetry Club) our average age went up. So it’s important to have some shows in those kind of spaces, even though those spaces are often much more expensive.
  4. Another surprising thing about venues: we’ve always been very specific about what we need 1. Reasonably priced so the event can be sliding scale/no one turned away 2. Wheelchair accessible 3. Non-bar atmosphere.  However, according to the survey only 14 percent of people would NOT attend the event if it was at a bar. That made me rethink the possibility of holding QM in a bar, at least once in a while. Obviously this is more about my preferences rather than the preferences of those who attend QM. However, I think there are some circumstances in which storytellers would be less likely to share at a bar, especially those who are unsure/taking a big risk and those are the folks I most want to reach. So QM won’t become a bar event, but maybe we could do a QM in a bar once or twice a year or so without the the world coming to an end.
  5. People were most interested in these themes: NYC loneliness, mistakes, chosen family, work and assimilation, so those will our next themes. This fall’s events are

Friday September 19 at 7 pm (LES) Queer Memoir: NYC LONELINESS

Friday October 3rd at 7 pm (LES) Queer Memoir: MISTAKES

Sunday November 23 (in conjunction with the Lesbian Herstory Archive’s 40th Anniversary) Queer Memoir: CHOSEN FAMILY

We are recruiting storytellers for all three shows as well as a “I HATE THE HOLIDAYS” event in December, time and location TBA.

  1. Are you interested in sharing at an upcoming Queer Memoir? Email kellidunham@gmail.com with 1. which show you are interested in 2. a one to three sentence summary of the story you would tell 3. a little about yourself (ie do you perform all the time, have you never done this, what makes you interested in doing this, anything else I should know) We aren’t just looking for performers, you don’t have to ANY experience in order to share on the Queer Memoir “stage.” We believe we are all storytellers, and we can work with your to craft the narrative and we will cheerlead you every step of the way…that’s a promise!
  1. If you want to support Queer Memoir, so we can run our free workshops and occasionally use a more expensive venue, I (Kelli) am offering my comedy CDs free for download, with the option of doing a donation of any size to support QM. You can also download them for free, or if you hate Kelli’s comedy, that’s cool, you can just contribute to support QM and know that your bucks or going to help other queers be able to share their most precious stories. You can do that on Kelli’s website here;  ignore the bit about Labor Day, we didn’t get this post up until now so we are extending this until mid-September.

Further results from the survey:

Have you been to QM ?

68% a few times

27% never

5% a bunch

Have you shared at QM

Never but would like to 52%

At least once 26%

Never, but it’s cool, I like being an audience member 22%

If you haven’t shared at QM, why not?

Never thought about it 44%

Couldn’t relate to themes 28%

Timing not convenient 17%

Venues don’t seem like my kind of place 11%

Feel afraid to talk in front of people 11%

Don’t know how to put together a story 11%

Other reasons (the rest)

What would keep you from coming to a QM event?

Venue on Staten Island 57%

Venue not close to a subway 57%

If venue was full of space alien with barbed anal probes 52%

Cover was 10 bucks instead of five 33%

Space not wheelchair accessible 33%

Held in a bar 14%

In Brooklyn 5%

In Manhattan 5%

When you go to QM, why do you go?

Interested in theme 55%

Someone I know is telling a story 25%

Like the event overall 10 %

Kelli keeps bugging me about it 5%

What else is going on in New York? 5%

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Queer Memoir 50+ (with intergenerational speed friending!)

QUEER MEMOIR 50 PLUS 2 PT 0Queer Memoir is New York’s community based LGBT storytelling multi-venue series. This month’s theme is 50+ guest and this special event is being curated by Ryn Hodez and Stephanie Schroeder.

In addition to our storytelling, we’re adding something very special to this event: intergenerational speed friending, where LGBT people of one age can meet LGBT of a much different age, with the hopes of starting some lifelong friendships!

THE MOST IMPORTANT DETAILS

Queer Memoir 50+ YWCA OF BROOKLYN
30 THIRD AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY
SUNDAY OCTOBER 6TH AT 5 PM
LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING AND GET LAST MINUTE DETAILS ON OUR FACEBOOK EVENT.

WITH OUR STORYTELLERS: (BIOS BELOW)

DOMINIC AMBROSE
LISA E DAVIS
RYN HODES
CARY ALAN JOHNSON
BRENDA JONES
EVA KOLLISCH
NAOMI REPLANSKY
NANCY RODRIGO
STEPHANIE SHROEDER
CHE VILLANUEVA

PLUS INTERGENERATIONAL SPEED FRIENDING!

DOMINIC AMBROSE was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1950. He is the author of two gay themed novels Nickel Fare, set in New York City in the 1970s and The Shriek and the Rattle of Trains, set in Romania in the 1990s. During his lifetime he has spent 14 years in Europe, living and working in such places as Berlin, Bucharest, Trieste and Paris. However, no matter where he has lived, he has always felt a member of the New York community and a part of its invisible diaspora. Presently, he lives in Staten Island, just above the harbor, and is dedicated to his writing and photography, and to working with other lgbt writers on memoir projects.

LISA E. DAVIS has lived in Greenwich Village for many years and loves to write about it. With a PhD in Comparative Literature, she worked for years in SUNY and CUNY, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU. Her essays in North American, Latin American and European journals, and lectures in the US and abroad, explored diverse topics. Lately, her writing has appeared in anthologies and periodicals dedicated to LGBTQ culture, i.e., “The Butch as Drag Artiste: Greenwich Village in the Roaring Forties” in “The Persistent Desire. A Femme-Butch Reader” (Alyson, 1992), “Camp Good News,” in “Early Embraces II” (Alyson, 1999), and “Chagrin d’Amour,” in “Gazebo Connection” (Vancouver, BC, 2006). Her historical novel Under the Mink (Alyson, 2001), about drag queens and kings who worked in Village mafia-owned nightclubs of the 1940s, grew out of her long-time friendship with many of them. Her latest project is a non-fiction book with the working title The FBI’s Lesbian: Angela Calomiris in the American Communist Party, the true story of a notorious Village lesbian who worked undercover for the FBI in the CPUSA and testified at the first federal trial (1949) of the Party leadership.

RYN HODES is a late-blooming 56-year old Femme, third-generation New York lefty Jew, mother, lover, domestic violence advocate, martial artist, teacher, and survivor. She has been writing a memoir for ten years, and sends much appreciation to her writer’s group –Anne, Ilana, Judy, and Danielle.

CARY ALAN JOHNSON is an author and human rights activist, born and raised in Brooklyn. Cary has been active in LGBTQ politics since 1975, when at the age of 15 he joined Gay Youth of NYC. During the eighties he was instrumental in the founding of the Committee of Black Gay Men (CBGM), the Blackheart Collective, Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and Other Countries: Black Gay Expressions. Cary’s work has appeared in Other Countries, the Road Before Us, the Greatest Taboo, In this Village, Gay Travels, the James White Review, the Agni Review, Changing Men, and Joseph Beam’s Brother to Brother. He is currently at work on a memoir.

BRENDA JONES has been a member of The Center for Anti-Violence Education in Brooklyn, NY since 1981, where she has been a student, volunteer, board member, karate and self-defense instructor, staff member, and member of various committees and anti-oppression groups. Currently, she is a senior self-defense instructor with “Power, Action, Change for Teens,” as well asworking at Safe Horizon Brooklyn Community Program. In her not-so-spare time she sews her own clothes, participates in various fat, queer, & POC activist movements and listens to Joe Jackson music (no, not the father of Michael!) while hanging with her cat, Ms. Liberation Jones (aka Libby).

EVA KOLLISCH was born in Vienna and is an American writer, literary scholar and specialist in German, as well as pacifist and feminist. In July 1939, she fled on a Kindertransport to the UK. In New York, Kollisch was active in the 1940s in the Workers Party. She studied German literature and science at Brooklyn College and later at Columbia University. Then she led, together with Gerda Lerner and Joan Kelly, a course for women’s studies at Sarah Lawrence College where she eventually became a professor and taught English, German, and comparative women literature. Kollisch published her first autobiographical novel in 2000: Girl in Movement. She is the 2012 winner of the Theodor Kramer Prize for her second autobiographical novel, The Ground Under My Feet.

NAOMI REPLANSKY is the author of Ring Song (1952), a nominee for the National Book Award; Twenty-One Poems, Old and New; and The Dangerous World: New and Selected Poems, 1934–1994. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including No More Masks!, Against Infinity: An Anthology of Contemporary Mathematical Poetry, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust; Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies; and Poets of the Non-Existent City: Los Angeles in the McCarthy Era. Replansky’s recent Collected Poems won the 2013 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.

NANCY RODRIGO: I’m a visual artist, queer, feminist activist, social worker, and mom. My son Jonathan is 28, now. Taking care of my own health has been the focus of my energy since I became permanently disabled in 2001 with the auto immune disorders. I’m happy and grateful for each day. I’m a proud Latina and Jewish-Buddhist butch lesbian, native New Yorker, domestic violence survivor, fierce proponent of universal health care and legalizing marijuana. I live with my partner, Janice and our cat Molly.

STEPHANIE SCHROEDER is a lesbian-feminist writer and activist based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the memoir, Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide. Her work has been anthologized in the classic queer anthology That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation as well as Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex, Hot & Bothered: Short, Short Fiction on Lesbian Desire (volumes 3 & 4) and other erotic anthologies. She was also an original reviewer for Erotic New York: The Best Sex in the City and has an essay included in the 2012 Lambda Literary nominated anthology, Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage.

CHE VILLANUEVA is the author of Bulletproof Butches and Jessie’s Song. Hys work has also been published in numerous anthologies. Much of hys writing is based on people, places, and situations in hys life. Che is 61 and lives in Philadelphia, PA.

As we celebrate the vibrant lives, stories, and voices of queers over 50, we also acknowledge ageism, ableism, looksism, and other discriminatory ideas and practices that silence elders and often render older LGBTQ individuals and communities invisible.

5-10 sliding scale donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Queer Memoir: WHAT IS TUZ?

We’ve got a brand new venue and a brand new guest curator to help celebrate Queer Memoir’s Three Year Anniversary!

Queer Memoir: What Is Tuz?

Queer Memoir is New York’s community based LGBT storytelling series. In this special Queer Memoir, guest curator Nadia Awad is bringing together storytellers to share around the theme “What is Tuz?”

About Tuz: “tuz”/ طز is an Arabic word that connotes moxie, “go to hell,” “I don’t care,” or “not my rules.” Storytellers will be sharing the meaning of the word as it emerges through their own personal narrative.

Nadia Awad is a filmmaker who accompanied the first solidarity delegation of LGBT people to Palestine in January 2012. Tickets for this special Queer Memoir are 15 bucks (email for ticket price exemptions if needed) and proceeds will go to help Nadia finish her film about the delegation.
Here are all the details:
Queer Memoir: What Is Tuz?
Sunday March 10th at 2 pm
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Buy tickets here: tickets include snacks AND an amazing line up of storytellers!

Also check out the facebook event for most up to date info.

More about Queer Memoir:
Even as LGBT characters and “out” celebrities become more common in pop culture and mainstream media, the richness and complexity of real queer lives is still undervalued and often invisible. Queer Memoir attempts to provide an avenue to share queer lives and celebrate the ritual and community-building value of storytelling.

QUEER MEMOIR: DOCUMENTING QUEER STORIES, CELEBRATING QUEER LIVES

Queer Memoir On The Move: The Gay Train

postcardHere’s to the queers… in the streets…the streets…the streets…

Well okay, on the trains.

As part of our celebration of Queer Memoir’s Third Year Anniversary we’re taking Queer Memoir On the Move.

We’ll meet at 11 am on the platform of the 207th Street A Train Station in Inwood, so we can ride together.

WITH STORYTELLERS
M Tauret Davis
Katz/Athens Boys Choir
Christa Orth
JJ Jones

Hosted by Kelli Dunham

QUEER MEMOIR is NYC’s community based storytelling event. This month we’ll be hearing from a bunch of really fascinating folks with amazing stories, all on the theme of On the Move/The Gay Train. Please join us.

Even as LGBT characters and “out” celebrities become more common in pop culture and mainstream media, the richness and complexity of real queer lives is still undervalued and often invisible. Queer Memoir attempts to provide an avenue to share queer lives and celebrate the ritual and community-building value of storytelling.

STORYTELLERS’ BIOS:

M TAURET DAVIS
M.Taueret Davis is a Brooklyn-based artist, performer, and queer femme body liberationist.

CHRISTA ORTH
Christa Orth is a fifth-generation Pacific Northwesterner, and a creative nonfiction writer based in Brooklyn, who usually takes the Q train. She’s writing her first book: stories of the queer history of Seattle and Portland. Christa on the board of MIX NYC, writes for the ACT UP Oral History Project, and is a proud Lambda Literary Fellow. Christa’s publications include a contribution to the Lambda Award winning anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City

KATZ/ATHENS BOYS CHOIR
Ok, so the name Athens Boys Choir can be a bit deceiving but you can’t blame a Transsexual man living in the Deep South for having a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. So Katz, the Choir’s now solo member, travels the country speaking “the good word” throwing down hard hitting spoken-word that deals with issues of Gender, Politics, Love, Sex, and everything in-between.

Athens Boys Choir has been touring nationally since 2003, performing for audiences that are becoming more diverse everyday. You don’t have to be a spoken-word enthusiast to enjoy the lyrical stylings of the Athens Boys Choir. Katz has the unusual skill of opening even the most skeptical minds to the world of performance poetry. With three CD’s already out and a fourth due for release on March 27, 2007, Katz/The Athens Boys Choir has established himself as a force in the spoken-word/queer/pop culture/homo-hop movement; you choose how it moves you.

ABOUT YOUR HOST AND QUEER MEMOIR CO-FOUNDER/CO-CURATOR KELLI DUNHAM

Kelli Dunham
Kelli Dunham (kellidunham.com) is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011 and was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist. Kelli was also given the The Fresh Fruit Festival Award for Distinction in stand-up comedy, although Kelli has never before or since been called distinguished. Kelli is the author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Her upcoming fifth book, Freak of Nurture, was called “hilarious…laugh out loud outrageous storytelling” by none other than the godmother of lesbian comedy, Kate Clinton. Freak of Nurture will be released by Topside Press in Spring 2013.

Kelli was recently the expert on “What Is Normal” in the teenybopper periodical Twist, on a page facing a full color poster of Justin Beiber. There isn’t even a ironic statement to match that, it’s just strangely true.

Queer Memoir: CANCER

Looking for storytellers!

On Saturday November 17th, the Lesbian Herstory Archives is sponsoring a marathon reading of Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich’s works, and Queer Memoir will be facilitating the last hour of the the marathon, from 11 pm until midnight.

 We’re looking for folks of ALL GENDERS who have had their lives changed by cancer to read a passage from Audre Lorde’s ground breaking book The Cancer Journals and share their cancer story and how it relates to what they’ve read.

If you want to participate but are new to this kind of storytelling, or to speaking in public, we can work with you to help shape your story.

Please email kellidunham@gmail.com with questions and if you’d like to be a storyteller at this event, include a little bit about who you are and your story.

Info about this particular program of the Lesbian Herstory Archives can be found here

 

QUEER MEMOIR: TEACH/PREACH

In September, Queer Memoir is back to it’s ol’ stomping grounds…the QEJ space in Chelsea!

Hear the latest about this event and RSVP on facebook

Saturday September 8th at 8 PM(5-10 bucks sliding scale no one turned away)

QEJ 147 W. 24th St., 4th Floor NYC

QUEER MEMOIR is NYC’s community based LGBT storytelling event: documenting queer stories, celebrating queer lives.

ALLISON GRILLO
ANDRE AZEVEDO
DW SHANLEY

JADE FOSTER

LENNY ZENITH

M. TAURET DAVIS
SARAH SCHULMAN

WITH YOUR HOST KELLI DUNHAM

ALISON GRILLO
Alison Grillo is New York City’s Woman Trapped Inside a Woman’s Body. A stand-up comic with a unique story and an offbeat style, Alison has been seen on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and cited by The Advocate magazine as one of “Seven LGBT Comics You Should Not Have Missed in 2011.” Her work has been featured as TimeOutNY’s “Joke of the Week.” Alison is a regular at the Broadway Comedy Club and the creator/host, with Mike Motz, of the recurrent Jokes ‘n’ Gender: A Variety Show,
and the host of Up on the Roof, a weekly stand-up show (during summer months) at the Colonial House Inn, NYC. She appears frequently at clubs, colleges and festivals in the northeast United
States and in Canada, as well as in improv shows at the People’s Improv Theater. The holder of degrees from Drew University, Emerson College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she has also completed the American Comedy Institute’s one year program. She teaches expository writing at Kean University in Union, N.J., and has published fiction in numerous literary magazines.

ANDRE AZEVEDO
Bio to come

DW SHANLEY
DW Shanley has been described as having “the soul of a teacher”. He works tirelessly to bring love and learning to his kids in the South Bronx, despite a ridiculous daily three hour round trip commute from Brooklyn. When not commuting, prepping, grading, or mentally plotting how to rev up his 7th graders, Devon rests by reading lots of James Baldwin, spending time with his amazing cat Tifa, and strengthening his soccer knowledge (despite only getting into the sport last year). He is currently working on his memoir.

JADE FOSTER
Jade Foster is a writer and producer of queer women poetry tour, The Revival. Her poems and articles have appeared in “Words, Beats, and Life,” “make/shift,” “SWERV Magazine,” “Clutch Magazine” and other publications. She’s also a castmember of queer women of color webseries, The Peculiar Kind.

LENNY ZENITH
Lenny Zenith is a writer and musician from New Orleans, who currently lives in NYC with his wife, Anne and their cat, Seymour. He works as a web manager, and still performs his music. He identifies as a Latino queer transman and is often featured at NYC’s “Loser’s Lounge”. “The Car Song” by his 90’s band Jenifer Convertible was featured on the Trans-Genre CD compilation. Over the years he’s shared the stage with Gang of Four, Iggy Pop and U2 among others. His latest band is Minor Planets (http://myspace.com/minorplanets), and he is currently completing his memoir “Before I Was Me” due out in 2013.

M TAURET DAVIS
M.Taueret Davis is a Brooklyn-based artist, performer, and queer femme body liberationist.

SARAH SCHULMAN
Sarah Schulman is the author of the novels: THE MERE FUTURE, THE CHILD, SHIMMER, RAT BOHEMIA, EMPATHY, PEOPLE IN TROUBLE, AFTER DELORES and THE SOPHIE HOROWITZ STORY and the nonfiction books: THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: Witness to a Lost Imagination, TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, STAGESTRUCK: Theater, AIDS and the MArketing of Gay America, MY AMERICAN HISTORY: Lesbian and Gay Life During The Reagan/Bush Years. Plus the plays Carson McCullers, MANIC FLIGHT REACTION and the stage adaptation of IB Singer’s ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY. She is co-director with Jim Hubbard of The ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory.org) and co-producer of UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP, a feature documentary directed by Hubbard. Sarah is co-author with director Cheryl Dunye of two films: THE OWLS and MOMMY IS COMING, both selections of the Berlin Film Festival. She was co-ordinator of the First US Tour of Leaders of the Palestinian Queer Movement and the first LGBT Delegation to Palestine.

WITH YOUR HOST

KELLI DUNHAM
Kelli Dunham is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic and the co-founder and co-host, with Genne Murphy of Queer Memoir. This September, she will be releasing her third comedy CD “Freak of Nurture: Why Is The Fat One Always Angry. (kellidunham.com)

Even as LGBT characters and “out” celebrities become more common in pop culture and mainstream media, the richness and complexity of real queer lives is still undervalued and often invisible. Queer Memoir attempts to provide an avenue to share queer lives and celebrate the ritual and community-building value of storytelling.

QUEER MEMOIR: DOCUMENTING QUEER STORIES, CELEBRATING QUEER LIVES

Queer Memoir: BEFORE I AM QUEER

In collaboration with the POP-UP Museum of Queer History, Queer Memoir, NYC’s community based storytelling show is producing this one night event.

Storytellers will share on the theme BEFORE I AM QUEER.

Even as LGBT characters and “out” celebrities become more common in pop culture and mainstream media, the richness and complexity of real queer lives is still undervalued and often invisible. Queer Memoir attempts to provide an avenue to share queer lives and celebrate the ritual and community-building va

lue of storytelling.

OUR STORYTELLERS

KAY ULANDAY BARRETT
A CAMPUS PRIDE 2009 Hot List artist, Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, educator, and martial artist navigating life as a disabled pin@y transgender queer in the U.S. empire. K has featured in classrooms, stages, and audiences internationally; from the Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, UCLA,and The Brooklyn Museum, K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. K’s published works include: make/shift, Kicked Out Anthology, Windy City Queer, and Filipino American Psychology. Recently, K.’s collaborations have also featured at NQAPIA, Philly Trans Health Conference, The Brown Boi Project, and FIERCE! Follow K. twitter: @kulandaybarrett or see some of K.’s food swerve at: www.recipesforthepeople.com

RED DURKIN
RED DURKIN is the managing editor of PrettyQueer.com. She is a writer, comedian, and vlogger. She has toured extensively as part of the Tranny Roadshow, performed at Camp Trans and the Transgender Leadership Summit, and hosted events nationwide. She has written 9 zines and was featured in the final issue of Punk Planet magazine. Her work on Youtube has been shown in college classrooms, played at various events internationally, and translated into German. Most recently, she she co-starred as part of the all-trans women cast of “the Fully Functional Cabaret” in San Francisco. ”

STEPHANIE SCHROEDER
STEPHANIE SCHROEDER is a queer feminist writer and activist for social and economic justice. Her memoir, Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide will be published on September 10th, which is also her 49th birthday. You can find more info about her book at www.beautifulwreck.com. Stephanie’s political essays have been anthologized in That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation and Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage. She is a freelance journalist and currently a Contributing Editor at Curve Magazine as well as a full time publicist. Stephanie lives in Brooklyn with playwright and actor Lisa Haas, but no cats.

KELLI DUNHAM is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic and the co-founder and co-host, with Genne Murphy of Queer Memoir. This September, she will be releasing her third comedy CD “Freak of Nurture” (kellidunham.com)

QUEER MEMOIR: DOCUMENTING QUEER STORIES, CELEBRATING QUEER LIVES

For more information about the Pop Up Museum of Queer History, check out http://www.queermuseum.com/