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Queer Memoir HAIR coloring sheet!

Queer Memoir: HAIR

This is going to be such an amazing show! HAIR is definitely a loaded topic for queers so WE’VE GOT STORIES!

Queer Memoir is NYC’s longest-running and most ridiculously earnest (while still being SO FUN) LGBT storytelling show and an event chosen as an Obama White House Champion of Change nominee. Our next show is Sunday November 21, 4 pm ET at the lovely Caveat 21A Clinton in the Lower East Side. Yup 4 PM. It’s kinda like a tea dance. But for storytelling

And we’re continuing our livestreams so you can also watch from anywhere!.

Our storytellers:

Andy Dhote
Srilatha Rajamani
Donna Minkowitz
Morgan Goode
Gabrielle Spierer
Glo Butler
Patty Suarez

Alex Wedel

Hosted by Kelli Dunham

You can get tickets (for either the live show or five bucks for the livestream) here.

We have so much fun at Queer Memoir events, and you should definitely join us. If you can’t afford a ticket at the moment, NO WORRIES, please just text 215.964.1963 or email and we can put you on the list.

If you can’t make it on November 21, we have an anti-celebration on 12/19 with the theme Queer Memoir: I HATE THE HOLIDAYS.

Queer Memoir is an opportunity to give voice to our collective queer experiences, preserve and document our complex queer history and celebrate the ritual and community-building value of storytelling. And have fun of course. We have a lot of fun!Queer Memoir celebrates the storyteller in all of us; every month we join together some of NYC’s best-known LGBT performers and folks who have never been on a stage in their lives. We provide coaching, workshops, support and whatever storytellers need to get on stage- if you have a story to tell please get in touch. If the pitch form seems confusing or onerous, reach out to and we can figure it out.

Watch here for some special new additions to Queer Memoir events which will make them even more of an…event than they already are!

Don’t you want to hear the rest of this story?


Doors 3:30 PM, show 4:00 PM.Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
No outside food or drink is allowed.
As we re-open we’re doing everything we can to keep our audience, performers, and staff safe and are complying with all Covid regulations. As part of this, all attendees must present proof of full vaccination to enter. Proof can be via the New York State Excelsior pass , a physical copy of the CDC card, a photo of your CDC card, or other electronic record of vaccination includes name and date (e.g., some chain pharmacies have an app with this information). In all cases the name must match that on your photo ID.

Tickets may be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.

We’ve got 12 months of shows lined up

Yup. We’re back at Caveat in NYC.

Upcoming shows include 11/21 Queer Memoir HAIR, 12/12 Queer Memoir I HATE THE HOLIDAYS and 1/23 Queer Memoir ASSUMPTIONS.

Tickets for the 11/21 show are available on the Caveat website

As always please please please please email or text 215.964.1963 if you need a reduced price or free ticket and we’ll set you up.


All in-person Queer Memoir events are canceled until further notice for obvious Pandemic Covid19 Is Real reasons (sigh. why do we even have to say that).

BUT we are very excited to be creating Queer Memoir LIVESTREAM shows which can involve storytellers from anywhere with internet! Most of these are in conjunction with our amazing NYC venue Caveat, they’ve been taking the lead on making great streaming shows that work with–rather than against–this new reality.

Our next virtual show is June 13th in collaboration with the Reimagine End Of Life Festival, the Queens Public Library and the Queens Memory Project. The theme is Queer Grief Observed and we’re focusing on stories that demonstrate the creative ways our LGBT communities deal with caregiving, end of life matters and grief.  LGBT people have a long tradition of–as Paul Monette writes– “fall[ing] in love anyway, embracing between the bombs” and we have plenty of hard-earned wisdom to share beyond our community that can help, inspire and inform the COVID-19 pandemic. More details here

UPCOMING SHOWS INCLUDE: Queer Memoir HOSPITAL/HEALTHCARE (DATE TBA & ongoing), Queer Memoir: HAIR (July),  Queer Memoir PAPERWORK (August) and Queer Memoir FEAR (September)  If you want to be updated when we plan another show, please sign up for our email list here. Never more than two emails a month, promise!

Queer Memoir REGRET

That’s a deep one, right?

It’s August 25th at 7 pm at the Branded in Brooklyn. FB event here.

But we need YOU. Pitch us a story for this event, with this super easy to use form!

Queer Memoir OUTSIDE

On the Highline.
Get it, we’re actually outside AND we’re talking about being outside? Pretty clever, huh?

Saturday April 22nd at 2.30 pm

On the Highline at 17th Street

With our amazing storytellers:

Calvin Cato

Marisa A Klages-Bombich

Marcos Namit

Persephone Sarah Jane Smith

Laura Vogel

Kelli Dunham

Plus at least one more surprise guest.

Bios and engaging one lines from our stories to come. In the meantime…and this is really important…RSVP on the Highline created eventbrite! The event is FREE FREE FREE but space is limited. Please RSVP before the lovely folks at the Highline do all their publicity and there are no more seats.

RSVPing on Facebook won’t do it…gotta do it through their event.

Here is the link use this link don’t use any other link! 

Next shows…

In June we’ll be hosting two shows, one with Brooklyn Pride and another with the Brooklyn Museum. Sign up for our mailing list and you’ll be the first to hear!

Queer Memoir: TATTOOS (Part of the Gotham Storytelling Festival)

Charlie S final postcard
With our featured storytellers….(bios below) , check out our facebook event for the latest info and more great quotes from our storytellers!

Charlie Vázquez is the Director of the Bronx Writers Center and author of three novels, many short stories and occasional poetry. He is the New York City Coordinator for Puerto Rico’s “Festival de la Palabra” and would love it if you followed his author page on Facebook or his Twitter profile, @CharlieVazquez

Charlie Solidum is a American Pinoy healthcare worker, educator, and activist based out of Brooklyn. Additionally, he has the pleasure of co-facilitating monthly support groups for trans/gender non-conforming/non-binary teenagers in Rockland County, the area where he grew up. Charlie used to write a lot of stories, but doesn’t get to much anymore now that livejournal is no longer much of a thing. Social anxieties be damned, Charlie actually really quite enjoys speaking in front of a sizable assembly of people – all the better if it’s a room full of queers.

Ashley Young is a writer, editor, and teacher living in New York City. She has been publishing poetry, non-fiction and fiction since 2010, appearing online and in print magazines, including Elixher, Autostraddle, Rkvry Quarterly, and more. She appears in Seal Press’s anthology “Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion” and University of Wisconsin Press’s “All About Skin: Short Fiction by Woman of Color”. She is a 2011 VONA poetry fellow and a 2012 Lambda Literary non-fiction fellow. She received her Bachelors degree at Hampshire College where she studied education and theater. Ashley is currently working on an Audre Lorde inspired biomythography “The Liberation of the Black Unicorn,” a new collection of poetry as well as a play. Ashley edits under her business Black Unicorn Productions and hopes to soon publish and produce work by Queer and Trans writers of color.

Stephanie Schroeder is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. She has written for The Guardian, Curve Magazine, GO! Magazine, Station-to-Station, Life of The Law, Lambda Literary Review,, and other outlets. Her work has been anthologized in the classic queer anthology That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, in the Lammy-nominated Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, and in the collection Easy to Love, But Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories. Schroeder is also the author of the memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide.

For the last 17 years, Robin has been a staple in the New York City performance scene. She has been listed as one of Go! magazine’s Top 100 Women We Love, twice, and recently, graced the cover of Diva Magazine for their “body issue” and was featured as one of twelve New York City celesbians. Robin has been featured in several articles about gay marriage and lesbian fashion in the Washington Post, and In the Spring of 2016, her non-fiction prose will be published in Outside the XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity. In addition, Robin regularly participates in several reading and storytelling series including Queer Memoir, Drunken, Careening Writer’s, Mixer Reading & Music Series and Risk! Currently, Robin is in production for her short film Out Again and a documentary about the Ebony Horsewomen of Hartford, CT.

Kelli Dunham is the genderqueer nurse-comic-author-ex-nun hybrid so common in modern Brooklyn and the cofounder of Queer Memoir. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Women of 2011, was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist and has appeared on Showtime and the Discovery Channel and nationwide at colleges, prides, fundraisers and even the occasional livestock auction. She is also an RN and has written five books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Kelli’s fifth book, Freak of Nurture, a collection of humorous essays published by Topside Press caused award-winning author Barbara Carellas to give Kelli the moniker “the David Sedaris of the genderqueer dyke world.” Kelli’s is a frequent contributor to You may have also seen Kelli’s unique humorously concerned voice in articles on Refinery29, The New Republic, Thought Catalog and Autostraddle and the NPR Health Blog. Kelli’s 5th comedy CD, “Gender Envy” will be released November 1st.

Molly McCloy is a three-time NYC Moth Slam winner with work published in Slate, Nerve, and Swink. She holds an M.F.A. in Nonfiction from The New School, and teaches at Pima Community College in Tucson. Currently on sabbatical, Molly is touring Mad Dog Grudges, her one-woman show that unravels her screwed-up family’s legacy of violence and addiction, explores the ridiculousness of grudges, and asks what it takes to forgive others…and yourself. To learn more about upcoming performances go or email to sign up for the email list.

Please note: this is part of a festival and is a ticketed, not sliding scale, event. However, if you’d like to come and you can’t do the whole price, please email for a discount code. THANKS!.

Queer Memoir: SELFIE

CHE POSTCARDAlthough we often take off the summer from Queer Memoir events, this year we’ll be doing two shows during the months of June and July.

June saw us above the Out of the Closet Thrift Shop telling stories about STRENGTH, in collaboration with Brooklyn Pride.

But for the end of July we have a very special treat: we’ll be talking about SELFIES at the Wild Project, in collaboration with the Fresh Fruit Festival.


Che Gossett
Kip Davidson
Cecilia Gentili
Rebecca Weinberger
J Mase III
Zachary Wager Scholl
Lady D


Che Gossett
Che is a Black trans/femme, a proud theory queen and academic gossip girl who’s in an open relationship w/ academia and an intimate relationship w/ ideas.

Zachary Wager Scholl

Zachary is a writer, performer, educator and cultural worker. He is a member of the Aftselokhes Spectacle Committee, The Man Meat Collective, and Jews for Racial & Economic Justice. Most recent written work include “Zelig Zisman,” published inInsatiable: Stories of Lesbian Desire; and “Sisters,” published in the Heels on Wheels forthcoming anthology.

Cecilia Gentili
Originally from Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. Currently, she serves as the Trans Health Coordinator for the APICHA Community Health Center, while continuing her work as a mentor and an advocate within her local community in Jackson Heights, Queens. She was also a contributor to Trans Bodies,Trans Selves, a resource guide for transgender and gender non-conforming populations and is a board member at PERSIST and TransLatina Network.

Kip Davidson
Kip Davidson is the product of a family of artists. Writers, illustrators and painters abound, while drinking problems and bipolar disorder, acknowledged and denied, also run rampant. Kip has interest in the healing of difficult moments in life by addressing pain through written and visual expression. A former basketball player, leatherboy, graphic designer, burn survivor, and New England ocean enthusiast, Kip has discovered the power of play and nature as wonderful teachers in embracing life.

Rebecca Weinberger
Rebecca is a fat, queer, rooftop gardener in Brooklyn. She’s obsessed with her plants and the food she can make from them. She is also one of the main organizers of the Big Fat Flea

Queer Memoir: STRENGTH (in collaboration with Brooklyn Pride)