Telling Queer History connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ+) people through storytelling gatherings, since June 2013. When we share our histories, we find unexpected commonalities. TQH gives people a space to grow in their understanding of themselves, each other, and their collective history and to foster community.
Free, All-Ages, Substance-free, ASL interpreted events.
We envision an intersectional LGBTQ+ community dedicated to authentic conversations that strengthen a sense of belonging, connection, agency, and hope, where all voices are heard, valued, and respected.
The mission of Telling Queer History is to connect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer + people across generations and identities through storytelling gatherings, which bring communities together to foster compassion, empathy, and healing.
See our upcoming events here: tellingqueerhistory.com/blog
Becoming a sustaining donor helps us compensate featured storytellers at gatherings, build collaborations with other organizations, provides food at gatherings, pays for childcare at gatherings, and compensates our staff as we grow our organization.
Join us in building a more connected and empathic LGBTQ+ community by becoming a sustaining donor and inviting your friends to join you.
Now in the age of COVID-19, we’re working to develop the same sense of connection and intimacy attendees experience during in-person gatherings and translate it to virtual gatherings. We know the feeling of sitting in a circle with our elders and listening to their stories cannot be directly replicated, but we believe that staying connected through storytelling is more important now than ever. While our community is under unprecedented isolation, especially our elders who are more at risk for COVID-19 complications, we want to keep people connected to their history, the stories, and each other.
We will create ways for people to connect across differences and outside of their current social circles, creating a deeper connected and diverse community. This provides a unique opportunity to record and share more voices as people are stuck at home and have a heightened desire to be heard.
This project will unfold in four overlapping phases over several years, as funding, energy, and other resources are available.
Phase 1: Over the next few months we plan to edit and release recordings of previous gatherings and hold listening parties that allow folks to interact with each other.
Phase 2: We will create virtual gatherings similar to our in-person gatherings, including our fundraiser and subsequently edit and share them.
Phase 3: We will identify and develop content on the historical context of themes of future gatherings to share in advance of storytelling events.
Phase 4: We will create a system for collecting and sharing short oral histories of attendees related to the theme after each gathering.