I AM MY LIFE seeks intersectional voices for VA Pride Guide 2016
Dear LGBTQ Virginians,
LGBTQ is an acronym, not one identity, and each letter is a person and each person has a story.
As part of I AM MY LIFE’s collaboration with GayRVA and VA Pride, I’m collecting stories that will focus on the diverse members in our LGBTQ community to promote intersectionality from underrepresented voices/shared and separate identities.
I’m writing to you to ask if you’ll be willing to share your story with the RVA area both online and in print.
We’re looking to show how our diversity makes us unique but also how those stories share similarities: Coming out, a first love, a personal realization about yourself which got you to where you were today. In other words, Consider a moment that influenced your life as a member of the LGBTQ (sexual minority) community in RVA/VA.
This piece focuses on intersectionality from underrepresented voices. In 300-400 words, you have the freedom to share an intimate moment from your life that includes your narrative as a LGBTQ member of RVA/VA.
Remember, the Story Bank is about platforming ALL narratives through art. There is healing power in any form of our stories, please do not feel you have to only tell the “positive” parts of your life. ALL of it equally contributes to you, and it is our differences that promote the intersectionality of our various identities in the LGBTQ community.
Art: please submit a piece of original artwork or image that relates to your story.
Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 20th
Submissions may end up in the Virginia Pridefest 2016 Pride Guide by GayRVA and/or on the I AM MY LIFE StoryBank as part of a collection of work.
Stories that end up in the VA Pridefest Guide will require a visual element and we are still considering whether submitted art or a separate photoshoot will support the narratives you all submit. This means we might need you to come and get your picture taken if your piece is accepted.
Thank you so much for the voice and personal narrative that you add to our community. I hope you’ll consider contributing a story to showcase the diversity of RVA!
Hi, I'm Chaz. I'm a UofR alum and am originally from Connecticut. My life has been a variety of adversities and global experiences that have inspired me to write, work creativity, and mentor delicate populations on the power of telling your story. I love the arts because I believe it changes lives. I am a contributor in the book For Colored Boys, an LGBTQ anthology dedicated to young minority men, and my own online organization, IAMMYLIFE.org, a site dedicated to the use of personal experiences as a guide to embracing the entirety of your being, struggles and all.
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