Michael Knaapen

Everyone Loves a Good StoryCorps

Filed By Michael Knaapen | June 12, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: oral history, queer history, StoryCorps, telling our stories

we-all-have-stories.jpgStoryCorps, a nonprofit organization popular among the public radio crowd that that records and shares oral histories, is tackling the tales of LGBTQ people.

The new initiative, StoryCorps Outloud, is "dedicated to recording and preserving LGBTQ stories across America." The program will have a special focus on early LGBT pioneers, youth, and those "most often excluded from the historical record."

To kick off the program, StoryCorps has taken to Twitter. Participants are asked to photograph themselves with a sign reading, "This is __ OutLoud," filling in the blank with some personal descriptor. Post the pic to your social media, append the hashtag #ThisIsOutLoud, and you will be featured this month at StoryCorps's website.

Who doesn't love a good story? Our community has a proud tradition of great storytelling, from the essays of Paul Monette and novellas of Armistead Maupin, to the scripts of Harvey Fierstein and Tony Kushner. We have long embraced the political and community-strengthening power of personal stories. Coming out, the greatest sacrament of the LGBT community, means telling your story.

Thanks to StoryCorps for making this opportunity available. To share your story, book an interview at one of their three locations. Learn more at the StoryCorps website.

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