Stonewall Week: Tell your story to StoryCorps

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imageWhat’s your big gay story? Love? Community? Coming out? Whatever it is, the NPR phenom StoryCorps wants to record it for posterity during Wednesday’s Out and OutLoud event at Radial Cafe in Atlanta.

As part of Atlanta Pride’s official Stonewall Week of events, StoryCorps Atlanta takes over Radial to digitally etch your mark in the national LGBT landscape permanently. The event is hosted by John Lemley of WABE radio’s City Café.

So what is StoryCorps? Only one of the largest oral history projects ever. It’s a non-profit project that seeks to record, share and preserve the stories from the lives of everyday Americans. Since 2003, more than 50,000 people have interviewed family and friends (photo) and made their conversations part of the American FolkLife Center collection at the Library of Congress.

“Whenever people listen to these stories, they hear the courage, humor, trials and triumphs of an incredible range of voices,” Dave Isay, StoryCorps’ founder, says in a prepared statement. “By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this nation reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive.”

And yes, they actively seek LGBT stories. Mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, best friends, sisters and brothers, partners—any two people who care about each other—have already documented their personal lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender histories for StoryCorps.

Each participant gets a CD of the interview, and each one is up for an even more public honor: to be aired on NPR. Select StoryCorps segments air nationally each week on NPR’s Morning Edition. Atlanta’s NPR station, WABE, also airs local selections during City Café. The program broadcasts each weekday at noon.

Pretty cool.

You can also listen to hundreds of StoryCorps recordings online and subscribe to the StoryCorps podcast.

StoryCorps is ongoing, and there are lots of ways to record your contribution at events or at the StoryBooth in Atlanta. But why not make it extra special? The Out and OutLoud event is all-LGBT, and hey, it’s Stonewall Week, so what better way to commemorate it?

StoryCorp Atlanta: Out and OutLoud takes place Wedneday, June 23, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Radial Café.


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