A week ago today, at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City, we hosted our first-ever evening of storytelling at G Philly’s LGBT Six-Word Memoir Slam. The event was in conjunction with our LGBT Six-Word Memoir Project, which we began this summer in an effort to collect the stories of Philly’s vibrant LGBT community. We laughed and cried as some of the entries rolled in, but there was nothing quite like being able to hear some of them being discussed out loud at the slam.
Kooky drag queen Maddy Milan and G Philly‘s own Alexander Kacala hosted the event, inviting our six story tellers — Julia Scotti, D. Bruce Hanes, Kemar Jewel, Liz Spikol, Brian Seaman and R. Eric Thomas — to share the sentiments behind their chosen bios. They all did an amazing job. It was definitely a night to remember.
Check out our slideshow of photos of the evening below. All pics courtesy of Ian Watson.
Crowd shots before the show
MontCo Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes (left) chats with Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin
Hosts Maddy Milan and Alexander Kacala
Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin and KYW Radio's Michael Braunstein
One of our evening's storytellers, R. Eric Thomas (left), talks to Philly journalist Sandy Smith.
KYW Radio's Michael Braunstein (left) and journalist Sandy Smith
QueerTimes' Thom Cardwell (right)
G Philly contributor Brandon Baker (left) and his sister-in-law Nancy Krebs Baker
G Philly blogger Josh Middleton (left) and six-word memoirist Karen Faber
Six-word memoirist Karen Faber shows off her hilarious entry, "No, I'm not pregnant. Just gay."
Host Maddy Milan started the show with a performance of Ella Fitzgerald's scat-tastic "Airmail Special," finally shining light on her bonkers six-word memoir, "Scadoop scadoo boop boom pow cough."
Hosts Alexander Kacala and Maddy Milan
The first memoirist was transgender comedian Julia Scotti. Her six words: "I'm unique, which makes me collectible."
Julia Scotti and host Alexander Kacala
Straight ally and MontCo Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes discusses his memoir, "On the right side of history."
Attorney and Mazeppa Productions Producer Brian Seaman. His six words: "Life lesson: Never date gay magicians."
The Attic Youth Center's Kemar Jewel. Six words: "Most people don't know. I do."
Philadelphia magazine's Property blogger Liz Spikol explains, "Annoyingly bisexual. Just ask former partners."
Our final memoirist, Philly storytelling pro R. Eric Thomas. Six words: "Grow up. Log on. Freak out."