Vibrant Kin tells the history of the LGBTQ community in Cincinnati, specifically activism in the community between 1967-2017. Thanks to the Ohio Lesbian Archives and other local history resources, we have a lot of information about what the community has looked like for the last 50 years. But those sources only tell part of the story. We want to hear more: we want to hear your parts of the story.
We want to hear from community members, activists, and organizations about your experiences with LGBTQ activism and life in Cincinnati over the last 50 years. This exhibit is an opportunity to come together and hear each other. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and to share the diverse, beautiful, rich story of LGBTQ community, life, and activism in Cincinnati, Ohio over the past 50 years. To do that, we need your help. Your experiences and memories are what make this story so diverse, rich, and vibrant. We want to hear them, if you’re willing to share.
How Does It Work?
- Download the prompts above for either “Individual Stories” or “Organization Histories“. These are designed to help you think of what to share. Use them as much or as little as you like. You may want to look at the prompts and think for a couple days about your responses.
- Tell your story in the way that is most comfortable for you: you can write your story in a Word or Text document, record an audio file of your story, or record a video of you telling your story. Then, send the documents, along with the Information Sheet, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please submit your story by March 17, 2017.
How Much Should I Share?
- Share as much or as little as you want! Whether your story is a paragraph or 20 pages, 30 seconds or 30 minutes, we want to hear it and it will help the exhibit.
- The Information Sheet is the only required component of any story. It has a few required fields that are necessary, and several others that are optional. The more information you give about yourself, the better, but you don’t need to share anything you are uncomfortable sharing.
I Don’t Want to Be Outed!
- Privacy and confidentiality are very important to our community, and we want to respect and honor that. The Information Sheet has three options for including your information in the exhibit: “You may quote my story and identify my name,” “You may quote my story, but I wish to remain anonymous,” or “My story may only be used for research purposes and I wish to remain anonymous.” If you select either of the anonymous options, your name will not be used in the exhibit or any Vibrant Kin materials, in paper or online.
- When you submit your story, you will be sharing your name and your email address with the Vibrant Kin creators. If you ask to remain anonymous, your name and personal information will not be shared with anyone other the exhibit creator and designer.
I Haven’t Been around for 50 Years!
- This is an intergenerational history project that starts in the 1960s, but goes all the way up to the present day. If you have stories and experiences to share, we want to hear them, whether they are from 1971 or 2016.
I’m Not Really an “Activist”
- The exhibit is centered around LGBTQ activism because an exhibit about all of LGBTQ life in Cincinnati, even restricted to 50 years, would be much too large to create in a few months, but that doesn’t mean it will only be about “Activists.”
- Activism can mean many different things. Community building or starting a social group can be related to activism, and it’s still significant to our community.
- Activism doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The LGBTQ community shapes activism, and activist movements impact the community. We want to hear what community members thought about activist movements just as much as we want to hear about activists themselves.