Sunday, July 14th
2:00-4:30pm (with special pre-event preview at 1:30pm)
Madame of the Arts (3401 Chicago Avenue S, entrance in the mural wall)


Katie Burgess - community organizer and Executive Director of the Trans Youth Support Network (

Kevin "Kaoz" Moore - spoken word artist and activist (


1:30pm - Special preview of a new theatrical work-in-progress by Harry Waters Jr.
2:00–2:30pm – Snacks and mingling, contribute to the Queer History Timeline Mural and story quote page 
2:30-2:45pm – Welcome and meet featured storytellers
3:00-3:45pm – Break into small groups and share your own stories
3:45-4:15pm – Come back together as a big group and share insights and highlights from small group discussions, figure out where we want to take this series next
Snacks and mingling until 4:30pm!


Founded in south Minneapolis in 2010, Madame of the Arts (Madame) is a grassroots Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Ally (LGBTQA) community arts center. We serve as a multi-disciplinary creative hub for LGBTQA people to engage with each other and form new communities, using art as a medium for inspiring community-based and self-empowering explorations of feminist and queer politics for LGBTQA people in the Twin Cities region.

If you are able to make a donation of/for food and beverages please bring it. 

Interested in being a guest speaker or helping put on the next event? Contact one of the event organizers (Rebecca Lawrence or Scott Artley). 

*Allies are welcome to join, listen and volunteer. Hearing our stories is a great way to be an ally, allowing and assisting us in having the space to tell our stories is a way to be an advocate. Thanks!

Attendees divided between the two storytellers. 
Katie wove a story from themes chosen by the audience: Train hopping, homelessness and juggling. Katie is a gifted performer of transgender experience who has had times of homelessness. Katie developed busking skills including juggling and unicycle tricks.