Featured Storytellers:

Chong Moua - Hmong mother shared her story of coming out as queer in a culture that doesn't have a word for that because there isn't a tradition of accepting LGBTQ people. Chong has been involved with Shades of Yellow (SOY) the first and only Hmong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) nonprofit organization in the world that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development to Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander (HAPI) LGBTQ and allies.

Harry Waters Jr. - Professor Waters’ career in professional theatre and film extends to students in THDA through his courses in all levels of acting and his mainstage productions.  In addition to his ongoing professional work, Professor Waters works on various community-based theatre projects in the Twin Cities and nationally, and is a committed dramaturg and deviser in support of emerging artists’ development.

Barbara Satin - Barbara Satin is a transgender activist involved with both local and national gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities and organizations.Barbara is a founder of GLBT Generations, a group that has worked to educate people about the needs of LGBT persons as they grow old. She is also a member of Living Table (formerly Spirit of the Lakes) United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, and was instrumental in helping develop a 46 unit affordable rental facility, Spirit on Lake, which opened in Minneapolis in 2013 and is providing safe and respectful housing for LGBT seniors. Barbara is the Assistant Faith Work Director for The Task Force. Barbara works on a variety of social justice issues that have a faith component, including assisting faith settings in welcoming and affirming transgender persons.

Sunday, June 9th, 2013
Madame of the Arts (3401 Chicago Avenue S, entrance in the mural wall)

TELLING QUEER HISTORY is a series of gatherings based on sharing stories in an open, informal, and participatory format. It’s about connecting queer communities, queer history and generations so that we can learn from our shared past, present, and future.

We want YOU to be part of the very first pilot event on Sunday, June 9th at the queer cultural center Madame of the Arts.

This is an idea, an experiment in community-building, and we want to know who is interested in making this something that we can own and shape together. Bring your stories for this first pilot event, and help us figure out how to keep the momentum going.


2:00–2:30pm – Snacks and mingling, contribute to the Queer History Timeline Mural
2:30-2:45pm – Welcome and meet the special guests we’ve invited to share their stories
3:00-3:45pm – Break into small groups and learn more about one of the special guests, share your own questions and 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.