"Conversations with Gay Elders" Honoring Daniel Maloney at NEWFEST
Oct
28
2:30 PM14:30

"Conversations with Gay Elders" Honoring Daniel Maloney at NEWFEST

THE GENERATIONS PROJECT presents David Weissman’s “Conversations with Gay Elders” at NEWFEST!

Honoring Daniel Maloney and all efforts for more intergenerational storytelling…

 Conversations with Gay Elders and The Generations Project  Sunday, October 28th, 2018  2:30 PM to 4:15 PM  …at The LGBT Center   Tickets available on 9/29!

Conversations with Gay Elders and The Generations Project

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

2:30 PM to 4:15 PM

…at The LGBT Center

Tickets available on 9/29!

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"MAKE HISTORY" Fundraiser at The LGBT Center in NYC
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

"MAKE HISTORY" Fundraiser at The LGBT Center in NYC

WHOSE HISTORY IS IT?????

Since the perspectives of LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities are not often included in history books, The Generations Project seeks to capture the diverse stories of our communities.  On Thursday, November 15th, 2018, we will be announcing our efforts to preserve LGBTQ history through the creation of the Stonewall 50 Time Capsule at our cross-generational storytelling workshops and live storytelling shows.   Join us and MAKE HISTORY with The Generations Project!

The Generations Project and Broadway Cares present the MAKE HISTORY FUNDRAISER at the LGBT Center.  

Stay tuned for more information!

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Griot Circle Brooklyn Intergenerational Storytelling Workshop
Dec
3
to Dec 12

Griot Circle Brooklyn Intergenerational Storytelling Workshop

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JOIN THE GENERATIONS PROJECT's STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS at Griot Circle!!

Be part of an intergenerational group who meets one twice a week for two consecutive weeks this December 2018!  Participants will be coached to share a five minute story at an upcoming Generations Project storytelling event.

Interested?  Contact us here.

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"The Why Ptown Show"
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

"The Why Ptown Show"

The Generations Project Presents Our 2nd Annual Provincetown Summer Storytelling Show.                                    

"The Why Ptown Show"

By Eric Ulloa

There’s that moment when the Pilgrim Monument comes into view over the horizon as the ferry begins to slow down. You take in a deep breath and it’s as if your lungs suddenly have more capacity to them. 

You trek up the harbor towards Commercial and you see a face you can’t quite place yet. 

A memory. 

A feeling. 

A wrinkling to the corner of your eyes as your lips crack the first of many smiles to come. 

And then there’s that first walk on the beach, with the sand swirling beneath your toes and your heart expanding to a familiar place, but one that you had forgotten about till now. 

Because now, you’ve returned to a love you’ve known for years. A love that doesn’t skip a beat once you’ve been reunited. 

You’ve returned to Provincetown. 

But what lives within the grains of sand on the beach and weathered wooden panels of the shops on Commercial Street? What stories weave together to make this the utopian vacation spot we all hold so dear?

On Monday, July 30th, The Generations Project set out to answer those exact questions in their “Why Ptown Show” at the Crown and Anchor. 

Founder Wes Enos greeted the massive audience and thanked them for allowing them a second year spreading the work of what The Generations Project does best, inclusive intergenerational storytelling that preserves our LGBTQ history and culture. 

To stay true to the hometown message of this storytelling event, the hosts for the evening were local favorites Bob Keary and Katie Ledoux. Both Bob and Katie started us off with the reasons they chose to live in Ptown, from Bob coming to work for one summer and staying 14 years, to Katie coming with friends and being snuck into the bars to join in the festivities. 

There is a tradition with TGP events called the “Stand Up” section, where the audience gets to know a little more about the people seated amongst them. For this special event, the audience was asked to stand up during the decade they first came to Provincetown. It was no surprise that with a town so rich in history and legacy, there were members of the audience that first arrived in the 1920s and the 1950s. We applauded the history they’ve experienced and the path they paved for the rest of us. 

The first storyteller of the evening, is a Ptown living legend, Beata Cook.

Born in Provincetown in 1924, she has the rare story of having never experienced homophobia in her lifetime. She chalks up this experience to the Portuguese settlers having a “live and let live” attitude toward their neighbors and to a police force that wouldn’t tolerate any form of hate crime in their town. She grew up a tomboy with dreams of leaving Ptown as soon as possible, and after graduation left for teachers college where she met the girl of her dreams. They began a secret relationship, and in 1941 came back to Ptown where they gained employment gutting and cutting fish. Soon after, World War 2 broke out,  she and her family all moved to Connecticut to seize the economic opportunity of working in one of the defense factories. Beata and her girlfriend broke up and she found herself having wild nights out in the company of other lesbians, with Beata’s mother having no idea about her daughter’s homosexuality and concerned with the idea of her getting “wrapped around a tree,” or worse yet, pregnant. To dispel these worries, Beata came out to her family who were remarkably progressive for the era and accepted her openly. When asked “Why Ptown,” Beata’s response is quite simple…”Why Not?”

The next storyteller has not only raised three generations in Provincetown, but has housed and held fundraisers at his home with famous political and cultural icons such as Joe Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Cher. Dan Mullin first came to Ptown in 1965, for, as he says, “when you’re 21 years old and have a 28 inch waist…you do well.” 

Coming from a Catholic family in Boston who “closeted everything,” Dan was enthralled by this little piece of paradise where gay men and women could come and be themselves. Between the 1960’s and 1970’s you would take in various events (and costume changes) throughout the day and then all end up at The Moors for sing a longs. The AIDS crisis dealt a devastating blow to our community in the 1980’s, with many from the larger cities coming to Ptown to spend their final days. The kind and compassionate nature of the people there allowed those who came, to die with dignity. Dan told a story of a friend who would rent his basement room from him every summer. During the crisis, this friend reached out to him, informing him that he was sick and only had so much time left. He wanted to live his final days in his beloved Ptown and the basement room that he spent so many joyous summers in. Dan reminded him that the basement room had no bathroom, and that for the time he would be staying there, he would find it more comfortable if they switched and his friend had the upstairs room with the bathroom. His friend refused the offer and insisted on spending this final summer in the basement, so Dan began to ask around at what he could do to make this final summer as comfortable as possible. Before he knew it, there were contractors and plumbers ready at the call, and as the friend arrived in Provincetown, the basement room had a fully working bathroom. 

The sense of neighbor and family is what’s kept Dan in Provincetown all these years, now being a major leader and philanthropist in the community. 

The path of one’s life often takes turns that one never sees coming, as was the experience of Byllye Avery. Growing up in Georgia, she soon found herself attending college in Florida at the beginning of the civil rights movement. She discovered her passion as a black woman of this era, as Martin Luther King Jr. (her graduation speaker) taught her and her peers that “she couldn’t sit on the sidelines and had to get involved.” There was no choice. 

She married a man and had two children, but sadly, her husband died of a heart attack at just 33 years old. Soon after, she started to become involved in the women’s rights movement, where she learned about lesbians, but still didn’t know any personally. During this time, she began to understand this other side of her sexuality and that she had feelings for women as well. Society and its pressures would hound her about the sexuality she “should be,” and the woman she “should be” and what the church wanted her to be doing. But in time, she realized she “didn’t have to do anything” and so she decided to live freely and as she saw fit. She started the Black Women’s Health Imperative in 1983 and began to carve new frontiers in educating black women about their health (reproductive, heart health, etc.), something that hardly anyone else was doing. 

She met her current partner in Atlanta, and after a wonderful winter trip to Ptown, they decided to buy a place and call it home, forever becoming a powerful and necessary voice in this diverse community. 

In a similar turn down a new path, Jay Critchley first came to Provincetown in 1975 with his pregnant wife. Once his son was born, his wife and he decided that he should set out to fully discover his sexuality. Ptown became the vibrant setting for his self discovery that eventually had him co-founding Swim for Life, as a response to the AIDS crisis. Jay knows that our community has been through a great deal, but that we always arrive on top in the end. And to mark a promise to one another that we can and will survive the current state of the Trump administration, he led the audience in singing a joyous, “We Shall Overcome!”

Marian Roth saw a very narrow path for women when she entered the world in 1944. 

The world was dim and dark for tomboy girls like her, that just wanted to do what her brothers were doing. 

So Marian did what no one else was doing…she created her own light filled path. 

She went to graduate school for political science and was the only woman in her program. In 1968, she achieved the impossible, and got a job teaching at Syracuse University. 

At this time, the women’s  rights movement was well underway and Marian found herself dipping her toes into some of the issues, but still a little afraid to fully dive in. In researching the movement, she came across a story about women faking their orgasms and realized she had never even had one. She had had enough, and she dove into the pool of the movement with gusto, eventually getting fired from Syracuse University. 

When she first arrived in Provincetown, she quickly realized she had found her tribe. She saw women building and painting homes, taking on the traditional male roles, and she thought, “My God! I’m in Heaven!”

So “Heaven” is where she stayed to finally invent herself into the human and artist she had always wanted to be. 

Leaving Provincetown is always a heavy and depressing reality we all hate to face. 

Many tears are shed as we leave behind dear friends, old loves, new romantic possibilities and the joyous memories that turn into the sand granules that will swirl beneath the feet of the new arrivals. This recent ferry ride was a tough one for me, as thanks to the Generations Project, I had a new deeper sense into the people that inhabit this wonderland I love so much. This time I left with all that I mentioned above, but this time I felt as is there were hundreds of more people I suddenly needed to meet. Hundreds of more stories I craved to be told. I was given something deeper than I had ever been given in my eight years of coming to the tip top of Cape Cod.

I was given history and a hyper focused look into my community. 

Yet, as the ferry pulled away and my heart felt as if it would shatter, I saw the four women that overlook the harbor smiling at me. 

“See you next year friend. We’ll have plenty more stories to share.”

 

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The Generations Project is proud to present our 2nd Annual Provincetown Summer Storytelling Show, “The Why Ptown Show”, an evening of live storytelling dedicated to preserving Ptown’s LGBTQ History and bridging the gap between generations of LGBTQ people and Ptown lovers.  Hosted by beloved Ptown personalities, Katie Ledoux and Bob Keary, “The Why Ptown Show” will features local Ptown storytellers, Featuring stories from Beata Cooke, Dan Mullin, Marian Roth, Jay Critchley, and Byllye Avery, who have helped make Ptown the wonderful community we all love today!

Audience members will participate in building an LGBTQ Timeline of events before the show begins.  This event and show will be filmed for our efforts to preserve Ptown's history.

The Why Ptown Show

Date:  Monday, July 30th, 2018

Check out the Ptown Show from last Summer 2017.

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"Sharing Our History" with Capturing Rainbows at the Phluid Project
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

"Sharing Our History" with Capturing Rainbows at the Phluid Project

"Sharing Our History" with Capturing Rainbows at the Phluid Project

On Monday, June 11th, 2018, The Generations Project and Capturing Rainbows celebrated Pride by co-hosting a special storytelling event at the Phluid Project called SHARING OUR HISTORY. Thank you to all who came to support our efforts to SHARE OUR HISTORY with the general public!

Monday, June 11th, 2018

7 PM to 9:30 PM

 

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SAGE + TGP Storytelling Community Bridger
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

SAGE + TGP Storytelling Community Bridger

The Generations Project returned to the Edie Windsor SAGE Center for our cross-generational storytelling event to help our communities get ready for PRIDE.  This event was the last day of a 3 week storytelling workshop where our participants worked with each other and our facilitators to develop a 5 minute story to share out loud to our live audience.

SAGE + TGP Storytelling Community Bridger

Monday, May 21st, 2018

6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

 

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The "Visibility Through Fashion" Storytelling Show at FIT
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

The "Visibility Through Fashion" Storytelling Show at FIT

The "Visibility Through Fashion" Storytelling Show at Fashion Institute of Technology

Write-up by Eric Ulloa

Do you remember the first time you put your tiny feet into the oversized depths of your mother’s heels and walked around the house?

Do you remember the first time your parents allowed you to dress yourself and the outfit that you created?

Do you remember what you wore the first time you went to a gay bar?

All of these moments share not only the common link of fashion, but the idea that fashion and sexuality have been intertwined for as long as we can remember. 

Friday, April 6th, The Generations Project in collaboration with the Fashion Institute of Technology presented “Visibility through Fashion” at the FIT Pomerantz Center. 

FIT Professor Ron Amato kicked off the the evening with a warm welcome to FIT and embracing the exciting new collaboration with the Generations Project. 

We were then treated to a beautifully created video (compliments of FIT Professors Ron Amato and Michael Huss with FIT Film students, Shoshana Robinowitz, Emiliano Sanchez, William Mun, and Brandon Gacer) that dipped our toes into an evening of discovery and empowerment through fashion and let us meet some of the storytellers we would be hearing from as the night progressed.

The Generations Project Host Kyle Post took to the stage, empowered in a Greg Barnes designed pair of high heels, to welcome us to the Storytelling section of the evening and to remind us all why we walked in those doors that night. That by being in that auditorium we were not only hungry to learn more of our history, but that we were choosing to become part of it and continue to spread our shared LGBTQ dialogue. 

FIT professor Patrick Boylan and FIT student Kyle Brogan have a shared commonality aside from a life dedicated to fashion, they both began life with a facial anomaly. Though neither have let that define them and each found their own path to fashion. 

Patrick went from singing “Soliloquy” from Carousel while making toilet paper gowns for Barbies as a kid, to moving to NYC and finding his voice in the world of fashion. He arrived at the onset of the AIDS crisis and watched as his mentors and colleagues died one by one as he struggled to find the “box” he fit in within the city’s gay scene. He insisted on “creating beauty” during a time when there was little joy or happiness as this plague swept the city. 

Kyle was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome and partially deaf, spending most of his childhood in gymnastics. Love for fashion soon came into his world and he threw himself into his craft, defining his own point of view. 

As fate would have it, Patrick became Kyle’s professor at FIT and a beautiful mentorship and friendship was born, with both men (as Patrick states) “refusing to fit into a gay box, but instead designing their own.”

Legends always have great stories as to their place within LGBTQ history and Transgender Hero Connie Flemming is no exception. 

Born as a boy in Jamaica, Connie still has a scar on her hand from when she tried to iron pleats into a pair of school uniform shorts, attempting to make them look more like the skirts the girls would wear. School, and the incessant bullying that came with it, were the years of hell for her and she eventually dropped out, receiving her GED later. 

In NYC, she started to do shows in drag at Boy Bar and soon became (in her own words) “famous below 14th street.” That world soon allowed opportunity for modeling at nightclubs, with fashion designer Patricia Field’s discovering her. 

Connie took the fashion world by storm and appeared in many runway shows for extremely famous designers, and in her first season no one knew she was a man in drag. The sudden rise of popularity for RuPaul and the “Supermodel” video in the early 90’s created a fad at having drag queens on the runway, but as with all fads and ending was eventual. Soon after the height of popularity to this trend, there came a backlash and drag and trans models, Connie included, were soon unemployed by designers and no longer welcome in runway shows. 

Connie’s view on the world of fashion continues to be bright and vibrant and she believes that her story belongs not only to her, but to “the people who saw ability in her before they saw color or gender.”

John Bartlett grew up like many other boys in Cincinnati, Ohio, yet strived for a little something more. He attended undergrad at Harvard, and it was there that he not only came out of the closet, but started to experiment with fashion. He decided that his next step was to move to New York City, attend FIT and surround himself in the craft of fashion. John would spend hours honing his craft and practicing every little detail as he wanted to really find his voice and become a master in all aspects of menswear. At the same time though, the city was in the midst of the AIDS crisis and John found himself as a caretaker to dying friends at the age of 23. Soon after the AIDS related death of a close friend, he found inspiration and decided to start his own line. 

The late 70’s masculine “Marlboro Man” look was seen to be the “face of AIDS” as the crisis was taking many of these very men. On the runways, the more slender “Heroine Chic” look was gaining popularity as designers sought to look away from any looks that could be associated with the AIDS crisis. John decided to fight against what the industry was doing and crack the stigma by having his very first runway shows feature just these very looks that all others were avoiding. His show had the “Marlboro Man” type look, with high sexuality and an embracing of leather and other motifs that had become taboo. 

John believes that for a successful future in the world of fashion, one must practice constantly and surround themselves in every detail of the business so that they have a full and complete perspective. 

To wrap up the evening, The Generations Project likes to show where our community is going with what is called “3 Voices.” 3 different voices and stories that somehow intertwine with commonalities, showing how close we all are and how far we continue to go. 

Bradley Miller, Paige Curtis and Ben Copperwheat were all bullied as children for the eccentricities and uniqueness inherent within them. Bradley asked if he was a girl by other students, Paige being called “dyke” for her boyish quirks and Ben having to change schools due to the severity of the taunting. Yet all three of them, through fashion, found not only who they really were inside, but a pride and love for this person.

Bradley found his tribe as he first moved to San Francisco and then eventually settled in NYC. He embraced wearing female fashion and makeup and now inspires those who can’t yet find their own inspiration. By facing himself and his gender, he can now proudly declare his catch phrase, “Boys CAN look like this too!”

Paige came out to friends when she was 14 years old, yet remained closeted to her conservative family. College liberated her as she was mentored by a transgendered professor and a move to NYC gave her the city she knew she could blossom within. Though still struggling with coming out to her family, Paige recently cut all her hair off and finally saw the woman she had always known inside was now staring back at her from the mirror. 

Ben started to find his voice with the music of the early 90’s, which in turn influenced his fashion choices. Once in art school, he fell in love with neon colors which not only became his artistic staple, but his passion. He feels that if the colors he wears and designs can make people smile, then his job has been fully achieved. 

Fashion will always be entwined with not only the memories that defined us in our journeys of sexuality and discovery, but the armor we chose to wear when we had to defend ourselves through it. Something as seemingly common as a t-shirt has a history deeply woven into by what that article of clothing represented to us. Every heel has walked enough paths to press a multitude of stories into it. 

With a culture teeming in vibrancy like the LGBTQ one does, it’s no wonder that fashion walks hand in hand with us. 

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The Generations Project presents the "VISIBILITY Through FASHION" Storytelling Show at the Fashion Institute of Technology with a special evening dedicated to preserving LGBTQ history through storytelling.  

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Living Time Capsule First Gathering
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Living Time Capsule First Gathering

The Generations Project presents the LIVING TIME CAPSULE 

Join us from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM on the last day of January 2018 at SAGE, the LGBT Senior Center in Midtown as we introduce our first Living Time Capsule. 

What is that you may ask? The Living Time Capsule is a 14 gauge steel box designed to be opened once a year at an annual gathering at SAGE in Midtown. Participants can submit a single page or a small envelope of pages into the Living Time Capsule at its first gathering on January 31st, 2018. 

In the upcoming annual gatherings, participants can retrieve pages/envelopes they submitted in previous years or submit a new page/envelope.

 

LIVING TIME CAPSULE FIRST GATHERING

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

SAGE in Midtown (305 7th Ave., 15th Floor)

6:30 PM to 8:00 

FREE

Hosted by The Generations Project Community

* Optional Q&A sheets given at event to fill out or particpants can free write about anything they'd like*

 

Living Time Capsule Designed by Carlos Lopez aka Project Assasin in Los Angeles


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The FIRST TIMEs Show at Superfine in DUMBO, Brooklyn
Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

The FIRST TIMEs Show at Superfine in DUMBO, Brooklyn

The FIRST TIMEs Show

Our seasonal storytelling show returns to the venue of our first show, Superfine, as we feature stories about our "FIRST TIMES" in the LGBT Community.

Monday, December 11th, 2017                                                                                          Location:  Superfine (126 Front Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn)                                                  
LGBTQ Timeline:  6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Storytelling Show:  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM                                                                                        Price:  Any Dollar Donation

Hosted by Broadway actor and life coach, Kyle Post
Photographed by Emil Cohen
Complimentary vodka brought to you by Tito's Handmade Vodka!

 


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The FIRST TIMEs Bridger at SAGE - LGBT Senior Center of Manhattan
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

The FIRST TIMEs Bridger at SAGE - LGBT Senior Center of Manhattan

THE "FIRST TIMES" BRIDGER

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Article written by Eric Ulloa

 

The holidays are a time for family and feasting, and that goes for chosen family as well and the nourishment that can be derived when we share our stories and struggles within the LGBT community. 

So what better appetizer to it all than a “Bridger” before the main feasting event. 

What’s a “Bridger” you may ask? 

A Bridger is a special event at a senior center hosted by The Generations Project in prelude to a larger storytelling event,  the upcoming event in particular being The First Times Show on Monday, December 11th, 2017 at Superfine in Dumbo, Brooklyn. 

This Bridger was an exciting first, as it was our first time partnering with SAGE. SAGE is the country’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. Along with the incredible work they’ve been doing since 1978, they also are a treasure trove of incredible stories that continue to help us bride the gap between LGBT generations, our exact mission. 

The event was held at SAGE’s Manhattan center, which opened in 2012, and is the nation’s first full time LGBT senior center. The crowd was incredibly diverse, with age ranges going all the way back to someone born in the 1940’s, and we stopped to thank these individuals for paving the way for our lives and our stories. 

Wes Enos, Executive Director of The Generations Project, started us off with a story about the moment he realized his lack of education of LGBT history and his subsequent thirst for it. 

We heard further stories from a younger generation that ranged from the time their parents found out they were gay by reading a chat window (Jean Paul, 24) and the first time Yves Olivier Mandereau saw a half naked man in a magazine to the liberation Myesha Watkins felt when she abandoned female conforming clothing for gender nonconforming inspired clothing. 

We then moved on to speakers who paved the way for us all and stories about their first times. 

Fran DeBenedictis went to her first lesbian bar in 1972 and was blown away by seeing 30 lesbians all in one place. Years later, in 1979, she was working at a lesbian bar called “Dapper and Friends,” when an incident launched her into a whole new profession. A straight couple came into the bar one day and began making threatening remarks to the lesbian staff. Fran called the police, which ended up being no help, as they allowed the couple to stay and told the staff that they should have a bouncer instead. The moment of being dismissed by the police struck Fran so strongly, it being the first time she felt ignored for being a lesbian, that two years later she herself became a police officer. 

Reginald Brown came to NYC in the 70’s with dreams of becoming a dancer. He knew all his life that he wanted to dance and that the city was the place to do it, so upon arrival he was a kid in a candy store. In 1986, he was diagnosed with HIV and given two years to live. Two years in which he decided to live each day to the fullest. Lucky for us, Reginald indeed survived and stands before us today as not only inspiration, but as a reminder to our community.  He reminds us that LGBT history often forgets the stories of people of color within the community and that they are just a part of our fabric as anyone else is. He encourages minorities to be loud and proud with their stories as they need to be heard. 

Amen Reginald. 

The holidays can be a tough time for so many, especially as they head home to families that may have reservations towards their sexuality or gender identity. We invite you to come out on December 11th to our First Times show and fill up on the feast of stories we have waiting for you. Stories that will embolden you with the power and history of our community, and stories that will comfort you as you will see that you have family all around you. 

 

THE "FIRST TIMES" BRIDGER at SAGE

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Hosted by Broadway actor and life coach, Kyle Post
Filmed by Adam Golub, Grete Miller, and Kyandha Cruz
Photographed by Emil Cohen
Brought to you by SAGE and The Generations Project   


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The Generations Project at Seashore Point for Women's Week in Ptown
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

The Generations Project at Seashore Point for Women's Week in Ptown

The Generations Project is returning to Provincetown to meet with wonderful women and gal pals during Ptown's annual Women's Week.

We welcome you to come and mingle with The Generations Project and Seashore Point communities in our efforts to bridge the gap between generations of LGBTQ people by documenting our history.  Interested in getting more involved or sharing a story with us?  Men, women, and people of all ages are both encouraged to attend!  JOIN US!! 

The COFFEE MORNING MIXER with The Generations Project

Seashore Point - Provincetown, MA (100 Alden Street)

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

10 AM to NOON

FREE

 

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Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

SUMMER STORYTELLING SHOW: The Ptown Show July 31st, 2017

Thank you to all who came out to help us document and share the LGBT History of Provincetown!  We will be back next year!

Take a look at our Ptown Video Project in Progress:

https://vimeo.com/228883766

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The BEFORE PRIDE Brunch
Jun
17
11:30 AM11:30

The BEFORE PRIDE Brunch

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The BEFORE PRIDE BRUNCH
June 17th, 2017

Written by Eric Ulloa

“How many here have heard or know about the Sip-In?” 

Six hands went up. 

In a room of over one hundred gay men and women, six people knew the reason that we were allowed to sit there on that Saturday and drink together, openly speaking about our homosexuality. 

Yet that same lack of historical knowledge is exactly why these people were gathered for Brunch on the weekend before Pride week officially kicked off. 

The Generations Project came into my life as I was embarking on a project about Queer history and wanted to push beyond all the research I’d done. I had read numerous books on Stonewall and the era, but wanted to find that personal account. Stories from the lips of people who were and have been out there living, fighting, carving a place in a society that had not yet accepted them. 

I was referred by a friend to Wes Enos, founder of The Generation Project, and upon our first meeting I knew that this was a group that I not only wanted to be a part of, but that I wanted to help in any way I could. 

We traveled to GMHC together to learn more about this organization and speak to some who had been there since its inception. We met the former president of the Mattachine Society at Julius’s for a 3 hour talk about the Pre Stonewall era. And with each meeting, the blanks began to fill themselves in. Blanks that books can’t teach you. Blanks that an entire generation took to the grave with them during the AIDS crisis. 

My first actual event with The Generations Project was the BEFORE Pride Brunch, held on June 17th at Etcetera, Etcetera. 

101 people sat down to a meal/drinks and listened to various stories from older and younger generations of the LGBTQ community. Dick Leitsch, former president of the Mattachine Society, taught everyone about the “Sip-In” and just why they were able to congregate with a cocktail in hand without the police arresting us. The man who physically challenged the law in 1966 was right there telling us all about it, an unknown hero that sat among us until he told the story and we realized the treasure sitting at the front of the room. 

Ruby Rims told us about her beginnings in the world of drag, with the razor wit only a legendary queen possesses. She also told us the painful truth about how the physical scars of being bashed may heal, but the emotional ones never erase themselves. 

Deborah Emin reminded us of the power of just telling your story, and how with sharing, she was able to learn her next purpose in life as a proud lesbian. 

We sat, we talked, we learned and we grew. 

And after, 101 people left and told their friends the stories they now knew, and hundreds more now had a stronger arsenal of history at their fingertips. 

A generation may have taken a lot of this to the grave with them, but there are still so many out there, brimming with knowledge that strengthen us not only as people, but as a community equipped to deal with whatever the future holds. If we don’t know our own history, we will most definitely repeat the mistakes made prior and never learn from these hero’s that paved the foundations we walk on. 

The Generations Project will change your life. I assure you. It’s changing mine. 

 


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End of 2016 Year Donation
Dec
31
6:30 PM18:30

End of 2016 Year Donation

Dear Friends,

The Generations Project is a not-for-profit organization committed to fostering dialogue and community-building across diverse LGBTQ populations of all ages at our live events. We curate interactive workshops and storytelling events, which empower collaborative, inclusive discourse, the sharing and preservation of our often-shrouded histories and a living manifestation of transnational, intergenerational LGBTQ Culture.

Our programs enliven and inspire both old and young, clarify our trajectory and purpose as a movement and build lasting bridges that allow isolated or marginalized members of the LGBTQ community to connect, learn from and uplift one another.

In these uncertain and challenging times, the work of the Generations Project could not be more relevant or important.

Since its inceptions two years ago, The Generations Project has continued to evolve as a significant voice in the LGBTQ population. Those of us who serve on the Board of Directors take great pride in the work the organization has undertaken over the course of this time period. In addition, we look forward to numerous new initiatives that are planned for 2017:

Collaboration with The Moth, SAGE, Arcus Foundation, Thirty Under Thirty Film Festival, and Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps for our seasonal, live storytelling events and Bridger Program;

Production of our Legacy Video Program our featured storytellers to share through our website and reach wider audiences;

Hosting a a series of San Francisco networking events and a “History of Ptown Show” at Paramount Theater in Provincetown next summer

The work of the Generations Project is critical for preserving our history and to give voice to a larger and more diverse group of LGBTQ people beyond those depicted in a handful of films, television programs, and publications.

To do our work, we depend on the generous contributions of individuals like you. As this tumultuous year comes to an end and we all gather to celebrate the beginning of 2017, we write to seek your support. We hope you will consider a donation of any amount to keep the Generations Project continue to grow and realize its mission—bonding all of us across generations and assuring our stories are embedded in the history of our country.

You can make a donation by clicking the link below

thegenerationsproject.info/donate

Thank you for your consideration.

~The Generations Project Community

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Storytelling Show - COMING OUT Show
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Storytelling Show - COMING OUT Show

THE GENERATIONS PROJECT invites you to COME OUT this FALL Season!

On October 17th, THE GENERATIONS PROJECT explored and celebrated the history of COMING OUT at our COMING OUT Show at The LGBT Center in NYC!

At this event, we mingled with the history makers who came out and inspired a new way of thinking during a time our society had the most adverse attitudes toward “gay” people.  We heard stories from our diverse communities who inspired the journeys that led us to where we are today.

PROMO VIDEO:

COMMUNITY VIDEO:

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Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

COMING OUT DINNER

Our first Coming Out Fundraiser Dinner! Most of us come out all by ourselves... We take that step. We were blessed to have Ron B host this dinner.

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Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Storytelling Show: PRIDE HISTORY SHOW

We heard stories about how the Stonewall Rebellion was one of the first times LGBTQ people came together to FIGHT BACK! In the 70s, new groups started to form that proclaimed, “GAY LIBERATION!” By the time the 90s came around, a new era of Transgender role models took brave, new steps that redefined PRIDE for the LGBTQ community as a whole. Since then, we have continued to come out with new forms of PRIDE. 

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