Your legacy is more than just the stuff you leave behind; your memories and experiences are valuable lessons.
Your knowledge, and our place in history, should be shared with a new generation; a bequest of knowledge and pride. We are each heroes; if they only knew what we went through ‘back in the day’ so that they see full Marriage Equality in their future.
Now is the time to bring your stories out into the world:
- As a full-length biography;
- Or a memoir that focuses on specific events or a theme;
- Perhaps as a collection of your writings or your visual art.
11, 15, 16 all US states and about a dozen other countries now recognize and validate same-sex marriage (“marriage equality“) this does not mean all is well. Many faith leaders, politicians and celebrities (however loosely defined) around the world and here in the US continue to preach bigotry, hatred and (far too often) outright violence. The growing acceptance of middle class gays and lesbians does not automatically equate to easing, much less ending, discrimination against trans and other queer (non-heteronormative) people.
To a young person confronting their own sexual awakening their first need for support may well be the messages of The It Gets Better Project; hope and positive role models. As they mature, the ability to fully appreciate the progress made requires not only knowledge, but also appreciation of, what life was often like for queer people not so long ago. They can only benefit from having your story available.
Whether you want to publish your story for the entire world or just for those closest to you, now is the time to start.
Don’t have the time or training to prepare your memoir? We will do interviews, transcribe and edit your story and do any research needed to confirm dates and names. We can scan in photographs and prepare the entire manuscript to be published in whatever form you want.
Let us help you share your story
Rainbow Memoirs is focused on preserving personal stories of LGBTQ folk. Think of us as your Personal Historian to help you collect, edit and publish your story; whether a detailed biography or a memoir highlighting a specific time-frame or events. This might lead to a full-length book or a collection of short stories, poems and/or visual art by one person, one couple, or one family (however you define that). It might lead to a few selections to be included in an anthology or a series of blog posts. Each collaboration is unique; just like you.
For an example of ‘a series of blog posts‘ see my personal blog posts about my Grandmother.
Some people want to record their history (or that of the people they love) to share just with family and friends- passing along their history and the lessons learned. We can work as your own ‘ghost writer’ or as researcher and editor, interviewing yourself and others and sourcing information and images to place your story in context.