Call for Stories: 2019 Pride Series

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ activism and fight for liberation. June marked the start of the Pride season. In honor of this landmark year we’re releasing a special story series and looking to capture as many stories as possible for this episode special.

Recognizing that black, queer, trans & non-binary people are often excluded from the Pride narrative, our goal is to pass a microphone to and offer a platform for the most marginalized voices in the LGBTIA+ Community to share their stories.

About You Had Me at Black

You Had Me at Black is a storytelling podcast and event series reclaiming the Black narrative by passing the microphone to regular people to share their true-life stories in their own words. You can listen to our podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and any app where podcasts play.

We’re a response to mainstream media’s failure to represent the black experience in a multi-faceted and authentic way. When you listen to You Had Me at Black you hear black people like you, and not like you at all. 

Here’s how to participate

Send an email to with the subject line “Pride 2019” and the  following information:

-- Your name

-- Where you’re from or where you live

-- A 2-5 minute voice note response to one of the prompts below. Please send one voice note per prompt if you respond to more than one.

-- [OPTIONAL] A photo of you to accompany your story and to be used in promotion on social media, email and on our website

The prompts are:

  1. Tell a story about a time you felt the most yourself; loved, seen, or heard. What happened?

  2. Tell a story about a time your community let you down. What happened?

  3. Tell a story about a time when you had to advocate or fight for yourself. What happened?

Be sure to tell us what happened and how you felt, in detail. Submissions that only contain commentary will be less likely to be considered.

Feel free to share this with others who might be interested!

Please note that by emailing the information above, you agree to the following:

  • You grant You Had Me at Black and Trans Women of Color Collective permission to publish said content and and use your first name and photograph  for promotional purposes, except any information you explicitly request not to be used.  

  • The content may be used for any purpose, including but not limited to podcast episodes, blog content, and social media campaigns, and may be cut, edited or modified.

  • You understand and agree that you  shall have no right of approval, no claim to any compensation, and no claim arising out of the use in any form of your recorded story, your first name, or photograph in You Had Me at Black or Trans Women of Color Collective content. 

  • You understand that you still own your story itself, and can tell it on other platforms.

  • You  acknowledge that You Had Me at Black, in its sole discretion, may elect not to publish your recorded story, or any information about your.

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