Storytelling is one of the oldest and most accessible tools used to share culture and experiences over generations.

But telling our own stories, and sharing our own experiences in our own words, is also a means of empowerment and self-affirmation – especially when our voices have been marginalized for as long as we can remember.

OUR_STORY aims to gather queer narratives from all around the world, seeing that freedom of expression for people that don’t conform to the majority’s gender norms is still relatively or completely absent in some parts of our planet and underrepresented everywhere.

We work with a team of experienced volunteer editors so that each story can be read and enjoyed by as many people as possible. Right now we can only accept submissions in English, but if you write in another language, you can get in touch as well and we will see what we can do.

OUR_STORY wants to highlight voices that are and have often been silenced. You’re especially encouraged to submit if you have not published anything before.
Reprints are ok, so are anonymous submissions. We are looking for creative writing submissions as well as journalistic or biographical work.
OUR_STORY is queer history in the making. Be a part of it!
OUR_STORY is open for submissions until June 2018. Formats can be short stories, poems, book excerpts, interviews, diary entries, documentaries, comics and what else you can think of. Submissions can be in writing, photography, video or audio. Accepted submissions will be published online on TQU and accessible to all.
After June 2018 we will select some stories to be printed in an anthology.
Subscribe to TQU’s newsletter to hear about our calls for submissions.
Call for submissions ends June 30th, 2018.
Deadline extended until July 8th, 2018.
TQU IS FOR YOU AND ME AND EVERYONE WE KNOW.
disclaimer: TQU is here to challenge racism, sexism, classism and all other forms of oppression. In order to join you should have acknowledged that these things exist and that they kill people. Especially if you’re white and/or cis: be respectful, be kind and be willing to learn.
TQU is looking for illustrators:
If you want to make an illustration for one of the wonderful stories people submit, write to: art@transnational-queer-underground.net.

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