LGBT Writing Aloud Made NYWC Proud!


Photo by Tamiko Beyer

NYWC’s month-long Pride Celebration culminated with a special intergenerational LGBT Writing Aloud.

The event was hosted by poet and NYWC workshop leader Tamiko Beyer and held at The Center, the place to be in NYC during Gay Pride Month. It was an amazing and unique opportunity to hear several generations of extremely talented LGBT writers, including youth members of our New Alternatives and Ali Forney Center, CAMP Brooklyn workshops, along with LGBT elders from our SAGE groups. The diversity of voices was incredible, and the audience was charmed by stories of Italian American women mourning the death of Rudolph Valentino (Joan Durant), of a young man’s introduction to gay bars in NYC back in the day (Bill Larmer), of an extremely animated and comical ride on the A train (Tom Marsh), and of a sultry “Fruit Vendor Lady” in a Trinidad market (R. Erica Dolye.) We also learned about love- powerful, redeeming, and consuming, in beautiful poems read by the younger writers, Casper and Sakima.

Special thanks to our partner SAGE for all that they do to improve the lives of LGBT older adults, and for making this reading happen, and to the headliner R. Erica Doyle for sharing her talent and pride with us. It was the perfect end to a perfect and historic Pride celebration!