Queer oral history and personal coming out stories recounted by members of the LGBTQIA community who are featured in the upcoming documentary film Sundays at Cafe Tabac. It tells the story of an unforgettable weekly salon for women through which a new voice, visibility and power erupted. Set in New York City’s East Village in the early ‘90s, against the backdrop of a highly charged moment in history, at the height of AIDS activism and the birth of Third Wave Feminism, when the so-called “lesbian chic” movement was catapulted into the spotlights and headlines of the mainstream. What emerges is a formidable story of what happens when a community comes together in unity, and how that fuels a concurrent movement in the expansion and expression of individuality.
Episode 6: Kimberly Bliss, "Coming Out"
KIMBERLY BLISS, is a Philippine-born, Buffalo-bred and Brooklyn-boroughed novelist. She is currently working on her Great American Novel set in the Philippines, Leaving Manila.
Episode 5: Leslie Cohen, "Coming Out"
LESLIE COHEN, is someone you might’ve often seen, but not necessarily have known it was her. She and her partner of 44 years, Beth Suskin, sit out in front of Stonewall in NYC, all day everyday. They were the models that posed for George Segal in 1979 and are immortalized in the sculptures at Christopher Park in front of Stonewall. Leslie was also one of the 5 women who in 1976, created the first club owned and operated for women, by women, the legendary Sahara in NYC.
Episode 4: Linda Villarosa, "Coming Out"
Linda Villarosa is an award-winning author, journalist, educator and activist, she is a contributing writer and editor for the New York Times Magazine, the NYT at large and its Science Times, where she covers race, inequality and health. In this episode, Linda shares with us here, her truly inspiring and uniquely public coming out story.
Episode 3: Karen Song, "Coming Out"
Karen Song is the director and producer of the Sundays at Café Tabac documentary, where she is able to pay homage to a space and community central to her coming of age. She is a queer-identified, Korean-American woman, born and raised in New York City.
Episode 2: Jacqueline Woodson, "Coming Out"
JACQUELINE WOODSON, is an award winning writer of books for children and young adults and live un Brooklyn, NY with her wife and two children.
Episode 1: Wanda Acosta, "Coming Out"
In this episode, Wanda Acosta, producer & co-creator of the documentary film, Sundays at Café Tabac and a stalwart icon in lesbian nightlife in downtown New York, recounts her coming out story as a young woman in the early 1990's at the height of lesbian visibility in the media and a turning point for queer culture and lesbian empowerment.
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Important history and stories with heart
I am loving this podcast! So many wonderful women and storytellers sharing vital history. Definitely worth listening and sharing with friends and family!
All our stories...
These stories, are a manifestation of all of our stories of shared experiences. You’ll experience a glimmer of yourself in each one of them. Put your earphones on and listen! Thank you Karen and Wanda!
This Podcast is a must listen to anyone interested in real life queer history. Lesbians to the front!