Michelle Tea (San Francisco) collaborating with the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society (San Francisco)
Award: $40,000 Literary Arts grant awarded in 2008
Premiered: June 2009
Michelle Tea and eight community writers and performers collaborated with the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society to create In the Streets, an evening-length production tracing the development and evolution of the GLBT rights movement in San Francisco. Focusing on significant moments in GLBT community history from 1943-2005, the participating writers created 8-10 minute researched pieces, refining their manuscripts with Tea, and collaborating to shape a final production.
Participating writers were Keith Hennessey, Ali Liebegott, Annie Danger, Felicia Luna Lemus, Justin Chin, T Cooper, Juba Kalamka, and Meliza Banales. In the Streets was presented in free performances at the LGBT Community Center.
Michelle Tea is the award-winning author of five novels, a book of poetry, numerous short stories, and hundreds of articles. In 1994, she co-founded the legendary and long-running Sister Spit all-female open mics that called attention to San Francisco’s emerging lesbian artists, who performed to sold-out houses across America.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, the society is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history.