Call for Submissions from Adults for Grayscale: Voices of LGBTQ+ Youth

                     DEADLINE: ongoing project



Blackbird Arts is seeking first-person, hand-written narratives for an online exhibition of Grayscale. We are looking for LGBTQ+ adults 18-100+ years to write “Letters to My Younger Self” that explore one’s experience as an LGBTQ+ youth. Now that you are an adult, what do you wish your younger self had understood/ known/experienced? Some questions to consider when writing the letter:

1)   What was your experience coming of age as you became more aware of your identity and/or orientation?

2)   What is your coming out story (if you have one)?

3)   How have your friends/family shaped your identity and/or orientation?

4)   What events are memorable/are there any you’d like to change?

Please include one photograph that captures something about you. This may be a portrait, a place, or an object. Photos will be displayed with the letters. Photo size limit is 8x10. Suggested letter size is one page.

These submissions will scanned and added to an online exhibition: Grayscale: Voices of LGBTQ+ Youth. Your entry can be named or anonymous, but we ask that you please list your current age at the bottom of the letter. Photos will be returned if you include a self-addressed envelope.

Please send to: 

Blackbird Arts

1485 Barlow St

Traverse City, MI  49686

(include an email contact, if possible)

For questions, please contact Melissa@blackbirdartstc.org or call (231) 421-8085.