Q-Voices: Sharing Our Stories, Saving Our Lives

PLEASE NOTE: We are cancelling the Q-Voices conference scheduled for September 28, 2013 and are making plans to reschedule in 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please continue to check this Q-Voices website for updates.

At a glance

What: Q-Voices Conference: Sharing Our Stories, Saving Our Lives

When: S, Sept 28, 9am-9pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St & Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St Madison, WI

Cost: Standard: $85 thru Sept 21 ($100 after Sept 21). Student: $75. Plenary session only: $35. Lunch included with all. Scholarships available, see event details page.

Register online» or by phone at 608-262-2451

Questions? Contact Bridget Birdsall at bbirdsall@dcs.wisc.edu or 608-890-3330


Why Q-Voices?

There is a critical need for LGBTQ people to come together to create, collaborate, and facilitate safe places and venues to share our stories—especially our victories.

Ultimately we hope to empower a collective Q-Voice and to consciously shape a future that encourages diversity and ultimately empowers all people—especially young people—regardless of race, religion, class, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.

This conference was created to honor the life of Jeffery Fehr, a beautiful, talented young man who, after a lifetime of taunts and bullying, ended his life on January 1, 2012. We celebrate Jeffery, and all those whose voices have been silenced by taunts, bullying, or suicide. At the same time we seek to offer insight, encouragement, hope, and resources, especially for those who still struggle in mind, body, or spirit with who they are and how they fit into the world.

We come together to embolden ourselves to find our own voices, to stand in our own truths, and, if our stories aren't working, to empower ourselves to rewrite them. Please join us as we collectively manifest and define our future and our own redemptive endings. Bring your own voice to Q-Voices—the life you save may be your own.

Meet your Q-Voices coordinators

Bridget Birdsall is an author, artist and teacher. She has taught creative writing, literature, poetry and playwriting at Edgewood College and Madison College. She also served as a Visiting Artist at local Madison high schools and as a Graduate Assistant at Vermont College of the Fine Arts. Despite a life-long struggle with dyslexia, Bridget made a mid-life decision to pursue her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Full bio»

Helen Klebesadel is an experienced artist, teacher, and mentor. She was formerly an associate professor of art and gender studies at Lawrence University. Her artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Helen has been invited to offer workshops from Texas to Alaska and regularly teaches in Wisconsin. Full bio at klebesadel.com»

Get complete details about Q-Voices speakers, session content, program agenda, as well as fees, location, lodging, logistics, and more.

Register online»