Bright Lights, No City

Bright Lights No City, was a project documenting LGBTQIA+ youth experiences about growing up queer in regional WA. A series of nine stories, five oral stories and four written stories, have been thoughtfully crafted with the help of Oral Storytelling Trainer, Sisonke Msimang, and Writing Expert, Susan Midalia.

On the 17th May 2018, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, six storytellers shared their stories in an intimate and relaxed setting at the Centre for Stories. All nine stories are available here, on the Centre for Stories website, for you to read, listen and reflect on.

This project was was funded by Catalyst.

My name is Jay Anderson; I'm a writer and editor, and, as corny—and perhaps as vague—as it sounds, I'd like to make a difference. I spent the majority of my life in Kalgoorlie—a red-dirt town full of miners who are seemingly, more often than not, too-pissed-to-piss-straight.
My name is Emery Wishart. I'm a young pre-service primary school teacher with a passion for supporting trans and gender diverse community development. I spent my adolescent years in country WA and want to share my experience of coming into my queer identity. 
My name is Jordan Fletcher, and to quote 'Little Britain's' Daffyd Thomas, I am a gay. Moreover, I am a finance and economics student, hilariously mentally ill, and keeping it together enough for roughly 10 minutes of awkward anecdotes about growing up gay in the cultural oasis that is Kalgoorlie.
My name is Alex Watson, I have a passion for stories in all forms and I’m constantly looking for new subjects to expand my knowledge. I grew up in the sand and surf of Geraldton, it was there I discovered I was transgender, and where my own story begins.
I am Peehi Blake, I’m a supermarket deli queen most days and a self-taught makeup artist every other day. I’ve spent the last five years of my life in the mining town of Kalgoorlie and coming out to my friends and family has definitely been a wild ride.
My name is Josie Boland. I’m a 23-year-old gay woman. When signing up for this project I didn’t think I’d have a lot to say about my home-town, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, but holy moly guacamole, have I seen some shit.
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