The concept for OUTWORDS was born in 2014. Looking back over his own journey from terrified gay teenager in the 1970s, to his current life as an out-and-proud gay man, OUTWORDS founder Mason Funk wondered, “How did I and millions of other LGBTQ people get from there, to here?”
To answer this question, Mason created OUTWORDS, the first national effort to capture the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) elders and pioneers all over America, and use their stories to educate, empower and inspire people all over the world – in particular LGBTQ youth.
By creating this connection between LGBTQ youth and pioneers, OUTWORDS will inspire our youth to defend their rights, and to work side by side with other activists for a more equitable, inclusive America.
To adequately preserve this profoundly important history, all OUTWORDS interviews are recorded by experienced filmmakers using high-definition cameras, professional lighting and sound. In the summer of 2016, the first 44 OUTWORDS interviews were recorded on the East and West Coasts and in the Midwest.
In 2017, OUTWORDS began capturing interviews throughout the South, including Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. By the end of 2019, OUTWORDS will capture 500 interviews in all 50 states. The OUTWORDS book and searchable online platform will premiere in June 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
Tax-deductible contributions to OUTWORDS may be made through our fiscal sponsor, the International Documentary Association (IDA).
Please contribute today -- and become part of OUTWORDS.