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Bring Your Own Presents: 'Telling My Parents'

Cheryl Gerber
Unprisoned: Stories for the System
Jewel Williams tells her story at Homer Plessy Community School.

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on

This story was told on July 28th, 2016 at the Homer Plessy Community School, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson. The theme of the evening was "Heard: Why The Young Feel Old" and the event was in partnership with Eve Abrams’ ‘Unprisoned’ project. Here, Jewel Williams won with this story of how William Shakespeare helped her come out to her parents.

The next BYO will take place Thursday, December 15th at Propeller Incubator at 4035 Washington Avenue. BYO is partnering with the Workers Center for Racial Justice on the theme ‘Moved.’ More at

Unprisoned: Stories From The System is produced by Eve Abrams and brought to you by New Orleans Public Radio and Finding America, a national initiative produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Incorporated, and with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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