Rainbow Family Tree

tell your story - change the world!

Thing's you need to know...

Why make a Digital Story?
Because we want to change the world! We believe our stories have the potential to open minds... evoke tears and smiles... and maybe even provoke law reform ; )

Do I have to become a member?
No! You’re welcome to view our stories… but we’d love you to share them with other people and hear what you think about them… and it’s very easy to sign up so you can participate!
Where do I learn about making digital stories?
Many of the stories on the tree were made in face to face workshops facilitated by Incite Stories. However all the resources you need are available on this site, including downloadable guides and, most importantly, a community of experienced and helpful Digital Storytellers! To start with click here for a pdf download of 'How to make a Digital Story'. We’re keen to see the tree grow so if you’re interested in future face to face or virtual workshops you can leave a message at Rainbow Family Tree's home page or join the 'Stories Brewing?' group.
What’s all this about a research project?
‘Digital Storytelling as Everyday Activism' is a PhD-in-progress being undertaken by Sonja Vivienne, our founding member. She’s keen to hear about your experiences of using personal stories for social change. You can participate by becoming a member and posting anywhere on this site or on our facebook page.

What's viral distribution?

The idea is that people will see our stories, be moved by them, and share them with their friends and family members... as well as teachers, doctors, journalists and members of parliament. You can start causing 'ripples in the pond' by sharing online. When you watch a story you can 'like' it and share it automatically with your facebook network. Or you can participate in discussion on our facebook page. If you'd like to connect with other storytellers and larger audiences we're also on Vimeo and YouTube.

I'm a luddite... where can I get technical help?

Just post us a message on the 'Stories Brewing?' group page and we'll try and help!

Can I buy a DVD of the stories?
Some of our stories have been gathered together for use as an educational resource. The ‘What’s your story?’ DVD comes with a facilitator’s guide to assist you in using the stories in training/ educational/ awareness-raising contexts. You can buy them from SHine SA.

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Comment by Rainbow Family Tree on September 17, 2010 at 16:48
Good question and as always goes back to this thing of how we all 'frame' our various identities... the ACSA project is not specifically Queer and storytellers may or may not wish to upload their stories here, though I hope they will. Rainbow Family Tree originally aimed to encompass all of these themes/stories around stigma, acceptance, identity etc regardless of whether they were told by GLBTQIS storytellers or their friends or family members. And of course some of the stories Queer people have chosen to make are not necessarily Queer in content... there's at least one here about dog=family ; )
Comment by Michael Tomas on September 17, 2010 at 16:38
I heard about it through he Positive Living Centre ... The stories the HIV+ people are telling, will they be displayed here or on some other site ?... the reason I ask is because alot are not necesarily queer ....., or are you specifically going to target Queer HIV+ people .. ?
Comment by Rainbow Family Tree on September 17, 2010 at 16:26
Hiya Michael! We'll be running a workshop shortly to help HIV positive people tell their stories. While that may or may not be your cup of tea, I'm anticipating there'll be a bit of extra activity around the site and I'm hoping soon I'll be able to gather together an ad hoc group who'd like to work through the process together... how did you find us? And Welcome ; )
Comment by Michael Tomas on September 17, 2010 at 16:15
Hi, I would be interested in participating in a virtual workshop around sexuality, and identity .... please let me know when the next on is starting...
Comment by Victoria Tregilgas on April 6, 2010 at 17:56
Please, i'd be interested in this. The more people know about what it's like to be a child of a trans then the less isolating it will perhaps feel.

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