One whole year has passed since our inaugural Free Speech. A year of hearing intimate stories from fierce women across all walks of life. This event has been—for lack of better words—really f*cking rad.
At our very first Free Speech event on March 16th 2016, with the theme ‘The F-Word’, we heard 6 tales of feminism, first dates, forces of nature, fallopian tubes, and more. With so many more F-words to choose from, we couldn’t resist delving into this theme for round two. Without further ado, I give you the stories from our amazing speakers: Cambria, Angelica, Béalleka, Jean, Emily, and Jasmine.
1. CAMBRIA HERRERA: “F*CK, IT’S MY FAULT”
Cambria is a Chicana writer, actor, director, and poet (by night). Her story and poem delve into the not-oft spoken about realities of loving someone with depression when you suffer from your own disorders.
2. ANGELICA LIM: “ON F*CKING UP: HOW BEING GOOD AT IT ISN’T BAD”
Angelica is a queer Filipina mother, an organizer with ‘Gabriela Portland’, and a wannabe cook. She dishes some real talk on being unabashedly honest about making mistakes, and the learnings you carry with you.
3. BÉALLEKA: “FAITH AND FEARLESSNESS”
Béalleka is a Kenyan-born, Portland-based writer, storyteller, and “recovering academic.” She speaks on the courage it takes to have faith, the questions she asks herself daily, and the number 44.
4. JEAN GORDON: “MY FORTIES”
Jean (an insatiably curious human) is an avid runner, hiker, traveler, and works at Nike Inc doing rad things. Jean talks about the prevalent pressures and freedoms that happen respectively in your 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.
5. EMILY ALLEN: “F*CKING FAIRYTALES”
Raised in the South but escaped without an accent, Emily sometimes coaches, sometimes hikes, and at other times rocks karaoke. Emily shares a little about how her parents’ story at first shaped her views on finding love, and the freedom that comes with following your own storyline.
6. JASMINE PETTET: “FRISSON AND FATHERHOOD”
Jasmine is a substance abuse counselor for homeless youth, and was recently described to a stranger as “one tough cookie”. Jasmine delves into goosebumps, or aesthetic chills, and shares amazing insight for her younger self.
***Mega special thanks to Steven Barker, thefuturesteve, for snapping some rad pics at this month’s event!