Watching my first Philly Pride Parade earlier this month I was awestruck by all the life stories that walked, rolled and danced by me. It was joyful and in moments like that stories flow like clear mountain streams. They’re pure and keep tumbling. I talked about it in another post. I imagined grabbing 12 complete strangers and hosting lunch to simply share stories. It got me thinking, though, what would I ask them?

Every life tells a story. Members of the LBGTQ community face challenges that many of us can not even begin to understand, unless, of course, we open ourselves up to a greater level of understanding and compassion. 

Here are 17 life story questions I would ask my new friends over lunch. My hope is that the lunch runs into dinnertime and we’re laughing through dessert. I’d want them to know their voice matters, and they should be encouraged to record their own life stories, whether it’s a bullet journal entry, essay, letter to family, short story, or a memoir.

17 Life Story Questions For LGBTQ Friends

  1. How are you?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. What are your gifts in life?
  4. What are your greatest strengths?
  5. If you could change any weakness in your life, what would it be?
  6. What do people need to understand about you at this time of your life?
  7. How do you honor your identity?
  8. Tell me about a time when you stood your ground against naysayers or prejudice and came out confidently stronger.
  9. How do you show love?
  10. What’s missing from your life?
  11. What do you do that makes you feel productive in life?
  12. What motivates you when you are most productive?
  13. What inspires you?
  14. What discoveries about yourself have most surprised you?
  15. To live your life to the fullest, what else would you like to accomplish? Release? Let go? Allow to be open?
  16. What’s on your bucket list? What already got accomplished?
  17. How can we help each other?