Stay Tuned for Upcoming Events!


Past Events:

May 4th, 2017  6:30PM – 9:30PM

Enjoy an evening of live performances and interactive discussion inspired by local artists and LGBTQ allies sharing personal stories. Indulge in delicious light bites and beverages while meeting new friends.

You won’t want to miss this unique forum!

The evenings events include:

  • Powerful spoken word poetry by Brittney Chantele
  • Speakers from the local arts community
  • Empowering dance piece with Terrance Spencer and local LGBTQ young people
  • Speakers from the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Council
  • Soulful sounds from Jude Benedict
  • Social time before and after the event
  • Hear what Arts Out Loud is up to this year and learn how you can become involved


The event is FREE, but you must register to get on the list and check in at the door.


Hurry, tickets for Speak Out Loud are going fast! Get yours before they’re gone.

The Lotus blooms with heartfelt stories!

Local LGBT storytellers and our special guest, Writer & Director, Robert Hensley, shared their stories at the first The Lotus” in Pittsburgh, PA, July 24th, 2016 in Shadyside!! Watch the highlights below! *Due to privacy concerns not all of our attendees wanted to be featured in this clip.

 If we gave you a microphone, a stage, and an audience, what would you say?

What would you say to your younger self? What advice would you share with the next generation of LGBT youth? What do you hope for your future? For their futures?

What’s your story?   Introducing a new series from Arts Out Loud called The Lotus” that gives you the power to tell your own personal story to members of the LGBT and allies community—your community. This isn’t a lecture or a TED talk or even a Slam. There won’t be scripts, notes, or Powerpoint slides. It’s just you, a mic, an audience, and your life experience.

Do You Want To Tell Your Story? Now it’s your turn! Select storytellers will share their stories. No notes. No slides. No net. It will be intimate and personal. You will learn things about your friends and neighbors that will amuse you, move you, and perhaps even inspire you.

It’s a brave and vulnerable thing for someone to stand on a stage in a room full of strangers and allow others to bear witness to their truth. You won’t want to miss this unique forum.