Arts Out Loud Hosts 2nd Annual LGBTQ Community Storytelling Event

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Wednesday, 03/29/2017


Choreographer & Dancer Terrance Spencer and members of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Council among featured participants

PITTSBURGH – Arts Out Loud will host Speak Out Loud Pittsburgh!, a free storytelling event bringing the community together on Thursday, May 4 beginning at 6:30pm at the Peirce Studio inside the Trust Arts Education Center downtown. The unique forum promises to be intimate and personal; amusing, moving and inspirational, as individuals with different backgrounds and careers related to entertainment take the stage to share their personal tales of opposition, support, failure, and success.

“Now in its second year, Speak Out Loud is such a needed event where we can come together as a community, and as artists, to continue to empower and educate our young LGBTQ people,” shares Jennifer Heastings, founder and CEO of the organization. “With the current administration making changes that negatively affect our community, not to mention the possible shutdown of arts funding, our young people need a safe environment to bond and share.

Los Angeles-based choreographer and dancer, Terrance Spencer, will be here to choreograph a special performance piece with local LGBTQ dance students. “I am super excited to be coming to Pittsburg to set a piece and work with the young dancers of the LGBTQ community,” says Spencer. “To be able to use my gifts to inspire these young artists brings me so much joy to know that I will, as mentor, be able to inspire and motivate them to follow their dreams.”

The Washington, D.C.-area native is best known for his work as a dancer for Adam Lambert. Currently in a production of Dreamgirls, Spencer continues, “This is a dream show for me and to be once again working with Artistic Advisor and Director Sheldon Epps and Choreographer Jeffrey Polk is so exciting. I can’t contain myself! All you got to do is DREAM!

The evening will also feature members of the Mayor’s newly formed LGBTQ Advisory Council. They will speak from personal experience on topics such as navigating through the fallout from a Trump presidency, the arts scene in Pittsburgh, and will take questions from the audience.

Arts Out Loud enriches the lives of under-served LGBTQ youth aspiring to a career in the arts through programs including Discover Out Loud Mentoring, Dream Out Loud Scholarship Fund, and Speak Out Loud community sharing events. For more information, please visit

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