Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold and Proud True Stories Through an LGBT LensShare +
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From finding love in the time of Grindr, to praying the gay away, to learning the truth about your lesbian grandmother, Out/Spoken is night of true tales celebrating the diverse perspectives of the LGBTQ community and embracing the challenges and triumphs of being queer, questioning, and proud. Featuring James Ayers, Alex Brewer, Cristina Calvillo-Rivera, Gina Chirillo, Morgan Givens, Robin Katcherv, Alan Mishler, and Amanda Sapir.
Presented as part of the First Person Arts Festival.
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When James Ayers left Columbus, Ohio, in 1992 for his dream job at Proctor & Gamble, he was on a path. It just didn’t lead where he expected. When his politics began to clash with corporate America, he gave up selling fat-free Pringles and Cover Girl makeup to Midwestern girls and chose another path---backpacking through Southeast Asia. Eventually, he landed in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria, ready to save the world. Two years later, he joined an international NGO and spent the next decade working in global public health in countries all around the world. In 2012, the NGO brought James to Washington, DC, where he has been following the path that led him here tonight.
Originally from Boston by way of Chicago, Alex has a soul forged in New England and tempered by the Midwest. He is rounding out his third year in DC and is equally thrilled and petrified to be performing on Speakeasy’s stage for the first time. When not working as a consultant by day, you can find him either paging through a murder mystery, feeding his insatiable appetite for pop culture, or bopping around DC’s burbs in search of a new adventure.
Cristina Calvillo-Rivera hails from the border city of El Paso, Texas. She received a B.A. from the University of Texas El Paso and a M.A. at the University of New Mexico and has served in leadership and activist roles in diverse communities of Texas and New Mexico where she has utilized her experience as an LGBTQ diversity trainer and storyteller to advance queer issues. Cristina is currently a Campaign Outreach Manager at Young Invincibles. She is proud of her Latin@ roots and is fortunate to have a loving, supportive family. Her greatest accomplishment is marrying her soul mate, Ambar.
Gina Chirillo is an avid television watcher, cold-weather-complainer, and feminist. By day, she works at a non-profit promoting gender equality and women’s rights around the world. By night, she watches Vanderpump Rules with her roommates and attempts to walk her cat, Phoebe, on a leash. Her trivia specialities are boy bands and Amanda Bynes movies, though for some reason, those topics never come up. She channels her competitive nature by being way too aggressive in her organization’s co-ed softball league. Originally from Sarasota, Florida, her three favorite things are baseball, 1,000-piece tiger puzzles, and Twitter (follow her! @ginachirillo).
Morgan Givens is a twenty-nine year old native of Charlotte, North Carolina. When he’s not trying to hide how much of a nerd he is, he spends most of his time reading and furiously writing. This is the first time he’s taken his stories, and spoken them into life for an audience to enjoy.
"Robin Katcher is described, in her own Blade personal ad-of-the-week circa 1999, as “curvaceous, loquacious, and vivacious.” Raised in New York by her Jewish immigrant family, she comes to her love of story genetically. Robin is honored to finally go beyond obsessively listening to storytelling podcasts and grace the Speakeasy stage for the first time. She is ridiculously happy to be married to Tonya and mom to Evie, the invincible toddler. Professionally, Robin is a consultant who partners with nonprofit justice leaders, organizations and networks to help them as they, basically, save the world. "
Born and raised in Colorado, Alan is a terrible skier but a very good swimmer. After finishing college in Michigan in 2009, Alan moved to DC to live the glamorous life of a linguistics research assistant at the University of Maryland. In his spare time he enjoys running, cooking, and learning languages. He also volunteers with an educational nonprofit and is working on a degree in statistics.
Amanda Sapir is a writer, storyteller, and lover of humanity who moved to the District from Tucson, Arizona. She and her canine soulmate, a boy named Wanda, wag their tails in DuPont Circle where they enjoy nice pets from the woman they belong to and futile squirrel chases