Join us for an evening of LGBTQ storytelling, our second annual SpeakOut: Stories of Pride with Brooklyn Brewery. These stories, and the people telling them, amplify the coming-out narrative - a common experience shared by LGBTQ people around the world.
Come June 20, 2018 for a night you won't forget. Hear from some incredible thinkers and doers who have shaped the fight for full LGBTQ equality.
Enjoy a complimentary beer, brewed in honor of Stonewall Inn, the iconic location of some of the gay liberation movement's most important moments.
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Event starts at 8:00 pm.
Anita Dolce Vita is a writer, speaker, producer, and consultant focusing on LGBTQ entertainment and fashion. She has produced some of the largest queer fashion shows in the United States held at world renowned institutions, such as the Brooklyn Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. In 2016, Anita produced and moderated the first ever queer style panel to be featured at the South by Southwest's (SxSW) official Sxstyle week. SxSW has invited Anita back for two consecutive years to produce and moderate a panels showcasing leading queer fashion thought leaders and entrepreneurs who will discuss approaches to anti-oppressive LGBTQ marketing and un-gendering fashion. Often called upon as an expert to speak about or comment on queer style, Anita has spoken at SxSW, the Brooklyn Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Refinery29 panels, the Museum of the City of New York, the ClexaCon Media and Entertainment Convention for LGBTQ, Oberlin College, the NYC Department of Mental Health, Estée Lauder brands, and Ogilvy & Mather. Currently, Anita is the Owner and Editor in Chief of dapperQ, a leading online queer style magazine, and a contributing fashion editor at Curve, the nation's best selling lesbian print magazine.
Kit Yan is an award-winning Yellow American New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Kit’s work has been produced by the American Repertory Theater, the Smithsonian, and Dixon Place among many others. They have been a Civilians resident, WP/Public theater translab fellow, with forthcoming residencies at the Village Theater and Space on Ryder Farm. Kit’s first musical, INTERSTATE written with Melissa Li, will open at the New York Musical Festival this summer. Kit's website.
Martin Boyce was born in New York City's Greenwich Village in 1948. Raised in East Midtown and Yorkville, he stayed in New York to attend Hunter College and NYU. Martin is a Stonewall Veteran who is written about in David Carter’s Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution and filmed in the PBS documentary Stonewall Uprising. Martin has been a guest speaker on the gay rights movement in the four decades after Stonewall, and in 2016, along with last year's SpeakOut storyteller, Eric Marcus, he was given the Youth Role Model of the Year Award by The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Martin is an activist, a freelance art critic, and the former owner and chef of Everybody's Restaurant in the 1980's. He continues to live in New York City and is still a sought after voice in the LGBTQ community (and beyond).
Randy Wicker is an American author, blogger, and LGBTQ activist since the early homophile and gay liberation movements. His first exposure to the homophile movement came while he was a student at the University of Texas at Austin in the mid-1950s. Wicker affiliated himself with the New York City chapter of the homophile Mattachine Society (MSNY) in 1958. Wicker organized a 90-minute radio program featuring a panel of homosexual men, believed to be the first such in the United States, that aired in July, 1962. As a result of the publicity, from 1962 through 1964 Wicker was one of the most visible homosexuals in New York. In 1964, became the first openly gay person to appear on East Coast television with a January 31 appearance on The Les Crane Show. Wicker is credited with organizing the first known gay rights demonstration in the United States at Whitehall Street Induction Center in New York City after the confidentiality of gay men's draft records was violated. Randy co-authored The Gay Crusaders, a compilation of profiles of early movement leaders, with Kay Lahusen. Since 2009, he has been documenting and participating in the Radical Faerie communities in Tennessee and New York. Wicker is also an outspoken advocate for human cloning.
Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily, and has been featured on 60 Minutes. She was also featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she shared her struggles growing up as a gay person in Jamaica. She acted in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe and performed in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People's History of the United States. She also starred in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence. Author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz said, "To watch Chin perform is to watch the very essence of poetry manifested: her performances are imperfect, volatile and beautiful."
Tatenda Ngwaru is an activist, a refugee, and an intersex woman. Like so many stories we hear today, Tatenda had to make a life-changing move: "Eventually, I faced the reality that I must flee my country ― my home. If I were to stay, my life would be in danger." She tells the story of being herself, and it resonates so clearly with anyone who has had to come out of a closet. "I do not remember when exactly I decided to make the choice of being myself. Why? Because it was never a choice to begin with. All I remember now is how much people wanted it to look like a choice and also the rejection from people who surrounded me when I told them I was a woman. The transition for me was smooth. The doctors confirming I was intersex and a woman was like telling me the obvious, that I am a black person." Tatenda Ngwaru has sought asylum in New York City from Zimbabwe where she is continuing her intersex advocacy.
More speakers announced soon!
Alex Berg is a writer, host and video producer specializing in national news, feminist issues and LGBTQ culture. Alex is currently a producer for BuzzFeed News daily live morning show #AM2DM as well as a writer and host covering queer and women's issues for an array of outlets, including NBC News and Bustle. Alex regularly reports on topics like reproductive rights and LGBTQ visibility, and provides on-air commentary on SiriusXM Progress. Through the course of her decade-long career writing, hosting and producing, Alex has interviewed numerous news makers and celebrities, from senators and representatives to Disney stars and punk rockers.
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