AURORA — Aurora Pride has announced the lineup for the OUTspoken storytelling event at this year’s festival.
From Aurora Pride’s Facebook page:
Archy Jamjun is a storyteller, teacher, server, and writer. He is a two-time winner of The Moth Grand Slam and curator for OUTspoken. He lives in the South Loop with his partner Jeremy and their cat Ladyboy.
Kim L. Hunt loves shoes and storytelling. During her day job, she is the executive director of the Pride Action Tank, a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, where she also serves as the interim vice president of the Policy & Advocacy Department. Kim is the receipt of numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. The first Tuesday of the month she has the honor of co-hosting OUTSpoken LGBTQ Storytelling. Check out her Instagram page to witness her devotion to shoes.
Ray Lauk is a career educator who has spent most of his career as a school superintendent in suburban and downstate Illinois and overseas at the American School of Brasilia, Brazil. During the summer he teaches school leadership and finance in The College of New Jersey’s international master’s degree program in Bangkok. In an unusual career twist, Ray also became an entrepreneur. He is a superintendent-turned-toffee makerand is the owner of Dr. Ray’s Toffee in Chicago. This coming October, Ray will be running his 8th Chicago Marathon just two weeks before turning 60.
Ken Mejia Beal is a political organizer who has worked for candidates across the Midwest. He is also an award winning commentator for two publications, Patriot Not Partisan and DemWrite Press. In addition to writing and politically organizing Ken serves on several civic boards and advisory panels for marginalized people. Ken is also the host of the Podcast Series “Snatched”.
Sonal Aggarwal is a world traveling performer and mischief maker. Born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, she left the United States after college to travel the world in search of a no drama zone. As her sharp with and infectious energy carried her across the world, she realized that, alas! No such place exists!
Gearah Goldstein is a nationally recognized Diversity & Inclusion consultant for businesses, government agencies, hospital networks, educators, and law enforcement. She has been featured on the NBC Today Show, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, CBS, ABC, NPR national news, and many other media outlets. She is also a founder of the GenderCool Project. In addition Gearah has been the lead trainer at the Center on Halsted, training over 2,000 new volunteers over the past 2 years.
Make sure you mark this on your calendar. Seating is first come first serve!
OUTspoken will be at Ballydoyle Aurora at 28 W. New York St. The show starts at 8 p.m.