The Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., will host OUTspoken, the LGBTQIA storytelling collective, on Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance is being hosted by Chicago-based comedian Elizabeth Gomez and will feature storytellers Nancy Burkholder, Sydni Chiles, Steve English, Kim L. Hunt, Archy Jamjun and Murphy Row.

OUTspoken is a monthly event celebrating uniquely personal stories from across the LGBTQ community. The group employs the art of storytelling to share authentic stories with the audience.

Curators select storytellers who identify as LGBTQ or who have experiences as an ally to enlighten and entertain audiences. The collective is committed to inclusion and recognizing our commonalities while celebrating each other’s differences.

OUTspoken’s goal is to create community, inspire dialogue and honor the rich history of people in the LGBTQ community.

“The Beverly Arts Center is committed to diversity and inclusion and the power of the arts to build community, inspire social change and bring fresh perspective to difficult and complex issues,” said Andrew Lindstad, BAC director of development and staff liaison of the center’s diversity and inclusion committee.

“In this vein, a member of our diversity and inclusion committee, Steve English, was familiar with this event and brought it to our attention as a possible LGBTQIA event. Storytelling through this lens is a powerful way to tell the unique and personal stories of individuals in this diverse community.”

Tickets to OUTspoken are $15, $13 for BAC members.

For more information or tickets, call (773) 445-3838 or visit the website at

Editor's note: As of press time, this event is still scheduled. Call ahead to check for changes/cancellation.