You may remember earlier this year when we launched our new, exciting initiative–StoryCorps OutLoud. We continued the OutLoud celebration at our StoryBooth location in Chicago!

The night was all about celebrating the LGBTQ communities in the Windy City with 150 guests gathering at Marwen–a beautiful community arts space in the heart of the city. Our host for the evening, La Tony, had the crowd in stitches all night as everyone got into the OutLoud spirit with powerful stories, performances, beats by DJ All The Way Kay, and, of course, great people.

All event photography credit goes to ALISSA PAGELS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Amazing crowd at StoryCorps in Chicago's OutLoud launch party.

Amazing crowd at StoryCorps in Chicago’s OutLoud launch party.

We saw so many familiar faces from past participants, partners and supporters from all over the Chicago area–including Lambda Legal, Trans Oral History Project, and Affinity Community Services, just to name a few–and were happy to welcome some new friends to the party too!

The YEPP team, before their amazing performance at the event.

The YEPP team, before their amazing performance at the event.

From an incredible performance by LGBTQ youth performance group YEPP (Youth Empowerment Performance Project) to a fierce show by the Chicago drag queen Saya Naomi capping off the evening, the event was nothing short of awesome.

Saya Naomi gave a fabulous performance to end the evening for StoryCorps OutLoud in Chicago!

Saya Naomi gave a fabulous performance to end the evening for StoryCorps OutLoud in Chicago!

As our very own Shirley Alfaro (StoryCorps in Chicago’s Regional Manager) put it during the event, “StoryCorps is here for the community.” We cannot wait to hear the many voices of the Chicago LGBTQ communities as they record their stories with us–StoryCorps OutLoud in Chicago has begun!

Huge thanks to all the performers, YEPP, Saya Naomi, La Tony, All The Way Kay, StoryCorps in Chicago staff: Anne Ford, Adriana Cargill, Shirley Alfaro, Alicia Williams, Andre Perez, Gautam Srikishan, and Katie Klocksin; and finally, Andrew Wallace, OutLoud Manager, for making the night such a success!

StoryCorps in Chicago staff with Andrew Wallace, OutLoud Manager, celebrating StoryCorps OutLoud in Chicago!

StoryCorps in Chicago staff with Andrew Wallace, OutLoud Manager, celebrating StoryCorps OutLoud in Chicago!

MORE PHOTOS OF THE NIGHT

All The Way Kay DJ-ing it up 9.19 at StoryCorps OutLoud Launch in Chicago.

All The Way Kay DJ-ing it up for StoryCorps OutLoud Launch in Chicago.

La Tony gets crowd laughing as he hosts the evening's event.

La Tony gets crowd laughing as he hosts the evening’s event.

From Left to right: Saya Naomi (Chicago Drag Queen), Andre Perez (StoryCorps in Chicago Facilitator), Precious Davis (Center on Halstad).

From Left to right: Saya Naomi (Chicago Drag Queen), Andre Perez (StoryCorps in Chicago Facilitator), Precious Davis (Center on Halstad).

Andrew Wallace, StoryCorps' OutLoud Manager.

Andrew Wallace, StoryCorps’ OutLoud Manager.

PLUS check out all the fun photobooth shots from the event, thanks to GlitterGuts!

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