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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers

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The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7.

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—William Gordon managed public libraries in Washington State, Idaho, Minnesota and Maryland and was then selected to be the Executive Director of The American Library Association, headquartered in Chicago. He was startled when he began to lose the use of his legs nearly twenty years ago and was diagnosed with a degenerative, progressive motor neuron disease. He has adjusted and is living a fulfilling and interesting life.

—Pamela Meyer hitched a ride to Chicago after working a season at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland and 30-some years later, she is still here. Pamela's curiosity and love of working with creative teams led her to complete two Master's degrees and a Ph.D. in innovation and human systems. She is author of four books on learning and innovation and also teaches emerging leaders at DePaul University's School for New Learning.

—Lisa Pearson fell in love with the ocean as an angst-ridden teenager in San Francisco. She moved to Chicago—where there is no ocean—to pursue an MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University and an MAT from National-Louis University. She is a writer, teacher, actor, director, singer, and photographer. She has shared stories at Live Lit events around Chicago ( Write Club, Voice Box, Sad Clown, 9x10 Chicago and OUT Spoken ).

—C. Russell Price is a Genderqueer Appalachian punk poet originally from Virginia. Their work has appeared in Court Green, Lambda Lit, Nimrod International, Story Club Magazine and elsewhere. Their chapbook Tonight, We Fuck The Trailer Park Out Of Each Other, was released in 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. They are currently at work on a poetry collection dealing with the Queer Apocalypse and a collection of essays.

—Gwen La Roka hit the comedy scene with an explosive energy that quickly led to performances at world famous comedy clubs. Gwen's honest comedic approach, meshed with her passion for social justice and her physical humor, enables her to bring together diverse crowds from all ethnic backgrounds in solidarity.

—Will Von Vogt is an actor, producer and host/curator of Salonathon, a weekly performance series every Monday at Beauty Bar Chicago. He is currently writing and producing a very gay web series and producing the second installment of Angels in America: Perestroika, happening this coming spring.

—Dion Walton has worked as a professional theatrical performer since the age of 19 in 1971.He has been an actress, actor, make-up artist, photographer, activist, teacher, writer, painter, and singer and not in that order. He truly loves the theater!

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