Out Loud, Long Beach’s queer arts festival, to return 2019

Out Loud Queer Art Show

Out Loud, a queer arts show, debuted in July at the Art Theatre. The show will return in 2019 to the Fourth Street movie palace. Photo: Out Loud.

LONG BEACH — Organizers of Out Loud, the local queer arts show that launched in the summer, have started planning next year’s event.

The nonprofit group says that the free arts festival will take place June 29 from 1 to 4 p.m and return to the Art Theatre.

Artists have not yet been confirmed, but will reflect the diversity of this year’s show, including poetry, literature, song, dance, theater, and film, said Dave Russo, founder of Out Loud.


The event is important because it brings visibility to LGBTQ artists, Russo said.

“If Out Loud can help even one person come out more publicly, live more openly, and look more compassionately at their neighbors, regardless of class, status, race, or any other social marker, I will consider it a success,” said founder Dave Russo. “Combating hatred and bigotry really comes down to one thing, visibility.”

This year’s festival showcased 22 artists, including eight poets and 14 artists representing photography, painting, jewelry, sculpture, and glass. Their work was displayed on stage at the Art Theatre.

In an interview this summer with Q Voice News, Russo said art bridges understanding with people.

“We want people to know us through the arts,” Russo said. “It’s hard to hate people whose acting you enjoy, whose music you love. It’s harder to marginalize them.”


Russo hopes to expand next year’s Out Loud festival with craft workshops, a panel discussion, a celebrity emcee, a week-long art exhibition in Fourth Street businesses, and an expanded musical performance.

The organization has applied for grants, approached sponsors, and launched a GoFundMe page.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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