Speakers and Panelists

Live Out Loud continues to attract significant industry and community leaders and nationally recognized speakers and celebrates.

Past Panelists Include:

Lance Black - Academy Award winning screenwriter
Dustin Lance Black is an American screenwriter, director, film and television producer, and LGBT rights activist. Best known for his Academy Award for the 2008 film Milk, He has also won two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the television series Big Love. Black has said "I wanted to maybe inspire the younger generation to start becoming activists in a grassroots way. There's a lot of stuff that still needs changing — not just gay rights." Black was the top entry on a list of openly gay influential people in The Advocate's 2009 "Forty under 40" and was featured on the cover of the magazine.
Lance Black’s Homecoming Project


Neil G. Giuliano - Politician and Activist
Neil G. Giuliano is an American gay rights activist. He was the former four-term Republican mayor (1994-2004) of Tempe, Arizona. He chaired the commission in charge of hosting the third debate of the 2004 United States presidential elections. He has served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from 2005 until 2009.
Neil Giuliano’s Homecoming Project


Cherry Jones - Actor and Director
Considered to be one of the foremost theater actresses in the United States, Cherry Jones is a multi-award winner for her work on the stage. She has had Tony-winning lead performances in "The Heiress" and "Doubt". Other Broadway credits include Timberlake Wertenbaker's "Our Country's Good", for which she earned her first Tony nomination, Nora Ephron's play "Imaginary Friends" (with Swoosie Kurtz); "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika", and the 2000 revival of "A Moon for the Misbegotten". Beginning in 1980, Ms. Jones has moved from stage work and stepped into TV and Film productions. Ms. Jones is currently playing President Allison Taylor on the Fox series "24".


Lola Flash - Photographer
Lola Flash's main preoccupations are racism, sexism and homophobia. She has exercised her unique skills and palette through challenging bodies of work which have bought her much attention both in Europe and the U.S.Flash was born in the United States and is of African/Native American descent. She spent 10yrs in London where she regularly exhibited her work and also attained her MA. A classic Flash photograph 'Stay afloat, use a rubber' is part of London's Victoria and Albert Museum collection.She is now based in New York, where she continues to teach and create.


Staceyann Chin - Poet and Activist
Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to poetry workshops in Denmark and London to co-writer and performer in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence.


John Bartlett - Fashion Designer
John Bartlett has been designing sharp and masculine men's wear since 1992. He is a two-time CFDA award winner and has a Perry Ellis Men's Wear award under his belt. Bartlett opened his first store in New York's West Village in 2007. In January, Liz Claiborne announced John Bartlett would assume the role as Creative Director for their men's sportswear line debuting in the spring. Well, springtime has arrived and so has Claiborne by John Bartlett. The line will be sold at John Bartlett's West Village boutique along side his men's runway collection. What He Wears has an exclusive interview with John Bartlett where he talks about the Claiborne man, his reaction to Tim Gunn's phone call and when he's most comfortable.


Jordan Roth - Broadway Producer
Jordan Roth is the President of Jujamcyn Theaters which owns and operates five Broadway theaters. Current and upcoming productions include: American Idiot, Fela!, Hair, Jersey Boys and A Little Night Music. Recent Jujamcyn productions include Spring Awakening, The Producers, Grey Gardens, Doubt, Proof, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy. Jordan produced A Catered Affair, the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show, and The Donkey Show, which ran 6 years off-Broadway with several international productions. He created Givenik.com, where theatergoers can purchase discounted tickets and give 5% of their ticket price to the charity of their choice. Jordan serves on the boards of The Broadway League, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Times Square Alliance and Freedom to Marry. He received degrees in philosophy and theatre from Princeton University and is pursuing his MBA at Columbia University.