Jonathan & Sergey’s stories are chosen by relevance to the LGBT community, on a local, national and global level. We build our platform on a vision statement that understands that if we can encourage a dialogue that is already going on about the LGBT community in the larger scale right here in our own homes locally, that we have a better chance of creating and supporting a lasting change. Jonathan & Sergey’s official vision statement is as follows:
“Jonathan & Sergey’s strive to educate, elevate and impact the ever changing landscape of equality on a local, national and global scale through conversation and dialogue with leaders, entertainers and every day LGBT people and their allies. It is our belief that it is through open, fearless and honest speech and communication that the seeds of societal change truly reside.”
Jonathan & Sergey would be remiss if we only focused on national and global LGBT issues, but it would be equally so if it only focused on local and regional as well. The LGBT community has a right to speak out and be heard, but we also have a responsibility to understand that we are all connected in our local community and in the global LGBT community as well. There is no other show in our area that inhabits this platform more diligently and passionately than Jonathan & Sergey. As a weekly two hour LGBT talk show we have featured entertainers, organizations and individuals on all levels who help us to learn, grow, celebrate and enjoy our lives not only as LGBT people, but as human beings.
Jonathan has worked within media for over 20 years. He started a non-profit organization called “SHYNE” in 2005 that battled prejudice and discrimination through the use of the arts. SHYNE debuted “The Concert For a Hate Free World,” a completely volunteer driven stage production with choir, orchestra and even an opening interactive film put on at The Wenatchee Convention Center in 2009. He has been an activist since coming out in an article in The Wenatchee World at 20 years old and accepting the presidency of the Wenatchee Valley College Gay-Straight Alliance a few years later. He has dreamed of this show for over a decade and is extremely excited to continue his mission to be a part of the continued growth of the LGBT community locally, nationally and beyond. It is with great honor that he shares this platform with such passionate, fun, and most of all, OUTSpoken individuals. JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
Sergey Grankin is a recently out Russian gay youth in the Spokane, WA community. Through struggles with his family and his sexuality, he’s been able to find his place on OUTSpoken. His background in acting and improv have been a natural support in his current position as co-host of this LGBT talk show. Sergey appreciates the opportunities for community involvement that OUTSpoken allows him as he has a great love and hope for a city, state, nation and even world filled with acceptance. OUTSpoken continues to shape him in his new journey of life. Currently Sergey is attending Eastern Washington University with a focus on Mechanical Engineering, working on his third year of studies.
Kurt Schmierer is the wizard behind the curtain, the brain behind the forehead, and the proud producer of the number one growing show on KYRS. Joining the OUTSpoken crew in their first year, he helped to elevate OUTSpoken to the next level, being key in securing such national guests as Marc Solomon from Freedom to Marry, Ross Murray with GLAAD, and entertainers such as Anjelah Johnson and even the great Lily Tomlin. With his extensive 30 year background as an artist/painter, Kurt has turned his talents to media. His experience in marketing and managing of different online media outlets through the years have brought him ready to support and grow this amazing talk show. Kurt looks forward to many more years of accomplishments with OUTSpoken as they continue their work to educate, elevate and impact the every changing equality landscape of the world.