Ohio University

SpeakOUt

Our speakers bureau project, SpeakOUt, educates groups on and off campus through story-sharing panels combined with educational information.  Panels provide the opportunity for audiences to engage sexual and gender diversities through the personal experiences of volunteer panelists followed by dedicated time for questions and discussion.   SpeakOUt panels include a combination of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community. 

We create an accepting atmosphere where people can feel safe to ask any question. The minimum length for a panel is 50 minutes, however, we are open to adapting to different timeframes.  Our presentations are generally discussion-oriented with an emphasis on stories and questions. Volunteer panelists do not claim to represent the entirety of queerdom and only represent themselves speaking from their own experiences.   We encourage ALL questions to be asked while also respecting the right of a panelist to decline to answer and/or explain why a question might be inappropriate.  

We strive for SpeakOUt panels to reflect the interests of those requesting a presentation; we are happy to work with volunteers to speak to a variety of topics such as: 

  • Experiences in school (from kindergarten to college and beyond)
  • Athletics 
  • Impact of media representations / mis-representations
  • Realities of queer people of color
  • Intersections of identifying as LGBTQ and living with a disability 
  • Queer Professionalism 

Request a Presentation

Requests must be made 2 weeks in advance of your preferred date. We will consider requests with less notice on a case by case basis. You will receive a follow-up email within 2 business days of submitting your request. We try to honor all requests based on availability of volunteers.  Fill out the speaker request form or email lgbt@ohio.edu