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SpeakOUt

About SpeakOUt Panels

Our speaker's bureau project, SpeakOUt, educates groups on and off campus through story-sharing panels. Panels provide the opportunity for audiences to engage sexual and gender diversities via personal experiences of volunteer panelists, 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. 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 the 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/misrepresentations
  • Realities of queer people of color
  • Intersections of identifying as LGBTQ and living with a disability 
  • Queer Professionalism