Whether you’ve never spoken in front of a crowd or
you’ve been on the professional speaking circuit,
SpeakOUT invites you to join our team of volunteer
Our format is simple yet effective: We tell our
stories – speaking only from our own experience, which
no one can refute. In keeping with our motto "Ask Us
Anything," we answer audience questions honestly and
openly. In our 30 years of experience, we have found
that this approach helps put audiences at ease and
helps build greater understanding about LGBTQIA*
lives and issues.
We almost never send a speaker out alone. Our speakers
generally conduct speaking engagements in groups of 2
or more – ideally with a mix of genders, sexual
orientations and/or gender identities.
Engagement sponsors work with SpeakOUT staff in
advance to help inform speakers about the size, age
range and relevant background of the audience, the
purpose of the engagement, and any particular topics
that the sponsor would or would not like addressed.
Everyone interested in becoming a volunteer speaker
must follow the same training procedure:
in our award-winning speaker
training. The training includes opportunities
for speakers to practice crafting their stories and
answering questions in small groups, with feedback
from other trainees and from veteran SpeakOut members.
2-3 actual SpeakOUT engagements. There is no better
way to prepare than to see our volunteers in action
with live audiences.
the SpeakOUT staff determine that you are ready to
speak, you may sign up for an upcoming engagement and
be paired with a veteran speaker.
Novice and veteran speakers alike may strengthen their
skills and receive valuable feedback from other
speakers by attending a "Telling Our Stories"
workshop. These informal sessions may offer advanced
training on a particular topic or may be open-ended
for participants to share concerns or strategies of
their own. For a schedule of upcoming "Telling Our
Stories" workshops, visit the News &