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. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS ::

Every year, our volunteers conduct informal, interactive speaking engagements in hundreds of settings, including high schools, colleges, businesses, government agencies, churches, synagogues, youth groups, and community service organizations of all kinds. We have speakers who represent diverse identities of the LGBTQIA
* community and we can tailor your engagement to focus on sexual orientation, the coming out experience, transgender issues, bisexual identity, LGBTQIA parents or other special topics.

We generally speak in pairs but also offer panel presentations. We begin by talking for a few minutes about our own lives – our experiences of prejudice, as well as how we’ve grown to understand, accept, and take pride in our sexual or gender identities. We talk about how we’ve "come out" to our families, friends, and coworkers; how we’ve faced discrimination; how we’ve fallen in love and raised families; how we’ve worked and lived our lives.

In keeping with our motto of "Ask Us Anything," we encourage audience questions. Our speakers are trained to solicit questions and respond to comments. We listen for underlying myths and help audiences feel at ease raising difficult issues. Sometimes we will offer simple workshop exercises to increase understanding.

SpeakOUT asks engagement sponsors to pay an honorarium to help defray the operational costs associated with outreach, training and scheduling of speakers. Suggested fees are based on a sliding scale. No engagement will be turned down because a sponsor is unable to pay.

To request a speaking engagement, call 877.223.9390 or click here.

See below to view a sample of a speaking engagement that SpeakOUT did at Lexington High School in the fall of 2014.

 

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 *LGBTQIA = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer & Questioning, Intersex, Asexual & Allies