speakout logoTalking about LGBTQ topics in your class?

Want to learn more about LGBTQ people and their experiences?

Looking for a program to bring to your Residence Hall?

Request a SpeakOUT Stony Brook Panel!

What is SpeakOUT Stony Brook?
SpeakOUT Stony Brook is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGTBQ) speaker’s bureau that offers panel presentations to interested instructors, RAs, clubs, and organizations. The panel typically consists of 4-6 students and one facilitator. During the panel each panelist will share a brief vignette of their experience as an LGBTQ identified person. After each panelist has the opportunity to share their story, the floor is opened to any questions the audience may have about the panelists or LGBTQ topics in general.  

Why do we need something like this?
There are some people in our community who know LGBTQ –identified people but find it difficult to ask questions about someone’s identity because they don’t want to offend anyone. There are also some people in our community who don’t know any self-identified LGBTQ people and have never had the opportunity to think about how experiences may be similar and they ways in which they are different. In both of these instances, the SpeakOUT Stony Brook panel gives audiences the opportunity to have these conversations in a safe, open and honest atmosphere.

How does this help improve campus climate for the LGBTQ community?
People tend to fear what they do not understand and an introduction to real people and their stories can be crucial to helping bridge the knowledge gap that contributes to homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism.  SpeakOUT Stony Brook can serve as a tool in building these bridges and leading to an inclusive, affirming campus community.

Where can I request a SpeakOUT Stony Brook Panel for my class/residence hall/organization?
Follow this link to fill out an interest form.

Who can I contact for more information about SpeakOUT Stony Brook?
You can contact Chris Tanaka, the Coordinator of LGBTQ Services at the Center for Prevention and Outreach via email chris.tanaka@stonybrook.edu or phone 631-632-2941 or Sasha Rodriguez, co-coordinator of SpeakOUT Stony Brook at sasha.rodriguez@stonybrook.edu.