If you would like to inquire about arranging a speaking engagement for your classroom or organization, please complete our Online Speaker Request Form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/LGBTQ_SB_Request
Note: It is important that we be in direct contact with the teacher/responsible adult who will be present in the classroom at all times during the presentation.
Please do not schedule if there is to be a substitute teacher.
What to Expect
A 1 to 1.5 hour presentation. Two queer speakers are provided. They will:
• Briefly introduce the Speakers Bureau, other resources, and question guidelines.
• Give a brief biography of each speaker to let the audience know who they are and to inspire questions.
• Solicit questions from the audience for the rest of the session. Please prepare your classes and groups to ask questions. This format is very effective and our speakers cover a lot of ground in their answers.
• In the last 10 minutes, the speakers will pass out evaluations to the audience.
We do not have prepared lectures, but some of our speakers may be able to deliver them. Let us know what you require.
We are also delighted to partner with other organizations on panels and other projects.
Our services are free to SFUSD schools. Other businesses, institutions, colleges, universities, and private schools are encouraged (but not required) to contribute an honorarium of $100 to $500, if possible. Checks should be made out to "UCORP/CREGS" with "SF LGBTQ Speakers Bureau" on the memo line, and mailed to Tobie Kaye, CREGS, 835 Market Street, Suite 523, San Francisco, CA 94103. For questions, contact Rich Russo at email@example.com.
We are approved by the San Francisco Unified School District. The presentations are structured to be age-appropriate and operate according to specific SFUSD guidelines. We are approved to speak to elementary school classes from 4th grade up as part of SFUSD’s Health and Family Life Program. Through classroom education, we attempt to prevent hate and intolerance before it has a chance to take root.
Since 1978, the Speakers Bureau has been speaking at elementary, middle, and high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District, at Bay Area colleges and universities, and professional and community groups. By providing students with the opportunity (often their first) to meet and ask questions of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, we allow them to question values, dispel myths, destroy stereotypes, and explore feelings.
We are currently sponsored by the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) and the Youth Program at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.