One of our teachers says:

“I just wanted to send out a giant thank you for last Friday. The event was amazing, and the impact on the kids was much larger than I imagined. All of you were so powerful, and I can’t thank you enough for doing this work. I know you are all volunteers and that you worked especially hard to keep this Speakers Bureau going, so I wanted to tell you that what you are doing is truly making a di erence. So many of my students’ attitudes and mindsets changed as a result of your work.” —Megan Mercurio, teacher at Woodside Learning Center (Juvenile Justice Center)

Our students say:

  • “[This presentation has increased my understanding of LGBTQ people because] I know that LGBTQ people have feelings too, they’re human, they’re the same as straight people… not a lot of teenagers know about LGBTQ. . . . I liked everything—the speakers shared their personal life stories and answered all the questions we asked!!!”
    —16 year-old female Latina student at Lincoln High School
  • “It’s just really informational to see how someone who might seem different really isn’t different at all.”
    —15 year-old Chinese female student at Lowell High School
  • “There are a lot of misconceptions about the LGBTQ community;
    it’s just easier for people to understand when they can ask questions or hear someone face-to-face.”
    —18-year-old Chinese female student at Lowell High School
  • “They totally changed my mind on gay people. I used to be kind of homophobic but now I am more understanding . . . the personal stories really gave me more understanding of how they felt.”
    —17 year-old Asian male student at Lincoln High School

One of our speakers says:

“First, thank you for continuing the speaker’s bureau—as a member of the bureau for the past year and a half, I personally know how im- portant and powerful a panel of queer folks talking about their lives is. I still remember the rst speaker’s bureau panel I saw when I was a scared, lonely 15-year-old lesbian with bad hair—I felt less alone, iso- lated, and afraid. Seeing that there were people like me in the world, and that those people were living happy lives, gave me hope that I could one day have that too. And I am so happy to say that I have that now. I just started law school at Santa Clara and hope what I learn here will give me the tools to use the legal system to help ght injus- tices. Thank you for your incredible work. In solidarity,” —Cola Hess