SpeakOUT! Panel Program

SpeakOUT! is a panel discussion program designed to increase awareness about the diversity of different sexual orientations and gender identities through peer contact and conversation with audience members. Panelists are lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, asexual, and genderqueer volunteers who share their coming out stories and lived experiences. The panels provide audience members to interact with panelists through a question-and-answer style discussion following their stories. Panelists meet regularly to foster a community of support, friendship, and continuing education. Training for new panelists is held each fall and spring semester. 

Attending and participating in a panel can count for WMU Signature credit and academic credit (when applicable). 

  • Become a Panelist

    Join WMU's largest LGBTQIA+ program to share your story to make a difference on campus. Sharing our stories as LBGTQIA+ people can help build connections, break down stereotypes and make a difference in our community. Join us for an engaging and thoughtful training as our facilitators help us learn to share our stories with impact. During the training you'll also get a chance to meet new and experienced panelists who are also looking to make a difference at WMU. 

    All LBGTQIA+ persons including community members, students, faculty and staff are encouraged and welcome to serve as panelists and participate in our panelist training! To sign up for an individual training and/or to speak on a panel, email Program Assistant Makenzie Marts.