LGBTQ+ Speakers: Advocating for Equality, Inclusion and Empowerment
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What is LGBTQ+ and What Does Its Community Stand For?
The modern concept of LGBTQ+ and the understanding of what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer came into being in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most prominently and famously as a result of the Stonewall riots that took place in New York in 1969. The riots were a series of protests and marches orchestrated by members of the LGBTQ+ community in response to police harassment towards homosexual people, marking a turning point in the fight for gay rights and LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Since then, the LGBTQ+ movement has become increasingly more popular and widely recognised as a crucial part of modern culture. Huge advances in legal protections and associated rights, the rise of LGBTQ+ representation in media and pop culture and the growing power in the LGBTQ+ rights movement across the globe has meant a great deal of progress for LGBTQ+ individuals over the years, yet there is still a long way to go in terms of achieving total global equality and inclusion for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.
What is an LGBTQ+ Speaker?
LGBTQ+ speakers, sometimes referred to as Diversity speakers or Equality and Inclusion speakers in the UK, are typically people who try to motivate and inspire societal change as a means to promote inclusion for people that are underrepresented in modern society, or not at all. LGBTQ+ speakers are often lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or questioning themselves – or share in a lifetime’s experience working to uplift and strengthen the LGBTQ+ message – and use their qualifications, knowledge and expertise to advocate for and raise awareness about gay rights, representation, acceptance and other issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
Inclusivity speakers, gay rights specialists, keynote speakers and LGBTQ+ speakers from Kruger Cowne often share their personal experiences, stories of resilience and strategies for creating diverse and inclusive environments. Through inspirational talks, motivational speeches and informative lectures on LGBTQ+ rights, history, futures, experiences, politics or justice – to name a few – LGBTQ+ speakers inspire audiences to embrace diversity, promote understanding and support the LGBTQ+ community.
What kind of topics do LGBTQ+ speakers cover?
Pride speakers focus on the history and significance of LGBTQ+ accomplishments and the origins of Pride as a celebration and social movement that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community. Pride speakers often discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ visibility and highlight the ongoing challenges and discrimination that the community continues to face. They may also provide insights into the evolution of Pride celebrations over time and stress the importance of LGBTQ+ community spaces and events.
Advocacy and Activism:
LGBTQ+ speakers on advocacy and activism discuss the importance of speaking and acting out in the interests of advancing LGBTQ+ rights, promoting social change and inspiring like-minded individuals and future generations to do the same.
Equality & Social Justice:
Speakers on Equality and Social Justice discuss the ongoing human rights struggle that so many members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to face. They explore the history of gay rights, how they’ve been affected by time, politics and geography and what developing societies can do to increase the reaches of social justice and equality.
Inclusion & Diversity in the Workplace:
LGBTQ+ business speakers address the importance of creating inclusive work environments that support and celebrate diversity. They may offer guidance on implementing inclusive policies, fostering a culture of respect, addressing the potential for unconscious bias and developing a team mentality.
Transgender Rights and Visibility:
LGBTQ+ speakers on transgender rights and trans visibility explore the experiences of transgender individuals, the challenges they face in accessing healthcare, education and employment and how they overcome those problems. They may discuss the importance of representation and visibility for the transgender community, share their own experiences, provide insights into the current state of transgender rights and highlight the need for continued support.
Coming Out talks explore the unique processes of revealing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity to those closest to us, those we work with and people we don’t know. LGBTQ+ motivational speakers may share their own coming out stories, provide tips and advice for those who are considering coming out and discuss the rewards of living openly.
Mental Health & Well-being:
LGBTQ+ speakers on mental health and well-being tend to explore the unique psychological, emotional and oftentimes physical challenges faced by individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. They may offer practical and effective strategies for coping with stress, building self-confidence and seeking real-world support when necessary.
Representation in Media & Culture:
LGBTQ+ Speakers examine the significance of accurate representation of LGBTQ+ individuals and diversity in media, the arts and pop culture. They may discuss the impacts of representation on public perception, as well as the need for increased visibility and authenticity in storytelling.
What are the benefits of hiring an LGBTQ+ keynote or motivational speaker?
The outcomes of any event are dependent on any number of factors but hiring an LGBTQ+ speaker to deliver a motivational talk or an inspirational speech will often lead to increased understanding and empathy amongst the audience, driving home the sense of inclusivity that almost every modern-day human being craves. Exposing the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community faces and bringing them to the forefront of people’s minds, whilst providing solutions and best-case scenarios, inspires change and fosters the development of new and welcoming perspectives that everyone can embrace.
Many of the world’s most accomplished LGBTQ+ speakers have experienced some of life’s biggest wins and its hardest falls, making their stories stand out and their words carry enormous weight. If you’re looking to inspire your team, build inclusivity or experience the true extent of human grit and determination then booking an LGBTQ+ speaker for your next event is a must.
How Do I Find a Great LGBTQ+ Speaker For My Upcoming UK or International Event?
To find the perfect speaker for your next LGBTQ+ event, you’ll need to consider your audience, think about what you want your event to achieve and then decide on your budget. Once you have those in place, reach out to Kruger Cowne and we’ll work with you to explore your best options.
We’ve listed some truly great LGBTQ+ speakers above, but if you’re looking for someone specific or you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help.
We’re available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday and ready to answer any questions you have by phone, email or social DMs.
Why use Kruger Cowne, and why are we different?
Based in the UK, Kruger Cowne have been providing world-class speakers to brands, businesses, conferences and private venues across the world for over 25 years. We’re dedicated to delivering an exceptional experience and pride ourselves on our commitment to connecting our clients with the perfect speaker for their corporate or private events. Along with that experience, Kruger Cowne clients also benefit from:
An Extensive Roster:
We have access to a wide range of LGBTQ+ speakers from various backgrounds and all walks of life, from A-list celebrities and politicians, to professors, influencers and everyone in between. We’ll find the perfect match for your event and offer speakers that meet your objectives and exceed audience expectations.
We prioritize understanding our clients’ unique goals and preferences to ensure the best possible speakers for their events. Our experienced team works closely with clients through the booking process, providing tailored recommendations and support to guarantee a seamless experience throughout the journey from enquiry to delivery.
As an accredited member of the International Association of Speaker Bureaus, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in quality and professionalism. Our speakers are carefully vetted for their expertise, presentation skills and their ability to engage and inspire their audiences. This ensures that our clients and their guests receive not only knowledgeable speakers, but also captivating and impactful presentations to suit.
With a network of speakers from around the world, we cater to clients across a multitude of industries and almost all geographical locations. This international scope allows us to accommodate cultural sensitivities and diverse perspectives, enhancing the relevance and resonance of the messages that our speakers discuss.
Twenty-five years’ experience in the speaking industry has earned us a reputation for reliability, professionalism and excellence. Our clients can trust us to consistently deliver memorable speakers that inspire, educate and empower their audiences.
How much does an LGBTQ+ Speaker cost, and how do I book one?
The cost to have an LGBTQ+ speaker at your event will vary depending on a number of factors, such as the speaker’s experience, the topic in question, the event’s duration, the location, the format of the event and the means of travel. For the most accurate quotes and the easiest way to book a speaker, contact our team and we’ll help you find someone to perfectly match your event requirements.