Working to Eliminate Fear and Bias

At this very moment LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, queer and ally) volunteers may be leaving their jobs or homes for one of hundreds of events where they will have an honest, heart-felt talk with a group of total strangers.

Their experience of overcoming adversity: the joys and the struggles, the fear and the love, the highs and the lows is what makes these panels impactful. This is the Diversity Center's Triangle Speakers Program.

At Triangle Speakers we work to eliminate fear, prejudice, and hatred towards LGBTQ+ people so that a healthy environment exists where all members of our community can thrive and live full and healthy lives.

Hundreds of speakers have shared their incredible human stories of triumph and hope to thousands of people along the Central Coast for over 22 years. This educational speakers’ bureau is one of the most important ways we have been breaking down barriers throughout Santa Cruz County for decades.

It’s just really interesting and amazing to hear personal experiences. My feelings have changed a bit. I now have more respect. It takes courage.
— Middle School Student
I will be able to relate better to my patients who are transgender. I have an understanding about the process and can better relate to these people in a way that is respectful. I plan to edit my patient intake forms to reflect what I learned today. (Gender Identity, preferred pronouns). I will also provide necessary resources to patients now that I know them.
— Dominican Hospital Nurse
This is always my favorite class to teach each year. The conversation is so lively and it opens up such a healthy discussion for my students.
— Cabrillo College Social Science Professor

Interested in hosting a panel?

For years, churches, schools, civic organizations, places of worship, businesses and government agencies, have been regularly hosting Triangle Speakers panels. Whether they feel it’s important to open their hearts and minds to a different perspective on life or whether they are driven to sensitize and educate staff, all find the experience of hosting a panel to be an enriching one. If you’re interested in inviting Triangle Speakers to present a panel or you just want to know more - click here.

Interested In Becoming a Speaker?

If you’re an LGBTQ+ community member or ally and are interested in becoming a Triangle Speaker - click here. Our next training is going to be in the Fall of 2016. We will email you once the date for the weekend day long training has been confirmed. Training is no cost and we will provide breakfast and lunch.

Already a Speaker and Interested In Being On A Panel?

If you’ve completed our Basic Speaker Training and what to sign up for a panel - click here.

The Diversity Center's Triangle Speakers program is possible because of our funders who make our program possible:

The Diversity Center works in collaboration with the SCCOE School Mental Health Partnership and receives funding from The County Of Santa Cruz’s Health Services Agency and the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)


Please contact Lesley-Reid Harrison, Triangle Speakers Coordinator at  (831) 425-5422 x106 or