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SpeakOUT’s Board Readying for New Directions

Are you looking for a way to give back to the LGBTQ community?

There is something very exciting about reaching a crossroads and figuring out what your next direction will be. Exciting and challenging. SpeakOUT is at such a crossroads and we are currently looking for board members who are interested in volunteering their time to plan the future of one of Boston’s oldest LGBTQ organizations! Please pass this information along to others who you think would be interested in making a difference for LGBTQ lives.

SpeakOUT is the oldest LGBTQ speakers bureau in the nation, established in 1972. We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. We train members of the LGBTQ and allies community to tell their personal stories as a form of activism to audiences in schools, colleges, churches, synagogues, service organizations, businesses, and government. Our mission is to work to create a world free of homo-bi-trans-phobia and other forms of discrimination.

Responsibilities of board members:

  • Attend board and committee meetings and functions, such as SpeakOUTings.
  • Serve on committees or task forces and offers to take on special projects.
  • Understand the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs, and inform others about the organization.
  • Actively recruit, orient, and train new members.
  • Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and fulfillment of contractual obligations.
  • Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives.

Ways you can contribute to the board:

  • Fundraising and development knowledge
  • Networking within the LGBTQ community
  • Organizational development
  • Event planning
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Public speaking and/or training ability

How to Apply:

If you are interested in learning more about board service, please contact Ellyn Ruthstrom, Executive Director at or call 877-223-9390. Please supply a resume and references.

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