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Speaking Engagements

Stuart and John have spoken at numerous venues both in the United States and overseas.  When Stuart and John speak and conduct workshops, they integrate their personal story with substantive information about the social, cultural, and legal importance of the freedom to marry and LGBTQ equality – and do so with a mix of stories from the heart, humor, and analysis.  They are available to speak both together and individually.

What people are saying about Stuart and John’s presentations:

A university professor (2016):

“I can’t thank you enough for the powerful and inspiring talk you gave in class yesterday. I know that the students hung on every word and that you really helped them appreciate the way in which the law can make a difference in peoples’ lives in a whole new way.”

“Somehow, [John & Stuart] manage, in one hour, to seamlessly weave legal history and analysis with their compelling personal stories, and with messages about the role that law can play in the lives of individuals and families, and in promoting (or hindering) social change. Their presentation is riveting; their style engaging. All within an hour, we (the audience) laughed, cried, and emerged with a deeper understanding of the story of marriage equality in the United States—from intellectual and vicarious experiential standpoints.”

“My guess is that their class visit will be one of the experiences students will remember throughout their lifetimes.”

College Students (2016)

John “shared, in my opinion, one of the most inspiring stories I have ever heard because he fought for what he believed in, even when millions of people were against him…[He] “showed that change is possible through participation in government…Lewis was a true leader and role model in the gay community….Even though to society Lewis was “different” he knew and respected the uniqueness of each individual and respected their differences.”

“John Lewis was phenomenal. The fact that his presentation was a personal story made it easier to connect with and understand….John Lewis … is a fighter for human rights.”

High School students (2013):

“Going into the assembly, I had put marriage equality on a back burner. Inside I kept thinking, ‘This is going to take decades to happen!’ But after hearing Stuart and John speak, the fire was rekindled, so to speak, and it really reignited my hope and fervor for the fight for marriage equality.”

“The audience connected with the speakers because their compassion resonated. John
and Stuart showed that as humans we are all entitled to the same rights. “

Read the Head Royce Magazine’s full account of Stuart and John’s presentation at that school’s middle and high schools.

Selected Schools, Conferences and Events where we have spoken or conducted workshops:

Yale University

Stanford University

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University of California, San Francisco

University of California, Santa Barbara

California State University, San Francisco

California State University, East Bay

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Notre Dame de Namur University

University of San Francisco

St. Mary’s College of California

Stanford Law School

University of California Berkeley Law School

University of California Hastings Law School

University of Maryland Law School

University of San Francisco Law School

University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Academy of Art University

Tokyo Gakugei University

Okinawa University

Slovak Queer Film Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia

Partnership Law Japan

Pink Dot Okinawa

Association of Asian American Scholars (Japan)

Association for Asian American Studies Conference (USA)

George Mason Institute of Forensics, George Mason University

THINK Global School

Benicia High School, West Benicia, CA

Whitefish Bay High School, Whitefish, WI

The College Preparatory School, Oakland, CA

Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

Mission High School, San Francisco, CA

Gateway High School, San Francisco, CA

Menlo School, Atherton, CA

Head Royce Middle and High Schools, Oakland, CA

Park Day K-8 School, Oakland, CA

M.H. de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, WA

Council of Georgist Organizations Conference