What people are saying about Greg's lecture !

Greg R. Baird


National Lecturer on LGBTQ Civil Rights & Equality 
  • "Greg was outstanding with my eleventh graders in our civic engagement program. He got these kids wondering, questioning, and thinking about what they can do to stop the hate, educate the bystander, and to embrace the horrific consequences of hate crimes. Greg has a natural ability to connect with these kids and He left us in tears, smiling, and hopeful that he is here to be an agent of change with his work surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion."

                                                                                   - Andy J. Bigelow
                                                                             History Department Chair 
                                                                              Francis W. Parker School
                                                                                         Chicago, IL


  • Greg was a pleasure to have on our campus. His message was very inclusive and applicable to people in all walks of life. I also appreciate that Greg made himself available outside of his presentation to meet and talk on a personal level with our students and staff. Thank you!  

 - Taylor Osmotherly
Associate Director 
Residence Life

  Chadron State College


  •  It was a great pleasure to spend time with Greg at our university.   His presentation was inspiring and extremely relevant for our students, faculty, and staff. His love and respect for others were truly evident in his talk, but also in his interactions with attendees before and after the event. Our Lambda Gay-Straight alliance student group especially enjoyed his presentation and the time they spent with him afterward. We need more people like Greg in this world who are passionate about the equality and civil rights of all people and who are not afraid to speak their truth and encourage others to do the same.


- Elizabeth Honeycutt, M.A.

Administrative Associate, Counseling, and Psychology
Tennessee Tech University



  • Greg’s presentation on “Disarming Hate & Bigotry” was filled with stories that educate, inform and inspire.  His talk was personal and heartwarming.  We all laughed, some cried but we were all inspired.  I was personally moved by his short memorial film titled “2:02 am,” about the horrific Pulse Night Club shootings.  His film captures some of the news coverage from the shooting along with images from his visit to the site.  Beautifully done.                             Greg’s messages of hope and positivity will lead to a better world.  Thank you, Greg.  


- Steven Solomon

Senior Annual Giving Officer with the Rotary Foundation

Evanston, IL



  • Greg was an amazing storyteller. It’s so important to revisit our painful history while also focusing on how to create more inclusive environments and disrupt the cycle of bigotry. Quite moving!


- Orson Morrison, Owner/Psychologist

LifeSpan Counseling and Psychological Services, LLP, Oak Park, IL



  • On behalf of the Aetna team, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you again for making the trip to Hartford to share your program and incredibly powerful video on Wednesday at headquarters. I know you’ve had several people reach out to connect on social media and at the same time, we’ve received many messages from colleagues near and far expressing gratitude for bringing such an inspirational speaker to Aetna for our signature series. Keep doing what you’re doing—it’s certainly making a difference in the lives of many.   


- Michael Furstenberg, Vice Chair
Angle, Aetna’s Network for LGBT and Ally Employees


 

  • Greg’s approach was unbiased and unambiguous. Our community came together: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Allies to learn how to “Disarm Hate and Bigotry” in and around our communities. 
    The audience was engaged and witnessed how other minorities face discrimination, on what seems to be a daily basis. He included a comprehensive history of how sexual orientation and gender identity fit into a complex social structure.  The capstone of the evening was Greg’s documentary of the Orlando Massacre at Pulse Night Club, titled “2:02 AM,” to show why action over inaction needs to prevail. 

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- Shawn M Williams, President 

Lee County LGBTQA Democratic Caucus,  Ft. Myers, FL



  • Greg is a very passionate, engaging speaker. This presentation was educational, interesting, and inspiring.  I saw some things I wasn’t aware of—things that were eye-opening and have inspired me to do more.  This was an excellent presentation and his short memorial film, "2:02 AM" about the Pulse Nightclub shooting was beautifully done.               It teaches all of us to never forget and learn from our history so it never happens again.


- Student audience member

West Virginia University - Parkersburg, Parkersburg, WV

 


  • Greg Baird has a valuable message with practical advice on how to interact on social media in a positive manner and to become an active participant in improving climate as opposed to being a passive bystander.  The Pulse Nightclub film had a tangible effect on the audience; parents, staff, and students alike.  You could see everyone put themselves in the shoes of a mother, victim, witness, or friend connected with that tragedy, and the true resonance in the audience that something has to be done to prevent similar actions from ever repeating.


- Mandy R. Stewart, Ph.D.
Principal- Petoskey High School



  • Greg Baird is an extraordinarily dynamic speaker who engages audiences on a variety of urgent LGBTQ issues including bullying, the importance of sports inclusion, and the impact of mentorship for students. Greg was our keynote speaker at the Learn, Play, Be: Symposium on K12 Sports Inclusion and Bullying at Eastern Michigan University in March of 2015. His address should be heard by every teacher, as it is extremely important to be educated about vulnerable populations. He is professional, dependable and absolutely flexible.  He is a must-have for your school.

- Nina Brennan
Associate Director
Equality Research Center
Eastern Michigan University



  • Greg's lecture helped reveal to me some of the struggles that adolescents and college students face in America, whether they are different because of whom they choose to love, the friends they choose to have, the subjects they study, or the way they look.  Even though I too have experienced the effects of prejudice in my life, I have found it is easy to become complacent in my worldview and to gloss over prejudice that affects other human beings daily.  Greg's presentation reminded me that it is important to remember the stories of our friends, of ourselves, and of others who have experienced similar hatred and rejection and to remember that hatred, and to combat it with love for ourselves and for those around us, regardless of their color, creed, national origin or sexual orientation.

- Lillian Tourney

Grants Division

Rotary Foundation

Rotary International

Evanston, IL



  • Greg Baird's presentation provided our students with a compassionate and realistic perspective of how stereotypes, bullying and hate crimes impact the victim, the community and the perpetrators of these acts.  Greg provided insight in we can each do our part to build community and safe spaces for each of us to be who we are.  He was generous and very engaging with our students, who didn't want the presentation to end.  Our campus would definitely have Greg Baird back and plan for him to stay longer with our students next time.  Thanks, Greg for a great presentation!

                                                                             - Chesay Colson

Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Moorhead, MN



  • This was an informational event along with being emotional for most of the audience members.  We had the AfterMatt program along with the wonderful film, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine and it was awesome.  Mr. Baird did an excellent job not only providing information but also relating his experience to the topic.


- Christopher Wicker

Student Senate

North Central Michigan College



We attended Greg's lecture in our small, rural Northern Michigan town of Cadillac, Michigan.  We were so grateful Greg came up to share his view on diversity, acceptance, and love for all.  We found Greg's lecture to be deeply moving and conscious building.  There were laughs, tears and thoughts provoking conversation after.  Because it was the 15th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's passing and close to five years since we lost our son to peer abuse driven suicide, we are acutely aware of the need for compassion and kindness in this world.  Greg's gifts include being able to share his experiences, relate well to others and facilitate meaningful dialogue for moving forward in this world.  We are grateful and thankful to see Greg's lecture and to now call him a friend.  We would recommend that you bring him to your community.


    - Pk and Tom Harrison, parents of Alex C. Thomas Harrison (12/15/1992-2/7/2009)

    See it, Hear it, STOP IT!

    seeithearitstopit.org



    • The Athletics Director said you were "Great", and all the feedback on your lecture was positive.  I thought it was an energetic address on bullying, diversity, the LGBTQ community, and acceptance based on both your experience and research.  It not only held the attention of a diverse audience but more importantly educated our students and student-athletes alike.  I thought it was well worth the legwork, which you and Bass-Schuler Entertainment made extremely easy through consistent, open communication.  I'd recommend Greg Baird to any student affairs practitioners looking to educate on the topics of anti-bullying and LGBTQ awareness.


    - Ryan McCarthy

    Sports Information Director

    Lesley University



    • Greg's lecture last night was extraordinary! The message that Greg delivered was poignant and timely in light of the recent bullying events across our nation.  Greg was engaging through telling his story and connecting to the audience, finding time to connect to the students and community members, both gay and straight.  Greg's delivery of the lecture was more a conversation amongst friends than an authoritative approach.  We had nearly 200 people in attendance with a great mix of students, staff/faculty, and community.


    - Scott Powell

    Director of Student Activities and Campus Housing

    Northern Central Michigan College, Petoskey, MI



    • Over the years, we have hosted several LGBT speakers here in Laramie, but Greg certainly stands out from the crowd.  His story-telling presentation style was quite refreshing, and kept the audience interested.  It felt like a conversation instead of a lecture, making many feel more welcome and willing to interact with Greg.  He blended together powerful stories of his own experience with current facts, legislation and politics.  He is informative, touching and approachable.  He is engaging and dynamic, using multimedia to enliven his presentation.  Above all, Greg is unflinchingly human, and this comes across so clearly as he speaks.  He doesn't talk to the audience, he talks with them.

    - Jim Osborn

    Assistant to the Associate VP for Diversity

    University of Wyoming.



    • Greg Baird was a dynamic speaker that engaged our students on campus.  While discussing & celebrating diversity, acceptance and community, Greg told personal stories with a touch of comedic humor that our students definitely could relate to.  He shared his experiences and students briefly had a chance to walk in his shoes.  Students understood that change comes from speaking up and not keeping quiet about the injustices that occur.


    - Isaiah Collier
    Assistant Director
    Multicultural Student Services
    Bradley University