Pride Month

Inspired by recommendations from the LGBT+ Coaches’ Caucus, we have created a series of classroom and tournament resources to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. We invite you to commemorate the month in your school or community with our special posters featuring speech and debate coaches and alumni! In addition, you’ll find a literature collection featuring LGBT+ stories and recommended texts for historical context to enhance your next practice, classroom, or tournament experience during June and beyond. Get started below!
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Poster Series

Click each image below to view individual posters, or download the complete set.
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Celebrate Pride Month Posters!
BECAUSE OF THIS ACTIVITY, I AM NOT ALONE AND I AM NOT AFRAID. - Kyle Akerman
Kyle Akerman
NEVER GIVE UP. IF IT’S WHAT YOU’RE MEANT TO DO, THEN IT WILL HAPPEN. - Chris Colfer
Chris Colfer
DEBATE GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO NOT ONLY EMBRACE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES I CARED ABOUT, BUT ALSO INTRODUCED ME INTO A COMMUNITY OF LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS WHO GAVE ME SUPPORT I NEVER KNEW COULD EXIST. - Kenny Delph
Kenny Delph
SPEECH AND DEBATE ALLOWED ME TO BE UNAPOLOGETICALLY MYSELF. IMMEDIATELY, I WAS WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS AND OFFERED A SECOND FAMILY: ONE THAT PULLED ME OUT OF THE DARK AND INTO THE LIGHT. - Joele Miguel Denis
Joele Miguel Denis
I AM HAPPY THE NSDA TAKES PRIDE IN WELCOMING AND SUPPORTING ALL THOSE WHO SEEK TO LIVE AND ARTICULATE THEIR TRUTH. OUR DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH. - Mario Herrera
Mario Herrera
AS A STUDENT, SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME THAT WHAT MADE ME DIFFERENT, MADE ME SPECIAL. AS A COACH, I GET TO HELP MY STUDENTS FIND THE JOY THAT COMES WITH BEING THEIR AUTHENTIC SELF. THERE IS NO GREATER GIFT. - Daniel Hodges
Daniel Hodges
SPEECH WAS A CONSTANT REMINDER THAT I AM NOT HERE TO SPEAK FOR MYSELF, BUT FOR EVERYONE IN MY COMMUNITY WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. - Lily Indie
Lily Indie
IF SPEECH AND DEBATE HADN’T OPENED DOORS FOR US, PERSONALLY, EDUCATIONALLY, AND PROFESSIONALLY, WE NEVER WOULD HAVE MET, MUCH LESS MARRIED. FORENSIC ACTIVITIES GAVE US THE CONFIDENCE TO LIVE OUR AUTHENTIC IDENTITIES AND HELP EMPOWER OTHERS AS THEY FOLLOW IN SIMILAR JOURNEYS. - Adam J. Jacobi and J. Scott Baker
Adam J. Jacobi and J. Scott Baker
DEBATE CHALLENGED ME TO NOT JUST ACKNOWLEDGE PARTS OF MY GENDER AND SEXUALITY I HAD SUPPRESSED, BUT AFFIRMATIVELY EXPLORE WHAT MY IDENTITY AS A QUEER BLACK WOMAN WAS. - Brooke Kimbrough
Brooke Kimbrough
MY FRIENDS AND COACHES IN SPEECH AND DEBATE ENABLED ME TO EMBRACE MY TRANS IDENTITY AND HELPED ME FIND MY VOICE. NOW, I WORK TO EMPOWER AND LISTEN TO OTHERS WHOSE VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD. - Jessica Kurr
Jessica Kurr
WE CAN BOTTLE UP OUR IDENTITIES, DISTANCE OURSELVES FROM OUR DIFFERENCES, AND SUPPRESS OUR FEELINGS. OR, WE CAN FIND A PLATFORM TO PASSIONATELY PUSH PAST OUR BOUNDARIES AND COME TO CELEBRATE WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL. SPEECH AND DEBATE PROVIDES THAT EMPOWERING ENVIRONMENT. - Iain Gabriel Lampert
Iain Gabriel Lampert
SPEECH AND DEBATE WAS THE FIRST COMMUNITY WHO LOVED ME FOR WHO I WAS. INSTEAD OF FEELING SHAME, I FOUND SUPPORT AND LOVE IN BEING HONEST IN WHO I AM. - Crawford Leavoy
Crawford Leavoy
SPEECH AND DEBATE HAS PROVIDED ME WITH AN AVENUE TO HELP MY LGBTQ+ STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THAT NO MATTER THEIR SEXUALITY OR GENDER, THEIR VOICE MATTERS. - Chris Machado
Chris Machado
AT A TIME WHEN I WAS AFRAID TO SPEAK UP, DEBATE TAUGHT ME HOW TO USE MY VOICE TO FIGHT FOR A BETTER WORLD. - Carlos Maza
Carlos Maza
DARTMOUTH DEBATE COACH KEN STRANGE TAUGHT ME TO THINK WITH INTELLECTUAL RIGOR. WITH IT, I FOUND EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS; RECOGNIZED THE NEED TO TRANSITION TO PRESENT AUTHENTICALLY; AND DISCOVERED HAPPINESS AND PRIDE. - Grace Mead
Grace Mead
DEBATE TAUGHT ME HOW TO TAKE MY IDEAS, RESEARCH THEM, AND TURN THEM INTO STORIES OTHERS BELIEVE IN. I AM THE BEST ME POSSIBLE BECAUSE DEBATE GAVE ME SKILLS I’VE USED EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE. - John Tao
John Tao
SPEECH AND DEBATE WAS A TRANSFORMATIVE SPACE WHERE I WAS ACCEPTED AUTHENTICALLY. I WAS CHALLENGED TO WORK CRITICALLY, DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS, AND CREATE LASTING MEMORIES WITH LIFELONG FRIENDS. - Rowen Thomas
Rowen Thomas
SPEECH AND DEBATE HELPED ME FOCUS MY SKILLS TOWARD MY PASSION OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND POLITICS. IT ENHANCED MY VOICE AND RAISED MY SELF-ESTEEM TO WHERE I AM TODAY. - Chris Walton
Chris Walton

NSDA Poster Template

You can make your own posters featuring current students, coaches, or alumni from your program! Download the template below and follow the instructions to start creating.

This resource is provided under the framework of our Honor Society. We ask that you please feature individuals who live by our Code of Honor.

Literature Collection

Pride Month Literature Collection
We invite you to explore our literature collection featuring LGBT+ stories and recommended texts for historical context.

Additional Resources

We’re constantly striving to make speech and debate a more inclusive activity. You can download our free resources below to help make your team and your tournaments a safe and welcoming space for all. Thank you to our members of the LGBT+ Coaches’ Caucus and other community members for significant contributions in developing these materials, with special thanks to Jessica Kurr, Crawford Leavoy, and E. Cram. This Rostrum article provides an overview of the guides available on our website. Visit our Resources page and use the “inclusion” filter to the left of the screen to find related items.
Crawford Leavoy, Director of Speech and Debate at Durham Academy and Moderator of the 2017 NSDA LGBT+ Coaches’ Caucus, and Kiran Sundar, student at Durham Academy, discuss gender identity and inclusion in speech and debate in the following webinar recording.

We believe educators featuring topics, themes, and issues that impact an assortment of peoples and our society at large can create more informed global citizens and a space where students feel heard, welcomed, and encouraged to learn. Visit our Diversity and Inclusion page for specific competitive resources to diversify the subject matter at your tournament, classroom, or practice.

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