Greg R. Baird
Greg R. Baird has been a global lecturer, educator, writer, and social activist for 28 years. An engaging speaker with heart and humorous insight, Greg has spoken to audiences on such topics as equal rights, equity, inclusion, acceptance, community, peace, & anti-hate/bullying. An important voice of the LGBTQ+ community, Greg’s lecture is inclusive for all audiences. All of his audiences have commented that they don’t feel talked to during his lecture, but rather engaged and connected. His message offers hope, compassion, and understanding. Greg will leave you motivated to share your story, discover your legacy and be the voice of change in your own community.
As an important voice of the LGBTQ+ and straight Ally community, his lecture is a reminder we all need to respect and educate each other in all communities. He will have your audience laughing, while tugging at their heartstrings, sharing stories from his childhood, parents, college, life experiences and traveling around the country.
His unique storytelling, sensitivity, and passion shine through on how to have a positive influence in your community, embrace equality, and how one person can create a change in their life and the lives of others. His audience will be informed of why it is important to be an active role model and a mentor in our communities.
Greg worked as Executive Producer of a documentary about the gay hate murder of University of Wyoming college student, Matthew Shepard- this is a topic that Greg often speaks about. He also directed and edited his own short memorial film titled, “2:02 AM” about the timeline of the Pulse Nightclub shooting and his personal experience at Pulse on three different visits while filming. The film has been shown across the U.S. during his lecture programs on Erasing Hate and Bigotry.
In the summer of 2018, Greg was the keynote speaker at Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut for their Signature Pride Event. He can be seen in a documentary titled, “Fish Out of Water” that explores what the Bible really says about being LGBTQ. He is acknowledged for his contribution to Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s book on her Guide to College Life. Greg is also mentioned in Liliane Colburn's book; The Green Room; A Mother's Truth.
In January 2020, Greg delivered a keynote address at the Rotary World Peace Conference in Ontario, CA to help create lasting change, acceptance and peace for LGBTQ communities around the world.
Over the last several years, racism, hate, bullying, and anger have spiked in communities across the country. Whether it is swastikas drawn on school walls, chants of “build a wall" at sporting events, or a rise in transphobia and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric. The reporting is clear -- hate is on the rise and we need to all come together for a better tomorrow!
The reality is our communities worldwide must search for an appropriate voice and the courage to decry hate and create healthy community norms and values, which include ways to foster healthy dialogue between community members of conflicting political and social viewpoints.
With our current pandemic, our LGBTQ+ communities have been hit hard during the pandemic and many have experienced a loss of community, connection, and support. My programs will offer our LGBTQ+ communities and allies new ways of connecting, sharing, and facilitating events.
Greg looks forward to sharing his message of Acceptance, Inclusion, and Community for all!