On March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day, PPGC hosted a virtual Storytelling Speakout event. Four participants from our new Speakers Bureau shared their powerful personal stories about abortion, trans care, and more. PPGC’s Speakers Bureau currently consists of 17 members, with four participants also serving as national storytellers for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
At PPGC, we see many people for many reasons. From reproductive health care to education to advocacy, each person has their own journey that brings them to Planned Parenthood – and their own story to tell. Our Speakers Bureau program trains patient advocates to share their experiences of reproductive and sexual health care with a wide range of audiences – including reporters, legislators, supporters, and fellow activists – at legislative forums, rallies, and elsewhere.
For PPGC storyteller Lisa, a survivor of domestic violence, joining the Speakers Bureau was a way to offer hope to others. “Many people are facing a pandemic within a pandemic,” she said. “Intimate partner violence is on the rise, and Planned Parenthood is a vital resource.”
“Planned Parenthood has always been and always will be a safe, secure place for all survivors to receive high-quality, non-judgmental care and answers no matter what their particular situation or challenge may be,” Lisa continued. “People need to hear our stories, and I hope to give a voice to the voiceless who may be struggling in the darkness. Perhaps my story will move you to speak out, or even move you to make a change.”
When you support Planned Parenthood, you are supporting so much more than just health care. You are fostering a life-saving community where all people are welcomed and safe. We couldn’t do this work without you.