NBC Universal

On November 14th, 2017, Live Out Loud got an inside look behind the scenes at NBCUniversal! LGBTQ+ and allied students lined the conference room to hear from six amazing out professionals who do all sorts of work at NBCUniversal. Panelists Jordan, Jesse, Abigail, Lucas, Nicholas and Jessica shared openly their experiences with coming out, accepting themselves, and how they’ve seen the world change for LGBTQ+ people throughout their lives. One student reflected that their favorite part of the night was getting to know the panelists–in their words, “I feel close to them.”

After the panel, students teamed up with NBCUniversal employees to develop marketing strategies for their favorite NBCUniversal shows to increase their outreach to LGBTQ+ youth. Students found themes of acceptance and empowerment that resonate with LGBTQ+ youth in series like Harry Potter, and one team of students even proposed a new sitcom and a marketing plan to go with it!


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Our Impact

The inspiring tone of the night was tangible in the room, and left so many students feeling more confident and assured in themselves. Here are just a few of their reflections from the end of the night:

“I learned that I can open up to the people I trust and never give up on who I am.”

“It opened my eyes to show me it gets better.”
“It showed me that being at work and not hiding our LGBTQ+ identity can be wonderful.”
“Yes, because now I’m not scared to come out!”