Rainbow Toastmasters meetings have a different theme every week, but Rainbow also hosts special meeting nights, where we celebrate and speak on the unique aspects of the LGBT community. Recurring events include Women’s Night, XXX Night, and Open House events. Check this page regularly to see what’s coming up! If you have any questions about any of our events, please feel free to contact us.
Annual Rainbow Toastmasters Events:
- Flirt Fest
- International Women’s Day
- Open House
- Speech Contests – Table Topics and International
- Speech Contests – Evaluators and Humorous
- XXX Night
- The Rainbow Awards
|International Women’s Day
Thursday, March 8, 2018
International Women’s Day falls on March 8 each year, and Rainbow Toastmasters celebrates it on the closest meeting day. Women in the club are especially encouraged to fill each speaking and meeting role on Women’s Day as we voice our respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements and beyond.
More information about International Women’s Day:
Table Topics and International
February 2018 (exact date TBD)
Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Competition begins with club contests, and winners continue competing through the area, division and district levels. Rainbow Toastmasters holds two Speech Contest events each year. The first is often held in February, and features the International speech category and the Table Topics category. For the International speech, contestants present a five- to seven-minute speech on any subject they choose. For Table Topics, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair. All members who are current and active are invited to participate.
More information at Toastmasters.org
Evaluators and Humorous
August 2017 (exact date TBD)
Speech contests continue with our Evaluator and Humorous Speech competitions, typically in August. For Evaluators, contestants observe a five- to seven-minute test speech and then present a two- to three-minute evaluation of the test speech. In the Humorous Speech category, contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners). All members who are current and active are invited to participate.
More information at Toastmasters.org
October 2017 (exact date TBD)
Public speaking isn’t always a formal affair. It can often take place in a casual setting like a birthday dinner or a private party—anywhere you might be called on to showcase your casual (or intimate) side. For this reason, Rainbow Toastmasters is happy to host its annual “XXX Night”!
THE SPIRIT OF XXX NIGHT
XXX Night is a playful, creative, and sex-positive event, where members speak on topics too scandalous or salacious for a regular meeting (or for any other Toastmasters club). Attendees are encouraged to dress in sexy attire, and meeting roles are performed with a non-traditional, naughty twist (for example, the Grammarian may choose a “four-letter” word of the day).
LGBT communities have long fought for civil rights but we also to need to continue to celebrate our sexuality. For decades, society has deemed queer sexualities to be sinister, sick, abusive and/or shameful. XXX Night is about celebrating our desires and turn-ons. It’s also also a chance to use language we wouldn’t normally use in our speeches.
XXX Night began in 2009, and was originally called “R-rated night”. A particularly vivid speech inspired the name change to XXX Night for 2010. In 2011 Kristy and Michael tied in a celebration of leather week and the Folsom Street Fair.
Partial nudity is acceptable, but please keep the privates covered. If you’re planning to speak on XXX Night and can say “yes” to the following 3 questions, then you’re good to go:
|The Rainbow Awards (Bi-Annual)
March and September (exact dates TBD)
Every March and September, Rainbow Toastmasters reflects on the previous 6 months to celebrate our personal victories as speakers and leaders, and to put a few members on pedestals for their outstanding contributions to the club. Prizes include: Most Inspiring Member, Most Improved, Most Roles Taken, and more. We all come to Rainbow to better ourselves and overcome our personal obstacles, and the Rainbow Awards are given as a way to recognize and celebrate our accomplishments.