Jared Sampson

Jared Sampson brings meaningful and impactful conversations about authenticity, sexuality, masculinity, and life as a gay, black, man.


▪Diversity ▪Fraternity & Sorority Life ▪Leadership ▪LGBTQ+ Issues ▪Masculinity


▪I AM…
▪Sexuality and Masculinity are not the same
▪The Struggle is Real: “Black” and “Gay”

Jared’s Bio

Jared Sampson has lived in New Orleans for the last 20 years. He often says living in such a unique place has shaped who he is today. He can be seen on the BRAVO TV show Southern Charm New Orleans. As a cast member, he realized he had an opportunity and responsibility to bring meaningful and impactful conversations to the show; one of those conversations dealt with sexuality, masculinity, and his feelings as a gay black MAN. Jared is an accomplished businessman turned entrepreneur and professor.

In 2018, Jared was the recipient of the Human Rights Campaign “Equality Award” in New Orleans. He has a Bachelors in Communication from UNO and a MBA from American Intercontinental University. He has worked for Radio Disney, Feld Entertainment and the New Orleans Saints. Currently Jared runs two small businesses, teaches Marketing & Business courses and works as a licensed Realtor.

Jared’s Blogs

The following are past entries Jared has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog




We are living in a time where it is easy to get caught up in so much that can cause us to lose ourselves. It seems we filter everything in our lives to fit what is popular, on trend, etc. We compare our lives to that of others based on what they are sharing on social media, where they work, etc. We also have to live up to the expectations of family members and there can be a lot of pressure to achieve what others have in mind for our lives. We have to be so many things to so many people and it is easy to lose sight of self.

If we are not careful, one day we may not even know who we are anymore or may end up living a life that is not true to ourselves. If we constantly ignore our inner voice and do things that project a certain image or satisfies the desires of others, we may not be the most authentic version of ourselves. Ways to recognize when someone is not being authentic. At some point in time we will we have to present our most authentic self and declare I AM…

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • what it mean to be authentic,
  • how to self identify who they are and the importance of being an individual,
  • the qualities that are essential to being authentic, and
  • the ways to recognize when someone is not being authentic.
The Struggle is Real: “Black” and “Gay”

Intersectionality is a term that we are hearing a lot as of late. It is the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. It should be clear that there are struggles that people face simply because of the “social” categories that they belong to. It should come as no surprise that the struggle is real for individuals who are black and gay. This is not just a tagline or a catch phrase, it is something that is unfortunately a documented fact. The Human Rights Campaign may have put it best when they stated, “intersectionality is more than a buzzword, it is a real word that has actual meaning and failing to understand it will undoubtedly lead to consequences that negatively affect marginalized communities.” LGBTQ people of color face discrimination within both the black and gay communities. If that is not troubling enough, black transgender women face the highest levels of fatal violence, black gay and bisexual men are among the communities most affected by HIV and at times this community at large has fewer educational opportunities. Those are just three examples of the issues that make the struggle real, but not impossible to overcome.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the definition of intersectionality.,
  • the issues that impact gay people of color,
  • how they can make a difference in the fight for equality
  • what equality means to those who face discrimination based on multiple factors,
  • how to create a more inclusive campus, organization, and.
  • the impact that intersectionality has on people when they have to overcome multiple forms of
Sexuality and Masculinity are not the same

There is a difference between sexuality and masculinity, however society often emasculates men who do not identify as straight or who do not display hyper masculine behavior. There are far too many toxic ideas around masculinity and sexual orientation. At a young age we are told that there are things that makes a man a man. Much of what we are taught about masculinity is actually very damaging and often times adds to the issues men face when they identify as homosexual. That can be even more complex in communities of color as well.

While change is occurring, there is still room for improvement in this space. Far too often people are bullied or worst because of their sexual orientation, with their manhood called into question. Because much of the negativity is learned behavior, children are facing issues that their minds cannot fully comprehend and that has troubling outcomes as these children grow into adulthood.

As it relates to sexual orientation, oftentimes there is an attack on one’s manhood when discussing sexual orientation. Because there are a lot of ill-informed individuals, it makes it hard for many men to live their truth and open up about their sexuality. A lot of men live on the down low to protect their masculinity.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to challenge their own thinking when it comes to ideals around manliness,
  • how to identify the way in which society places unhealthy restrictions on men, real men do not show emotions, do not do certain things, do not dress a certain way, etc.,
  • how to address issues that arise from toxic masculinity, and
  • how to identify the difference between sexuality and masculinity.