All about: Public Policy OUT (PPOUT)

The following is a Q&A with David Allen, president of Public Policy OUT (PPOUT). Information about PPOUT Board Member applications will be given out during PPOUT’s first General Body Meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 5pm.

Tell us about your student group. 

Public Policy OUT (PPOUT) is a joint graduate LGBTQ and ally student organization between MSFS and the McCourt School of Public Policy. PPOUT seeks to provide support and networking opportunities for LGBT graduate students and allies while educating members and the Georgetown Community on both domestic and international policies affecting LGBT rights. PPOUT is open to all graduate students regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

What are some things your group is planning for this year?

Our organization will be hosting several events throughout the year that focus on ally inclusion in the workplace, Transgender rights and health, and future of LGBT advocacy in the aftermath of the summer SCOTUS decision. PPOUT will also continue several of its speaker series including the International LGBT Human Rights Panel series, highlighting current LGBT issues abroad in discriminatory places such as Russia and the MENA region. PPOUT will also foster professional development opportunities through events such as the Annual LGBTQ Networking Dinner, which features a panel of LGBTQ and ally individuals in the field of public policy, as well as several happy hours with LBGT policy groups from neighboring DC universities. 

Students should join if they want to…

  • Plan events exploring issues that affect LGBT rights domestically and internationally;
  • Meet policymakers, legislators, and business leaders that are in the forefront of improving LGBT rights and fostering inclusive dialogues;
  • Meet like-minded students from other Georgetown graduate programs (i.e. MSFS, McCourt, MSB, GU Med School, GU Law School, etc.) and DC policy schools (GWU, UMD, and AU).

Who can come to your events? Are any of your activities members-only?

Any student or faculty member of Georgetown University and the wider DC community can attend our events, regardless of sexual orientation or gender.

How can students join?

Students can join PPOUT by attending our first General Body Meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 5pm in the Old North 3rd Floor conference room. For students that cannot attend the first meeting, simply let us know that you would like to join our PPOUT email listserv by sending a message to the PPOUT President, David Allen, at You can also like our Facebook page to learn more about upcoming events.

Who should students contact if they have any questions?

For more information about the group and our events, please feel free to contact David Allen ( or Tabea Hoefig (

What’s the best way for students to learn about upcoming events? 

The best way to learn about upcoming events is to join our listserv or like our Facebook page. We will also be sending out event invites through the McCourt weekly events newsletter.

And finally, how do you pronounce “PPOUT”?

I pronounce our group’s acronym as “P-pout.”