Registration for 2016 is open!

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OUTstanding 2016 Preliminary Schedule

Here is our preliminary schedule for October 22nd:

8:00-9:00 am: Check-in

9:00-9:10 am: Welcome

9:10-10:00 am: Opening Keynote, Kai Davis

10:10-11:00 am: Workshop Session 1

11:10-12:00 pm: Workshop Session 2

12:10-1:00 pm: Closing Keynote, Kit Yan

A more detailed schedule, with full workshop information, will be released soon. Registration will also be opening this week!

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OUTstanding 2016

We are excited to announce that this year’s OUTstanding Seminar will be held at the University of Tennessee on October 22nd! We will meet in the university’s Panhellenic Building.

This year’s theme is “Let it all OUT: Using vulnerability and expression to build alliances and empower your community.” We hope this year’s seminar will be a time of community building, catharsis, and hope.

In line with this year’s theme, we are so happy to announce two award-winning poets and performers as our keynote speakers.

kai davisKai Davis is a writer and performer from Philadelphia. She is a two time international grand slam champion, winning Brave New Voices in 2011 and The College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016. She has been featured on CNN, PBS, BET, and NPR, and at various colleges and universities. As a queer woman of color, much of Kai’s work addresses gender, race, sexuality, and the many intersections therein.

kit yanKit Yan is a transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii and an award winning slam poet and performer. His work has been featured in Flicker and Spark and Troubling the Line, as well as Vetch, Original Plumbing, and elsewhere. His first full-length solo slam poetry show, Queer Heartache, has toured around the country and was featured in last year’s Chicago Fringe Festival, where it was awarded the spirit of fringe award, artists’ pick award, and audience choice award at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival.

With the seminar just two months away, we will be posting more details soon. We are so excited about seeing you all there!

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Plan Your Day at OUTstanding

We are just two days away from OUTstanding 2015! Here are some reminders and new information to help you plan your conference experience:

  1. Make sure you are REGISTERED! Remember, registration is required this year, and checkin on Saturday will end at 12:30pm, when the final workshop begins. If for some reason you are unable to make it to the conference by 12:30pm, please email us at so we can make special arrangements for you. Checkin on Saturday will begin at 8am.
  2. This year, we will be utilizing the Yapp app throughout our conference. This app will serve as our paperless program and provide our schedule, workshop descriptions, and other pertinent info. Go ahead and download Yapp on your smartphone or tablet, and our event will be viewable on the app this Saturday.
  3. Lunch! On Saturday, our lunch break will be from 11:30-12:30. Free lunch at the KCC is guaranteed  for those attendees who have already registered at the time of this post.
  4. This year, OUTstanding will meet in the Knoxville Convention Center, at 701 Henley Street. Here is a link to DIRECTIONS AND PARKING INFORMATION.
  5. After our keynote address, there will be a book signing with Janet Mock. Only attendees with a copy of Mock’s book, Redefining Realness, will be able to participate in this portion of the event. Please bring your own copy or come prepared to purchase a copy provided by Union Books, who will make a limited number of copies available

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

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OUTstanding 2015 Schedule

This year’s schedule is up! For more information on workshops listed here, please reference our workshop page.

8:00-9:00 am: Registration

9:00-9:15 am: Welcome  

9:30-10:20 am: Workshop Session 1

  • Alexander Khaddouma & Shane Bierma “First Comes Love, Then Comes…Whatever: Skills for building and sustaining happy, romantic relationships” (301A)
  • Jennifer Moralejo &  Sherrie Bruner “Systemic Barriers to Equality for Same Sex Individuals and the Role of Allies in Breaking Down Barriers” (301B)
  • Allison Heming “The Intersection of Identity and Privilege” (301C)

10:30-11:20 am: Workshop Session 2

  • Scott Gillenwaters “Does the Bible Really Say Anything About Homosexuality?” (301A)
  • Robin Lovett “Unapologetically Bisexual: Loving Yourself in a Biphobic World” (301B)
  • Brittany Smith, Erin Bennett, Brittany Wright, & Alissa Reeves  “Out in the Workplace: Career Panel” (301C)

11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch 

(Checkin will officially close at 12:30, when the final workshop begins. No new attendees will be admitted after this point.)

12:30-1:20pm: Workshop Session 3

  • Shane Bierma & Leticia Flores “On Another Planet: Comparing LGBTQ+ Services at UT with the Greater Knoxville Community” (301A)
  • Jennifer Moralejo & Evan Burns “Transgender Individuals and their Families: The Experience of Ambiguous Grief” (301B)
  • David Payne “LGBT Equality in the Workplace” (301C)

1:30-2:30 pm: Moderated Discussion with Janet Mock 

2:30-3:30 pm: Book signing*

*Only attendees who bring or purchase a copy of Redefining Realness will be able to participate in this segment of the conference.

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Ask Janet Your Questions!

During this year’s conference, we will be asking Janet Mock some of your questions. Take a moment to share a couple of your questions with us, and maybe you’ll get a chance to hear Janet answer them during our keynote discussion!


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Two Weeks Out

We can hardly believe that OUTstanding 2015 is just over two weeks away!

Just a friendly reminder: As we are expecting a large number of attendees at this year’s OUTstanding Seminar, we are REQUIRING that you register. Wristbands will be given out at check in to all those who are on our registration list.

So if you haven’t already, REGISTER NOW!!!

Also, now is a great time to sign up for tabling or to volunteer this year. These are great ways to get yourself or your organization involved.

OUTstanding Tabling 2015

OUTstanding Volunteer Sign-up 2015

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