Career Mixer

We are happy to share that the Center for Career Development and All Out Knoxville are hosting an LGBT+ Career Networking Mixer immediately following the OUTstanding Conference.  Join us for heavy appetizers, fun giveaways, and the opportunity to network with several local and national companies!

Saturday, October 22nd
Toyota Auditorium
Howard Baker Center
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Schedule for OUTstanding 2016

Here is our seminar schedule again. This time, we have included more information on our breakout sessions. Further information on each of these sessions can be found under our “Events” tab.

8:15-9:00 am: Check-in

9:00-9:10 am: Welcome  

9:10-10:00 am: Keynote Performance with Kai Davis

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

  • Epistemic Injustice and the Imperative of (LGBT+) Inclusion in Higher Education Alex Richardson & Elizabeth Williams
  • How to Find a LGBT+ Friendly Employer Tatiana Leavitt
  • Evaluating the Needs of the Pride Center to Encourage a Caring Campus Climate Kevin Kidder & Sondra LoRe

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

  • State of the state re: LGBTQ+ issues and accessing culturally competent health care in a hostile political environment Leticia Y. Flores, Shane Bierma, & Maggie Farley
  • Hear Me OUT: The Necessity of Safe Spaces for Communication and Dialogue Marlon Johnson, Logan Mahan, & Nancy Thacker
  • Examining the Critical Intersectionality of Racism, Heterosexism, and Homophobia in Academia: A Queer-Crit Perspective of Anti-Bullyism to Promote Social Justice for Queer People of Color in Higher Education Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D.

12:10-1:00 pm: Keynote Performance with Kit Yan

** Following the seminar, there will be a LGBT+ Career Networking Mixer. This will be held from 1:30-3:30 at UT’s Howard Baker Center. Join us for heavy appetizers, fun giveaways, and the opportunity to network with several local and national companies.


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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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