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Lobby Day 2015

Join Us on Thursday, April 30

We're Here. We're Queer. And this is our day to share our stories with legislators. Let's talk about the intersections of LGBTQ equity, racial justice and economic justice. Let's talk about issues that matter to us and speak out against legislation that discriminates against LGBTQ people.

We are excited to announce that our guest speaker at the LGBTQ Lobby Day Rally, Thursday, April 30 will be Kye Allums. They are a 25-year-old, queer fluid, trans artist and athlete. In 2011, Kye graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from The George Washington University (GW). During Kye’s time at GW, they also played Division I basketball for the women’s team. In 2010, Kye publicly came out and became the first Division I openly transgender athlete in NCAA history. Today, Kye continues to focus on LGBTQ activism through art, and athletics.

Kye is a proud member of the Brown Boi Project; they are on the All Star board for Go! Athletes, and also on this year’s 100 to watch list for the National Black Justice Coalition.

 

Kye Allums

Show Up & Make Your Voice Heard! Together, we are building our community and strengthening our intersectional movements for social change.

  • 9am -11am: Attend workshops at our Lobby Day Institute, which is being held at Education Minnesota (located right behind the Capitol). Lobby Day Institute - Workshops from 9am until 11am
  • 11am: In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, OutFront will hold a gathering for supporters on the Capitol steps to deliver stories and demands to legislative leaders from people living at the intersections of racism and transphobia.
  • 12 noon: Music - Rally - Food Trucks - LGBTQ & Progressive Organizations! Guest speaker Kye Allums.
  • 1:30-4:30pm: Meet your legislators

Invite your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and members of your faith community.

Lobby Day Institute - Workshops from 9am until Noon at Education Minnesota (located right behind the Capitol)

9am -9:50am : School Push-Out: From Sitting Alone at Lunch to Being Expelled
This workshop, for youth, organizers and supporters of safe schools, will explore the intersections of queerphobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, mental health and autism. Students and educators will share personal stories about how these issues impact school climate and student achievement. Discussion will also focus on what we can do to change this.

9am – 9:50am: Creating Safe Spaces for Transgender People
A panel discussion about how we can make schools, businesses and faith communities more welcoming to transgender folks.

10am – 10:50am: Black Lives Matter & the Movement for LGBTQ Equity
In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, OutFront will be holding a gathering for supporters on the Capitol steps at 11am to deliver stories and demands to legislative leaders from people living at the intersections of racism and transphobia. This workshop will talk about the intersections of identity and provide context for the action. Open to allies.

10am – 10:50am: Trans Meet Up
At this meet up/caucus for trans identified people, discussion will focus on forming our own political and social agendas. Please note: this space is intended specifically for trans and gender non-conforming folks.

10am-10:50am: What is School Really Like for LGB Students?
In 2014, for the first time, the Minnesota Student Survey included questions about sexual orientation (note: not gender identity — this is coming!). The survey results tell a powerful story, and can be used to not only generally illustrate the experience of many LGB students, but to reinforce the value of anti-bullying policies and GSAs. Led by Rainbow Health Initiative.

Sign up now. To volunteer, email Sara Cassidy.

Connect with LGBTQ Folks, Allies & Progressive Minnesotans - Table at Lobby Day!

OutFront’s Lobby Day is a great way to reach progressive Minnesotans, including LGBTQ community members and allies. Promote your organization’s great work from 10:30am - 3:00pm. Tables cost $50. To sign up, outfront.wufoo.com/forms/lgbtq-lobby-day-2015/ For more information, contact Sabrina Mauritz.

Click here for directions to the Capitol and parking information.

For public transportation information, visit Metro Transit. The Green Line Light Rail Train and several bus routes stop one block from the Capitol Complex.

Annual Lobby Day Kickoff Brunch – Saturday, April 25

Join us on Saturday, April 25 from 11am-1pm for our annual Lobby Day Kickoff brunch. You’ll hear the latest legislative news from our Executive Director Monica Meyer and have the chance to meet other supporters of LGBTQ equity. For more information or to RSVP, click here.