VOTE YES for EQUALITY – SB2279

SB2279 is an important milestone for the LGBTQ community in North Dakota. Ensuring equal access to protections that prohibit discrimination regarding housing, employment, and public accommodations would improve the lives of  LGBTQ North Dakotans, their families, friends, and allies. Questions about SB2279? Check out this comprehensive Questions & Answers FAQ.

How can you help? Here are four easy ways to start.

1. CONTACT YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES – NOW!

On Tuesday, March 31, the House Human Services Committee sent out SB 2279 (NonDiscrimination) with a 11-2 DO NOT PASS Recommendation.

Thank to Reps. Oversen and Mooney who supported the bill! Please thank them.

Who did not support the bill: Muscha, Seibel, Porter, Kiefert, Fehr, Damschen, Becker, Dick Anderson, Bert Anderson, Hofstad, Weisz (rweisz@nd.gov; chofstad@nd.gov; bertanderson@nd.gov; dickanderson@nd.gov; rsbecker@nd.gov; cdamschen@nd.gov; afehr@nd.gov; dhkiefert@nd.gov; nmuscha@nd.gov; tkporter@nd.gov; jayseibel@nd.gov)

This is a strong message that we NEED your help contacting your representatives before this goes to a floor vote! Sharing your personal stories and/or experiences (if you are safely able to do so) or general support for nondiscrimination in North Dakota will go long way in securing support in the House. To find your legislators, go here: https://www.legis.nd.gov/lcn/assembly/constituentViews/public/findmylegislator.htm

2. I SUPPORT SB2279 BECAUSE

Want to make an even bigger impact? After you contact your representatives, consider downloading and printing this sign and tell us why YOU support SB2279! Upload your photos on social media and tag them #VoteYES2279. The ND Human Rights Coalition, Dakota OutRight, and other organizations will collect and share these photos.

Click here to download the printable sign!

3. CHANGE YOUR FACEBOOK COVER

Another way you can show your support is by changing your Facebook cover photo. CLICK HERE for the image, created by activist Kevin R. Tengesdal of Bismarck. Thanks, Kevin!

the OUTLoud Podcast

OUTLoud Podcast FB cover April

Catch our next podcast on April 15!

Dakota OutRight’s new project, the OUTLoud Podcast, is recorded at URL Radio in Bismarck. The show will air at 1:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

LISTEN TO EPISODE 2, SEASON 1

SEGMENT ONE (1:00)
TJ Jerke, lobbyist for the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, talks with us about SB2279 ahead of the hearing on Monday, March 23.

SEGMENT TWO (7:35)
Learn how educators, parents, and others can better support LGBTQ youth with Cory Schneider of Affirmative Foundations, who recently hosted workshops on interventions for LGBTQ bullied youth. We miss you, Cory!

SEGMENT THREE (15:44)
Strength Through Stories – an ongoing series of storytellers from the LGBTQ community. Featured storyteller: Carrie Winters of Bismarck, reading “How I Kicked the Closet Door Open.” Want to share your story? Email contactus@dakotaoutright.org!

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 1, SEASON 1

SEGMENT ONE (3:03)
Jason Marotzke, counselor at CHS, on LGBTQ youth and the upcoming North Dakota Counselors Association Annual Conference, Feb. 20-22, 2015

SEGMENT TWO (9:25)
Joshua Boschee, on SB2279, regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

SEGMENT THREE (14:50)
Strength Through Stories – an ongoing series of storytellers from the LGBTQ community. Featured storyteller: Kevin R. Tengesdal, reading “How I Stay Passionate”

Where can you listen?

ON URL RADIO
The podcast will air on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Listen here.

ON BSC MYSTIC MEDIA
Showtimes TBA. Check back soon!

ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Click here to listen to Episode 2, Season 1.

Click here to listen to Episode 1, Season 1.

The next episode will air at 1:30 p.m. on April 15, 2015.

For more information on the show, upcoming episodes, bookmark this page.

About Us

OUR MISSION

“Dakota OutRight’s mission is to serve the LGBTQ community of central and western North Dakota by increasing visibility, providing resources and information, advocating for equality, and creating safe spaces for connection, support, and celebration.”
Dakota OutRight Informational Brochure

Click to read our Dakota OutRight informational brochure!

 

 

OUR VISION Dakota OutRight’s vision is to be a leader of positive change for the LGBTQ communities in central and western North Dakota by:

  • Providing educational resources and outreach
  • Creating safe spaces for information, community events, and celebrations
  • Advocating for basic legal protections, (ie. employment, housing, anti-discrimination, marriage equality)
  • Creating and identifying allies in state and local government, and
  • Fostering camaraderie among LGBTQ community and allies to achieve visibility and acceptance

 

News

07 Jan 2015

Join Dakota OutRight for a community open house to learn more about the organization, find opportunities for involvement, and connect with members of the LGBTQ and allied community. The open house will be held at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library in Room A, in the lower level, from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Refreshments will be provided.

30 Dec 2014

Dakota OutRight will receive funding to support LGBTQ youth in schools from PFund, an LGBT-focused philanthropic organization supporting the Upper Midwest. The PFund grant will support the creation and implementation of the Safe Zone programming and training at middle schools and high schools in Bismarck-Mandan, the state’s third most populous metro area.

11 Oct 2014

GLADD says, “LGBTQ people are our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins. This is a fact and it isn’t going away. You have the opportunity to be an ally and a friend at home, school, church, and work. A straight ally can merely be someone who is supportive and accepts the LGBTQ person, or a straight ally can be someone who personally advocates for equal rights and fair treatment.

14 May 2014

We will be boosting our outreach efforts thanks to generous support from the QReach Project.PFUND logo

In February, the PFund Foundation announced the recipients of grants for outreach assessment in LGBTQ communities across the five-state region of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Dakota OutRight was one of 16 Midwestern LGBTQ organizations to receive $5,000 in direct funding and additional support to survey the assets, needs, and leadership of LGBTQ communities in our region.