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Educator & Youth Worker Focus Group

Educator & Youth Worker Focus Group May 30, 2015

Dakota OutRight (DOR) is hosting a focus group for educators and professionals who work with youth, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) youth.

Our organization is working on a grant-funded project to learn more about the experiences of LGBT youth in Bismarck-Mandan and develop strategies to provide more resources and support, including community training specific to those who work with youth.

The focus group will be at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library on Saturday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  We’re providing coffee, juice, and breakfast refreshments to sweeten the deal!

Your experiences provide insight to the climate, barriers, and potential solutions to better support LGBT youth. Even if you feel you don’t have much experience working with LGBT youth, your thoughts on what could help are equally important.

We’re interested to know more about the following types of questions:

  • What is the climate like for LGBT youth? In schools? In the community?
  • What kinds of supports would help LGBT youth?
  • What kind of supports would help YOU support youth?
  • What are the barriers to obtaining these supports?
  • What is working? What’s not working? What could work better?
  • What kinds of trainings and resources would help?

Please RSVP to if you can attend.

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This work is made possible by PFund Foundation, a vital resource and community builder for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders, and inspiring giving. Learn more at


The OUTLoud Podcast on URL Radio

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Catch our next podcast on June 17!

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




Join the Dakota OutRight Board

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Dakota OutRight is adding two members to our board. Join a diverse group of deeply committed leaders who have big plans and need you to make them happen.

We welcome members of the LGBTQ community, including allies, to take their community leadership to the next level. Although everyone brings specific talents to the table, we are especially interested to recruit members with experience in finance, fund development, and community organizing.

We are developing a comprehensive position description, but board members serve two-year terms. We have monthly board meetings in addition to committee work done outside of monthly meetings. There are many opportunities to match your skills to our many areas of work.

How do I apply?

It’s simple. Send a letter of interest and your resume to We will invite you to a regular board meeting for a non-formal interview process. Pending board approval and a background check, welcome to the team!

Are you a student leader? We have an opportunity for you!

We’re looking for an outstanding high school student to serve on our board. Positions run concurrent with school semesters. We’re now looking to place an applicant for the Fall 2015 semester. Make a difference in your community and get amazing hands-on experience that can positively impact your future. To apply, send a letter of interest to

About Us


“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.”
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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



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.