Educational Equity Program

Our Mission

  1. We aim to decrease intersectional inequity and increase LGBTQ+ inclusivity in classrooms, schools, districts, and youth organizations. 
  2. We provide support, teach concrete intersectional equity strategies, facilitate self-reflection, and assist with policy changes.
  3. We encourage youth to develop their leadership skills and to learn that their voices matter.

Program Details

  • Trainings for Educators, Educational Leaders, & Youth Service Providers
  • MN GSA Leadership Council
  • MN Youth Summit for GSAs and Educators
  • MN GSA Advisor Network
  • Trainings for GSAs/SAGAs
  • MN LGBTQ+ Educator Network
  • Educational Equity Consulting for School Administrators and Educators

Educational Equity means finding what every student needs to be successful - academically, socio-emotionally, and everything-in-between- and getting it for them. The process is complex, dynamic, and on-going: owning flaws and biases, engaging in courageous conversations to challenge prejudice and discrimination, creating environments where students feel safe to share what they need, and breaking down any systems that are creating barriers. Students who feel valued, seen, and celebrated are the ones who will find success. 

Minnesota’s Educational Equity gap is one of the worst in the nation. We need to continue to work together so that every student can get what they need.

Contact Us

Kelly D. Holstine

Director of Educational Equity

612.767.7658

kdholstine@outfront.org

Ophir Gilad

Youth Advocate

510.549.6165

ophir@outfront.org

EDUCATORS MUST BE MORE THAN ALLIES

Kelly speaking
Ted Talk by Kelly D Holstine

The federal Equal Access Act (20 USC 4071 et seq.) mandates that under certain circumstances, students who wish to create or run a GSAs (“Gay-Straight Alliances” or “Gender and Sexuality Alliances”) have the legal right to do so

In recent years, several Minnesota school districts have adopted “gender inclusion policies,” which articulate a district’s planned approach to accommodating the needs of transgender and gender-nonconforming students

In 2017, the Minnesota Department of Education, working with the Department of Human Rights, released its Transgender Toolkit, a booklet outlining a series of best-practice recommendations for schools working to address the concerns confronting transgender and gender-nonconforming students

Information for LGBTQ Students: State and federal law offer lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender/gender-conforming students protection from discrimination and harassment in their schools

In 2014, the Minnesota State High School League approved a policy allowing transgender/gender-nonconforming students to establish their eligibility to play on the team corresponding to their lived gender

If you’re looking for a progressive campus that takes a strong stand against discrimination — and won’t break the bank — read on for the results of our latest study.

Federal law also protects Minnesota trans students. Title IX prohibits discrimination in federally-funded public schools on the basis of "sex" (See: 20 USC § 1681)

For trans students applying to colleges, very confusing questions can arise surrounding financial aid

Support Networks

OutFront hosts a variety of Support Networks in order to provide support and resources for Minnesotans.

MN LGBTQ+ Educators Network

Our goal is to support and advocate for MN LGBTQ+ educators and their allies. We provide resources, networking, community building opportunities, training, compassion, and empathy.

We understand that isolation, invisibility, and discrimination can impact our mental health and feelings of belonging. We believe that supporting LGBTQ+ educators helps not just educators, but also our students and our school communities.

We have partnered with Education Minnesota and Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) for this initiative.

Join This Network

MN GSA Advisor Network

This group is for OutFront MN's GSA Advisors and OutFront Staff members to connect, share resources, provide support and make each other's lives easier!

Join This Network

GSAs/SAGAs

Gender Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and Sexuality and Gender Alliances (SAGAs) are school support groups that provide resources, safe spaces, and community building for LGBTQ+ students and their allies.

GSAs/SAGAs are an evidence-based strategy to improve school climate for all students.

OutFront MN's GSA Advisor Network

OutFront MN's GSA Advisor Network is a supportive resource that helps connect GSA/SAGA Advisors across the state to each other and to OutFront Staff members.

Network members will receive e-newsletters, updates, and be invited to trainings and events. We also have a Facebook Group where members can get immediate support and resources from staff and from each other.

Please email kdholstine@outfront.org if you are interested in starting a GSA, joining our Network, and/or if you have any other questions.

Free GSA Trainings

If you are interested in having an OutFront staff member come to your school and give a free training, please email us at ophir@outfront.org

Options include:

  • GSA/SAGA's: Just Getting Started
  • Introduction to Gender & Trans Topics
  • LGBTQ+ 101
  • Intersectionality
  • Coming Out
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Advocacy 101 (Knowing your LGBTQ+ Rights)
  • Advocacy 201

Resources

LGBTQ+ Youth and Educator Resource Guide

If you have questions and/or need additional resources connected to the following topics, please check out our LGBTQ+ Youth and Educator Resource Guide!

  • Orientation & Identity
  • Coming Out
  • Sexual Health
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Crisis & Anti-Violence
  • LGBTQ+ Intersectionality
  • Being an Ally/Advocate
  • Finding Community
  • LGBTQ+ Inclusive Education

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

Self-Care Resources for Teachers

Articles, Ted Talks, podcasts, blogs, and books about self-care for teachers.

LEARN MORE

The Application for OutFront's 2020-2021 Youth Leadership council is now live! Apply here

2020 OutFront Minnesota College Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the OutFront Minnesota College Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to graduating high school students and/or current college students who work toward LGBTQ+ equity and plan on attending an institution of higher learning. This $12,000 scholarship will equal $3,000 per annum paid out over four years. If the recipient attends college for less than four years, the scholarship will be shortened appropriately, e.g., if the recipient attends a two year college, the scholarship will be awarded for two years for a total of $6,000. Annual reviews will be conducted to ensure recipients are maintaining their academic standing and the scholarship may be terminated for failure to do so.

The founder of this scholarship program, Dan Livak, has created this Fund to support LGBTQ+ students with their education. Dan has been on his own since he was 16 years old. He knows how challenging it can be to work full time while still working through school without a support network. This Fund was created to provide some financial assistance to make going to college a little easier. 

To apply please fill out the online application: APPLy Online

Download the application as a PDF

For more information, please reach out to Ophir Gilad at ophir@outfront.org

Resources

LGBTQ+ Youth and Educator Resource Guide

If you have questions and/or need additional resources connected to the following topics, please check out our LGBTQ+ Youth and Educator Resource Guide!

  • Orientation & Identity
  • Coming Out
  • Sexual Health
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Crisis & Anti-Violence
  • LGBTQ+ Intersectionality
  • Being an Ally/Advocate
  • Finding Community
  • LGBTQ+ Inclusive Education

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

Four Tips For Coming Out To Your Parents

A video from Susan Cottrell and The Advocate with advice for coming out to your parents.

WATCH HERE

 

GSA Leadership Council

We facilitate a year-long leadership program for a select group of GSA LGBTQ+ student leaders who meet twice a month for:

  • Relationship Building
  • Skill Development
  • LGBTQ+ Issue discussion
  • Event Planning
  • Coordinating Strategies for the MN GSA Network
  • Providing Youth Perspective and Input on OutFront Efforts

The Leadership Council is crucial in the planning and execution of our annual Youth Summit which brings together more than 500 LGBTQ+ and allied students and educators from across the state to collaborate, learn, and take action. At the end of the day students get the opportunity to meet with their state legislators to talk about the issues most important to them.

Photo of Youth Leadership Council at Pride

Putting Youth Outfront: A virtual workshop series by and for youth

Join us from 5-6pm on June 2nd for a workshop aimed at promoting discussion and education about the many diverse LGBTQIA+ identities.

Queer and Trans individuals have fought for years to help us gain rights. We still have a long way to go, so join us to learn your rights as a LGBTQ+ citizen and how to help keep yourself and others safe. Join us from 5-6pm on June 9th!

With fear being an ever more common part of our society, come learn how to act up, fight for what you want, and build the community to make the change you want to see through action. Don’t know what that means? Come find out on June 16th from 5-6pm!

Our story is an important part of who we are. But how does that relate to direct action? In this workshop, we’ll take a look at how we can tell personal testimonies in a way that influences political action. Join us from 5-6pm on June 23rd!

Come learn about a History of Pride: before, after, and beyond Stonewall. We’ll talk about what it is now, how it started, and the different ways we celebrate. Hope to see you there from 5-6pm on June 30th!

Youth Summit 2020 Logo - Mountains in front of the Pride Flag

Youth Summit 2020

 

The in-person Youth Summit 2020 event on Thursday, March 19th has been cancelled. As the prevalence of COVID-19 continues to grow, the health and safety of all attendees is at the forefront of our attention. We feel a responsibility to play our part in limiting the spread of illness that large, in-person events can proliferate. Because of this, we have made the difficult decision to no longer meet in-person on March 19th.

Instead, OutFront's Youth Summit went Virtual! OutFront hosted a 3-day virtual Youth Summit on April 5-7!

This online experience provided a virtual communal space for middle school and high school students and their educators to connect, learn about various LGBTQ+ topics and hear about resources and opportunities available to them.

Students and educators were invited to attend afternoon and evening live workshops and virtual “hangouts,” including:

  • Transmasc 101
  • Self Care and Anti Smoking/Vaping
  • Queer History
  • Virtual Organizing, Power, and You!
  • What's Going On In City Government?
  • Consent, Boundaries, and Oobleck 
  • Color 4 U (for QTPOC audiences)
  • Conversion Therapy Panel
  • Quarantine Activities
  • And more!

For those not able to attend the live workshops and hangouts, we also prepared a series of YouTube videos that you'll be able to watch anytime.

Click Here to See our Virtual Youth Summit 

Watch this Video about Youth Summit 2019

LGBTQ+ Youth March to the Capitol

Thank you to our Champion and Community Leader Youth Summit Sponsors!

Secret Lab, Planned Parenthood and Southwest Minnesota State University logos

The Brian Juba Youth Empowerment Fund
The 2020 Virtual Youth Summit is made possible in part by The Brian Juba Youth Empowerment Fund. This Fund was established through a gift from the estate of Brian Juba. Brian grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, before beginning a career as a teacher, counselor and health-care worker in Minnesota, where he lived for almost 50 years before his death in 2019. Having experienced the challenges of growing up gay in a small rural community, Brian left this gift to help LGBTQ+ youth across Minnesota participate in OutFront's annual Youth Summit.