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LGBTQIA 101: Accessibility and Representation in the Arts

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

No cost to participate


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This is a comprehensive training offering basic education on the LGBTQIA community as a whole, as well as a history of LGBTQIA persons in the arts. This training will attempt to teach how the arts can create space for LGBTQIA people, particularly through self education, motivation, and understanding of intersectionality. This course will evaluate the arts as a powerful tool towards radical cultural change for both LGBTQIA artists and allies alike.

Presented by Taylor Romero Hall of OutFront Minnesota.

OutFront Minnesota was founded in 1987 to fight for LGBTQ justice and equity. Over the past 32 years they have worked to ensure that their values of liberation and intersectional justice guide their work until full equality under the law and full equity in practice is realized. They successfully passed a statewide nondiscrimination law that included sexual orientation AND gender identity as protected statuses in 1993 — the first law that included protections for trans community members. They won marriage by defeating an anti-marriage amendment at the ballot box and passing marriage equality through the legislature in 2013. They ensured that kids have safe and supportive environments to learn in by passing the Safe and Supportive Schools Act in 2014 and the Trans Toolkit in 2017. The fight is not over and  supporters are needed more than ever. OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Taylor Romero Hall is the Community Advocate in Outfront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program. Taylor studied literature and gender at St. Catherine’s University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts degree. Currently, she is working on an MFA in Creative Writing for Children at Hamline University in St. Paul. A long time community advocate and direct care worker, Taylor entered the non-profit sector in early 2017 working in Homeless Prevention and Homeless Services. Her approach to direct service emphasizes a harm reduction style, as well as trauma and person centered care. Taylor is a regional trainer and developer, and travels throughout the metro offering a variety of diversity and inclusion trainings. She is a proud woman of color, and has professional and personal competency in racial and LGBTQ equity. In the office, she is a peer counselor and crisis respondent for community members who have experienced violence or bias. Her interest lies in developing meaningful relationships with peers and clients, especially through mutual respect and radical empathy. In her off time, Taylor enjoys spending time with her wife, dog, and two cats in her South Minneapolis home, as well as playing boardgames, doing puzzles, and experimenting with new food recipes.


This activity takes place at the MRAC offices. For complete details about MRAC’s access services and accommodations, please visit Accessibility at MRAC. If you would like any modifications to aid your participation in this activity, please indicate requests in the registration form (if applicable) or reach out to Scott Artley at scott@mrac.org or 651-523-6384.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
No cost to participate
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Bethany Whitehead


Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
2324 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55114 United States
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