Zaylore Stout was raised in Southern California and received his B.A. from Cal State Fullerton in international business management. He moved to Minnesota in 2007 to attend law school at the University of St. Thomas School of Law where he was elected student government president and graduated in 2010. He founded his own law firm, Zaylore Stout & Associates (ZSA), which handles employment law matters that include sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes. ZSA is the first LGBT-certified law firm in the state of Minnesota through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
He serves on the board of directors for RECLAIM, is a former member candidate for city council in St. Louis Park, and a member of the city’s Human Rights Commission. Zaylore is internationally published, sought after as a guest speaker across the country, and is currently writing a book titled, “Our Gay History in 50 States,” which will highlight the significant people, places, and “queer facts” relating to LGBTQIA history on a state-by-state basis.
Zaylore has received many honors during the course of his career. In 2018, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal showcased their first-ever Business of Pride Awards highlighting outstanding LGBTQ business leaders in the Twin Cities metro area who are making a difference in advancing equality in the business world and community, as well as demonstrating their own professional successes; Zaylore was one of those honored. This year, the NGLCC is hosting their seventh installment of the LGBT Biz Pitch entrepreneurial competition plenary—their own version of the ABC hit show ‘Shark Tank’—at the 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., and Zaylore’s book, “Our Gay History in 50 States,” made it into the semifinals. He was a 2017 recipient of the Lavender Community Award for demonstrating clear dedication and leadership by being “out” and working for the advancement of the community comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied people. He also graced the cover of the June 2018 Pride Edition of Lavender Magazine.
LGBTQIA+ Inclusion: How “Woke” Are You? Identify Your Blind Spots and Create a Better Campus Culture
Unconscious bias (or implicit bias) is often defined as prejudice or unsupported judgments in favor of or against one thing, person or group as compared to another, in a way that is usually considered unfair. These biases may be held by an individual, group or institution and can have negative or positive consequences. It is important to note that biases, either conscious or unconscious, aren’t limited to ethnicity and race.
We are all aware that racial bias and discrimination are very well documented, however, biases also extend toward and from many other social groups. An individual’s gender, age, gender identity, physical abilities, gender expression, weight, religion, sexual orientation, and many other characteristics are also subject to bias. This session is intended to challenge your sense of bias as it relates to the LGBTQIA+ community. Even the most liberal and open-minded person will be challenged by this presentation. We as individuals and a society still have a long way to go toward full acceptance and inclusion, so recognizing our own blind spots related to our own LGBTQIA+ biases is an important step toward this goal.
According to Witeck Communications, the combined buying power of the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adult population for 2015 has been estimated at $917 billion. The 2015 estimate reflects roughly 6–7% of the adult U.S. population (or 16 million-plus adults, 18 years of age and older) as willing to self-identify as LGBT. Getting LGBTQIA+ inclusion right could help open your campus organization or your career to this $900 billion-plus marketplace but getting it wrong could turn roughly 16 million consumers and their family and friends against you. Learn how to get it right!
- Realize everyone has implicit/unconscious bias relating to the LGBTQIA+ community
- Identify your own LGBTQIA+ bias/blind spots; develop a conscious awareness
- Develop skills necessary to overcome bias and combat its impact
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
What our clients have to say...
Zaylore came to campus to speak about his book Our Gay History in 50 States and ended up enlightening us on so many moments of history that still need to be made. His conversational style and natural charisma engaged people passing by to stop and listen. He challenged us to know more about what is going on around us, told us about moments of advocacy we could engage in, and personified the need for stories to be told. Interweaving his own story with history makers, current policies, court cases, and great advice for college students, he opened our eyes to all the ways that the nation has been directly impacted by the LGBTQIA+ community and what we all can do to make sure our histories aren’t forgotten. We are looking to bring him back to keynote again!
- Inver Hill Community College