Zaylore Stout

Zaylore Stout

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  • Gold Medal winner of the 2021 IPPY Book Awards
  • 2500 copies of Our Gay History in Fifty States sold within the first 18 months of publication
  • Publishes a reoccurring column "From A to Zee" through Lavender Magazine

Zaylore Stout serves as a fierce advocate and attorney on LGBT issues. He launched Zaylore Stout & Associates in 2012 representing both aggrieved employees and and proactive employers who are looking to make their workplaces more welcoming. He serves on the boards of both Quorum, the Twin Cities LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce, and FairVote Minnesota. He championed the passage of a Gender Inclusion Policy to protect transgender and gender non-conforming youth in St. Louis Park public schools when he ran for city county. His firm was an inaugural recipient of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Business of Pride award. In 2020 he published his first book Our Gay History in Fifty States, which has already won a several awards. Finally, for the second summer in a row Zaylore is hosting a panel at the Lavender Law Conference highlighting the importance of LGBT-specific school curricula alongside other advocacy efforts.


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!

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

    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, identity/expression/orientation, physical abilities, weight, religion, and other characteristics are also subject to bias. Challenge your sense of being “woke” by attending this session. You will be the better for it. Please welcome, Zaylore Stout.