In Knoxville, the OUTstanding LGBTQ+ Conference will examine intersectional diversity in our community

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The Tennessee Equality Project will host a revival of the OUTstanding LGBTQ+ Conference on the UT-Knoxville campus this October

Originating in 2011, the conference explores the intersectional diversity within the LGBTQ+ community, and to educate and increase compassion within the University of Tennessee, the greater Knoxville community and beyond. The conference wil take place at Strong Hall on October 13, from 8:30am-5pm.

Subjects for exploration at this 2018 conference will include education, legal policy and culture as they relate to gender expression, class, race, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, belief, spirituality and religion in eastern Tennessee.

OUTstanding aims to broaden minds, serve as a catalyst for social justice, ignite open and honest discussions, and ultimately improve the University of Tennessee and the larger region's climate for LGBTQ people.  This year's speakers will include representatives from Vanderbilt's gender clinic, Children's Hospital, the legal community, and  GLSEN, among others. 

The conference is free and open to the public, with morning and  afternoon snacks provided. It is open to students, faculty, staff and community members from all backgrounds and identities. Attendance is free, but registration will be required to ensure adequate seating and food/drink. 

If you are a business or organization that would like to donate to the conference, please e-mail [email protected] 

More information regarding the schedule of speakers and registration can soon be found at