“Why do you do what you do?”
It’s for the young person who shows up to one Qtalk monthly discussion group and shares how being placed with a foster parent who cared enough to search out resources makes them feel hopeful and safe -- for the first time.
It’s for the educator who tells us that now that they’ve participated in a DOR training, they are better equipped to provide the needed emotional and mental supports for the young people in their classroom, as well as how to confront and reduce anti-LGBTQIA behavior.
It’s for the parent who says, “I understand now,” after connecting with other parents of LGBTQIA youth at a community event to support nondiscrimination protections in North Dakota.
It’s for the sense of place, purpose, and visibility that Capital Pride creates for our community, year after year.
And, dreaming JUST big enough, it’s for the LGBTQIA community and outreach center we know our community needs and deserves.
With support, help, and a whole lot of caring from the Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding communities, as well as from the entire state of North Dakota, Dakota OutRight has been able to steadily increase the amount of advocacy and outreach work we do. This equates into more resources, more trainings, and more opportunities to reduce the stigma felt all too often by our LGBTQIA family.
But we need to do more to bend the arc of justice in North Dakota. It's not simple to provide information, support, and training as a small, all-volunteer nonprofit organization, but it's vital to the work we do, in our neighborhoods, in our schools, and in our communities.
Will you help us continue this important work? Your contribution of any amount matters and will help keep DOR a visible leader in LGBTQIA outreach and public education efforts in North Dakota. Donations of $50 or more will receive a complimentary membership to Dakota OutRight, which keeps you in the loop of information and updates and gets you a small token of our appreciation for your visible support.
Hear from one of our partners
Darcy Jeda Corbitt, tireless activist and public educator from Fargo, recently published a blog about her experiences with Dakota OutRight: If You Ever Need a Friend in North Dakota, Seek Dakota OutRight.
Any amount helps, and we will use the funds donated to offer additional programming and events for the LGBTQIA community, as well as additional information, resources, and training for the allied community. There is much work to be done, but with your help, we can accomplish anything.
Learn more about all that Dakota OutRight does at www.dakotaoutright.org.