The Regional Affiliate program brings the Out & Equal mission of workplace equality for all to the local level. It provides networking and educational opportunities throughout the year and around the United States. For additional information on how to start a Regional Affiliate, please emailOut & Equal.
How to start a local affiliate
- Do some research to determine initial interest and need
Become familiar with Out & Equal’s educational programs, constituents and vision. Determine if there is a need in your community for the type of work Out & Equal does. Are there other programs — LGBT networking groups, educational groups, professional organizations — in your area doing related work with whom you can partner, or that would help support the affiliate?
- Network, network, network
Find dedicated individuals in your community who are interested. To start an affiliate, you will need a minimum of five people from five separate organizations/employers. We recommend gathering a minimum of 10-15 people for initial conversations to learn more about the responsibilities and benefits of having an Out & Equal affiliate.
- Informational meeting with Out & Equal
Contact Out & Equal to have representatives meet with your group by phone or in person to outline benefits and expectations. We will discuss the impact of Regional Affiliates on a national and local level, provide examples of initial documents, and supply information about how other affiliates were created.