Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is thrilled to meet the growing need of LGBT employees across the United States who have expressed interest in starting their own Out & Equal regional affiliate group!
The Regional Affiliate program brings the Out & Equal mission of workplace equality for all to the local level - provided networking and educational opportunities throughout the year and around the United States. The program is directed and supported by the Out & Equal NETWORKS! staff, with advice and support from the co-chairs of each regional affiliate's Leadership Council, which meets bimonthly via conference call. Below is information on how to start a Regional Affiliate in your area. For full information about the procedures for an Out & Equal Regional Affiliate, download the Regional Affiliate Guidebook.
Want 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 O&E 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 O&E 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. O&E staff 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. In addition, O&E staff will explain the application process and answer questions.
- Application process
Once you have met with Out & Equal and your group has decided to move ahead with becoming an Out & Equal regional affiliate, you will need to complete a Regional Affiliate application [DOC, 136KB]. Out & Equal staff will guide you through this process, which requires approval by the Out & Equal management team.
For additional information on how to start a local Out & Equal Regional Affiliate,
please email Out & Equal NETWORKS!