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Schedule of the October 2022 North Dakota LGBTQ+ Summit.

Friday, October 14

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Social gathering & Welcome - come meet with other summit participants, and participate in icebreaker activities to get to know each other.

Welcoming remarks from a special guest. Refreshments provided.

Saturday, October 15

8:00 AM

Registration opens

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote session: What is Two-Spirit?

Speakers: Cardinal Red Bird, Randy Bear Rib, Tracey Wilkie

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Save Democracy Training

Speaker: Brandi Hardy

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Session: Understanding and Advocating with the ND Legislature

Speaker: Rep. Joshua Boschee

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


SESSION A: Social Action 102

Speaker: Cody Schuler
One of the most fundamental rights of U.S. citizens is the right to vote. We have the right to vote for policy makers the local (city council/commission; school board; county commission. State: nine officials including governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General, etc. and state legislature (there are 47 districts in North Dakota and most North Dakotans will be voting on one state senator and two representatives, and national (President/Vice President; and in North Dakota two senators and one House Member.

This session will examine basic voting rights and the process of voting in North Dakota. As a result of this session, you will understand the difference between the primary election and general election. You will know that ND does NOT require registration to vote. However, you will understand what types of identifications are required in order to vote. You will learn how to figure out the difference between absentee ballot (you will be assisted in completing an application for an absentee), early voting and day of voting. You will understand the importance of casting your ballot and the role you can play in “turning out the vote” to make a difference in moving ND forward. 

SESSION B: Access to Healthcare

Speakers: Dr. Danial Sturgill, Krissie Guerard

Access to Gender Affirming Care: A conversation about current status versus dreams for a better tomorrow
Dan Sturgill, Ph.D. is a psychologist at Sanford Health in Fargo/Moorhead. He has been providing gender affirming care since 2014, working with adolescents and adults. During this presentation we will:
1)      Review the history of how medicine has contributed to the trauma experience of gender diverse patients
2)      Discuss how WPATH Standards of Care 8 (recently released) will further open up care opportunities for gender affirming care
3)      Review the current status of access to care in the Sanford system and the speaker’s experience in working with other providers
4)      Open up discussion of participants’ experiences and generate ideas for improved access

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Break & Artist Performance

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Legal Panel - After Roe - What This Means for the ND LGBTQ+ Community

Speakers: Julie Gonen and Tammi Kromenaker

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Break & Youth Social

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

UND Law Know Your Rights Project

This session features a discussion about features of a LGBTQ+ Student Self- Advocacy Toolkit authored by University of North Dakota School of Law students. The presenters will walk through certain portions of the toolkit which can be used as a guide to help LGBTQ+ students advocate for themselves if they encounter inequitable, discriminatory, or bullying behavior in school. The toolkit addresses problems that are frequently or uniquely experienced by students that belong to the LGBTQ+ community. Presenters will highlight information in the toolkit that identifies the rights of North Dakota students and steps students can take to assert those rights on their own or with the help of a trusted adult.

Presenters: Mattie Bogart, MacKenzie Thompson, Raymond Johnson, Edi Planincic

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

CHI Pharmacy will be on site to provide MPOX vaccinations, COVID boosters, and flu shots. 

6:00 PM

Roundtable discussions, hosted by Trevor Project and Gender Justice

7:30 PM

Film Screening: A Run for More

Growing up, Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe learned to be a fighter, but never imagined having a chance to make history as the first openly elected transgender official in Texas. Unfolding amidst an onslaught of trans legal attacks, A Run for More immerses viewers on Frankie’s journey as she finds her voice, questions her relationship to community, and tries to win an election.


The summit will keep a space open for participants to socialize, make action plans, create art, eat together, or just hang out.

Sunday, October 16

8:00 AM

Registration opens

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Got Sex Ed?

Comprehensive sex education dismantles stereotypes, builds self-acceptance, and recognizes that sexuality lasts a lifetime. Regardless of your age, you deserve honest and accurate information about your sexuality. Join this workshop to learn what sex education looks like at different stages of life.

Presenter: Katie Christiansen

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Starting and Running a Successful GSA

Presenters: Gabby Johnson, Quin Reilly, Livvy Heitkamp, Rachel Lang

Facilitator: Keygan Miller

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Panel

Speakers: Zach Packineau, Gabby Johnson, LexX Francis, Tony

Ming Wong (moderator)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Conversation with ND LGBTQ+ Organizations


Aaron Zimmerman, PFund Foundation (Facilitator)

Marg Nelson, Chair, Red River Rainbow Seniors*

James Falcon, Magic City Equality 

Lily Rose Guetter , Pride Collective and Community Center

CJ Vondal, UND Queer and Trans Alliance

Jonathan Frye, Dakota Outright

Katrina Koesterman, Tristate Transgender

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Break & Youth Caucus

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Building Community - Where Do We Go from Here?

3:30 PM

Wrap-up and Farewell

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