Trainings & Development 

OUTMemphis staff trainings work with an array of businesses and communities to provide “cultural humility” training, defined as the “ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to that person.” Our trainings start with the basics and work on customized sessions to support your institution in becoming an affirmative, educated, and safe environment for LGBTQ+ people and our friends and family. We believe that workplaces with powerful LGBTQ+ pride make stronger, healthier, and happier organizations overall.

Available Trainings

LGBTQ+ 101

Are you looking to make your workplace, organization, or medical practice a more safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ individuals but aren’t sure where to start? Our LGBTQ+ 101 training is a great first step in learning all of the basics you need to know to start your journey. This training covers topics like:

  • Gender identity and sexual orientation vocabulary
  • Understanding the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Why pronouns are important
  • Identifying and breaking down microaggressions
  • Workplace policy and cultural changes that create safer spaces for the community.
  • And more!

Interested in learning more? Contact us.

Transgender 101

This training covers all of the same basics in our LGBTQ+ 101 training, such as:

  • Understanding the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Why pronouns are important
  • Workplace policy and cultural changes that can create safer spaces for the LGBTQ+ community

The benefit of this training is the deeper focus on the trans community and trans experiences. In this training we dive deeper into topics like:

  • gender-related vocabulary
  • trans-specific microaggressions
  • obstacles and barriers faced by the trans community
  • supporting statistics related to the discrimination and disenfranchisement of trans folks
  • And more

In addition, this training will teach you how to talk about and interact with trans individuals in a respectful manner. Are you using pronouns? Are you asking for the necessary information in certain spaces? This training is a great foundation to becoming an ally and safe space for the trans community.

Interested in learning more? Contact us.

Creating a Trans-Inclusive Workplace

In addition to covering the basics in our LGBTQ+ 101 and Transgender 101 trainings, such as LGBTQ+ specific vocabulary, the importance of pronouns, understanding the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation, and identifying and breaking down microaggressions, this training has a more specific focus on creating a trans-inclusive workspace. This includes a deep dive into topics like:

  • Trans-affirming workplace policies and cultural practices
  • What employers can do to provide for the trans community, including:
    • Compensation
    • Benefits
    • Hiring practices

Most importantly, this training will help you as a workplace understand that accountability is not a negative thing, but that embracing accountability is a critical and necessary tool for change.

Interested in learning more? Contact us.

Working with LGBTQ+ Youth and Creating a Safe School Environment

This training covers the foundations of LGBTQ+ specific vocabulary, understanding the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation, the importance of pronouns, and best cultural practices that are outlined in our LGBTQ+ 101 Training, with a specific focus on working with and creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth. Some of the topics covered in this training are:

  • School requirements
  • Statistics on LGBTQ+ youth
  • Legislative and other obstacles
  • Issues with schools and parents
  • Gender identity development
  • And more

Interested in learning more? Contact us.

I Know- HIV Testing and Counseling

I Know is a three-day certification training for individuals in Tennessee to administer HIV tests, provide HIV prevention counseling, and deliver HIV test results. OUTMemphis is the approved I Know training center for West Tennessee. OUTMemphis provides this training once a month.

If you would like to attend an I Know training at OUTMemphis, click the link below to sign up for upcoming trainings.

    Custom Training

    Does your agency or business have specific training needs? OUTMemphis staff can create custom training modules to help your staff better understand and work with LGBTQ+ clients.

    • Modifying a Current Training: Tailoring one of our current trainings to suit the needs of your group is possible. To request a training be tailored to your agency’s specific needs.
    • Training Module Creation: Creating a set of training modules to fit your business or agency’s specific needs is possible.

    Not sure if your needs fit into our model? Reach out and let’s talk.

    Seniors Out and About


    OUTMemphis can provide consultation services for businesses and agencies. Consultations may include updating or creating materials (client and customer forms, in-house training materials, etc), policy discussion and development, or implementation of best practices.

    Training Fees

    OUTMemphis’s trainings are generally one 90-minute session or one 4-hour session (with a long break). The price ranges from $350 – $1200 depending on the size of your group and the breadth of the training. Both virtual and in-person trainings are available. Contact us to secure a quote.

    For more information about a training or professional development contact us.