ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The 2016 North America OutGames is accepting proposals to be presented at its Human Rights Conference. The conference will be held from Tues., May 31 through Thurs., June 2, 2016 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Mo.

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The North America OutGames or Equality Games brings together individuals and families from the Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied (LGBTA) community every four years to promote human rights, culture, and sports. This is the third installment of the North America OutGames and accompanying Human Rights Conference. Organizers anticipate participation from 400 students, activists, professionals and socially-minded citizens from the United States, Canada and more.


Call for proposal forms can be downloaded from the Equality Games website (www.NAOutGames2016.org), which also includes detailed information, including Equality Games venues, the sporting competition calendar, and various cultural event details. Official registration for the sporting competitions and the Human Rights Conference as well as a call for papers, speaker proposals, and volunteer sign-up will go live approximately at month's-end.


The Conference theme is “Equality for All” which includes sub-themes of unity, community, justice, and “ally-ship”. Suggested topics that the Committee has identified as priority areas include: Family Diversity; Workplace Equality; Legal and Financial issues facing LGBTQ families; Faith and Spirituality, and Healthcare Issues for an Aging Population.


Three to five thousand LGBT and ally participants from across North America are expected to meet in St. Louis for this dynamic event, which will be held from May 27 through June 4, 2016 at venues in and around St. Louis. The Equality Games will include a multi-event sports competition, on-going cultural celebrations and a three-day human rights conference. The mission of the Equality Games is to create an experience through a multi-event sporting competition, human rights conference and cultural celebrations that will honor diversity, celebrate athletic accomplishment, facilitate learning, and inspire action, with a ton of fun sprinkled across the entire week.


The Equality Games Board of Directors believes that shared ideas grow in strength. It is their wish that as attendees participate in various seminars, workshops, sporting events and fun, they will undoubtedly foster or strengthen a sense of community and belonging which then will inspire positive change within their own communities.

 

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