Post submitted by Trevor Chandler, former HRC Associate Regional Field Director

Last week, HRC hosted a training in Bismarck, North Dakota, for local and state LGBT activists to advance non-discrimination policies throughout the Peace Garden State.

The Bush Foundation funded the training and openly gay North Dakota State Representative Josh Boschee helped secure the event. Boschee has been extremely active in the fight for LGBT equality, pushing for a statewide non-discrimination bill this past legislative session. The bill passed in the Senate, but failed in the House.

At the training, we discussed the work that has brought us to this point and the work ahead of us. Additionally, we talked about best practices, the most effective messaging and how to reach elected officials and persuadable voters.

As we listened to attendees practice their testimony, we heard emotional stories from members of the LGBT and ally community. In addition to the individual advocates, representatives from other advocacy organizations, including the ACLU of North Dakota, the President of the ND AFL-CIO, Dakota OutRight and Planned Parenthood, attended the session.

HRC was proud to host the training in coordination with the North Dakota Women's Network, who also led a training that day on building power for women in the fight for reproductive justice.

There's a lot of work ahead here in North Dakota and together we'll make history in the coming years.

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