Thursday, April 29, 2021
10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. (PT)

Event Description

Hiding in Plain Sight: Creating Inclusion for the Visible & Invisible Members of the LGBTQ+ Community

Kaig Lightner, Founder and Gender Diversity Consultant, Quantum Gender LLC

What does it mean to look LGBTQ+? Why are there some who are targets of homophobia more than others? What does it mean to pass as straight or cisgender? All of these questions often funnel down to one common answer - the ways in which someone expresses their gender - clothes, hairstyles, physical features all tell a visual story of every person. Exclusion thrives when dominant societal rules and norms are applied to those visual stories. 

In this 60-minute workshop, we will take a deep dive into the assumptions that we all make as a result of our society's reliance on the gender binary system. This engaging workshop will provide the attendees with opportunities to hear directly from Kaig's personal journey as a transgender person in addition to doing some self-reflection on your own gender identity. Everyone will also leave some simple, tangible steps towards breaking the binary because when all of us, transgender, cisgender, and nonbinary, push against the binary it's going to break.

Please note that a recording of this webinar will be sent to registrants after the event.

About the Presenter

Kaig Lightner, Founder and Gender Diversity Consultant, Quantum Gender LLC

Kaig Lightner has been publicly speaking about his experience as a Queer, Transgender person for nearly 15 years.  Through the telling of his own personal lived experiences mixed with relevant, tangible information, Kaig creates an environment of expansive growth mindset to learn about the complex and often challenging subject of LGBTQ+ inclusion. In 2017 Kaig started Quantum Gender LLC, to provide consulting and education for LGBTQ+ inclusion. He has provided services to Adidas, Oregon State University, US Youth Soccer and several other small businesses.  In 2013 he started Portland Community Football Club, a non profit soccer club for marginalized youth. Kaig graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with a Masters in Social Work and now currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the department. When Kaig isn't running two businesses and teaching you can find him on the soccer field coaching or playing, but also spending time with his partner Jimmy, their pitbull Charlie and two kittens, Leo and Stevie.


Thank You Funders and Supporters

Thank you to the following FUNDERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Collins Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, and Gordon Elwood Foundation
Friend Plus Partner Sponsor: Columbia Bank and Heritage Bank
Friend Plus Sponsors: Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, McDonald Jacobs, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors, CFO Selections and The Standard
Friend Sponsor: Nonprofit Professionals Now, Portland General Electric and Impact Benefits & Retirement


$15 for NAO Members
$30 for Non-Members

A link to access this webinar will be provided in registration confirmation e-mail and e-mail reminder prior to event date.

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April 29th, 2021 10:00 AM through 11:00 AM
Online Event
Event Fee
Price $ 30.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy, Development & Fundraising
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Principles & Practices