Attorney and FounderCompany: Zaylore Stout & Associates, LLC
Role: Session Presenter
Session: LGBTQIA+ Inclusion: How “Woke” Are You? Identify Your Blind Spots and Create a Better Work Culture (S1-E)
Zaylore Stout was raised in Southern California and received his B.A. from Cal State Fullerton in international business management. He moved to Minnesota in 2007 to attend law school at the University of St. Thomas School of Law where he was elected student government president and graduated in 2010. He founded his own law firm, Zaylore Stout & Associates (ZSA), which handles employment law matters that include sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes. ZSA is the first LGBT-certified law firm in the state of Minnesota through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
He serves on the board of directors for RECLAIM, is a former member candidate for city council in St. Louis Park, and a member of the city’s Human Rights Commission. Zaylore is internationally published, sought after as a guest speaker across the country, and is currently writing a book titled, “Our Gay History in 50 States,” which will highlight the significant people, places, and “queer facts” relating to LGBTQIA history on a state-by-state basis.
Zaylore has received many honors during the course of his career. In 2018, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal showcased their first-ever Business of Pride Awards highlighting outstanding LGBTQ business leaders in the Twin Cities metro area who are making a difference in advancing equality in the business world and community, as well as demonstrating their own professional successes; Zaylore was one of those honored. This year, the NGLCC is hosting their seventh installment of the LGBT Biz Pitch entrepreneurial competition plenary—their own version of the ABC hit show ‘Shark Tank’—at the 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., and Zaylore’s book, “Our Gay History in 50 States,” made it into the semifinals. He was a 2017 recipient of the Lavender Community Award for demonstrating clear dedication and leadership by being “out” and working for the advancement of the community comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied people. He also graced the cover of the June 2018 Pride Edition of Lavender Magazine.
Zaylore’s advocacy outside of the courtroom has also been noticeable. He led the charge for the passage of a gender inclusion policy for the protection of transgender and gender non-binary youth in the St. Louis Park school district. His support also led to the St. Louis Park city council voting in support of Ranked Choice Voting. This made St. Louis Park the only suburb in Minnesota to pass either or both of these initiatives.