Get Involved: Volunteer with the Institute

This Pride Month, we’re not asking for your money. We’re asking for YOU.

We seek rad folks to help us fulfill our vision of a liberated future where generations of queer and trans people live in abundance and their joy, knowledge, and experience guide our shared existence.

Submissions will be collected on a rolling, as-needed basis. We will conduct a priority review for urgent project needs starting July 15, so fill out the form at the bottom of this page before this date to be considered in our initial round of reviews!

Who we are

The Institute is a volunteer-based organization committed to educating, empowering, and connecting Midwest LGBTQ+ communities. Our team includes educators, artists, nerds, foodies, gardeners, and choir/band/theater kids all living our best lives in Michigan, Minnesota, and Chicago. Our team works entirely remote and meets regularly to strategize and execute our organizational goals and programming. Since our organization was founded in 2016, our initial goal of supporting the longevity of the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference has expanded into coordinating a slate of programs and initiatives focusing on the needs, experiences, and liberation of queer and trans folks in the Midwest.

What we do

In a given year, we may offer:

  • The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference

  • A new season of our Take the Last Bite podcast

  • The Trans(Gender) Justice Teach-In

  • A queer policy series event

  • Recurring engagement with members of the Our Partners in Equity (OPE) donor program

How you can get involved

As our plates have gotten heavier, we’ve realized now is a great time to invite more awesome, committed folks to support these important projects. While we haven’t crafted explicit “job descriptions” for these roles, we believe these roles could be a great opportunity for:

  • Graduate students

  • Professionals looking to broaden their overall experience

  • Queer and trans folks interested in getting experience with a non-profit/advocacy organization

  • Aspiring allies who can provide uncompensated support to an LGBTQ+ organization

Queer, trans and intersex Black, Indigenous and folks of color are strongly encouraged to submit

Key areas

We have some major needs in a few specific areas. This is not an exhaustive list, and we’re interested in hearing from anyone interested in supporting the below or related projects.

Podcast Production

  • Maximizing audio and video content from interviews

  • Supporting audio editing for biweekly publishing schedule

Social Media
Content Creation and/or Management

  • Consistently posting to social media accounts

  • Developing and executing social media campaigns

  • Launching the Midwestie Bestie Influencer program


  • Preparing news and media content for newsletter and website

  • Drafting copy and key messaging points for marketing and social media content

Graphic Design

  • Creating digital and print graphics

Programmer/Web Developer

  • Website updates for both and

  • Supporting the development and implementation of features to the Institute's flagship Laravel application

Client and User Support

  • Answering questions via email, social media DMs, etc.

Event Operations and Logistics

  • Support space rental contracts and room assignments for programs

  • Manage A/V equipment rentals and set up

  • Manage catering contracts and banquet event orders

Next steps

Tell us you're interested! Complete our brief interest form. You’ll be asked about your areas of interest, a bit about your experiences and background, and what your big ideas are around building and sustaining LGBTQ+ community. A member of our team will be in touch if we’d like to chat more about your submission. Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us right away, we’ll keep your submission on file and add you to an email list to get updates about future opportunities for engagement! Plus...

  • Share the form with your friends and colleagues! Know someone who would be a great fit for this opportunity, spread the word to your friends, colleagues, and ecosystem.

  • Connect with us on social media. Tune into our Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok to stay up-to-date on the Institute’s programs and future opportunities to get involved.

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