“In the Midwest, we had this kind of queer desert, with an absence of activities, an absence of events or positive images or performers. Let’s bring it to us.”
- Justin Connor, MBLGCC 1994 Planner
Often referred to as the fly over states, the Midwest is forgotten and underfunded by foundations and the non-profit industrial complex. Queer and trans youth in the Midwest are more likely to experience “biased language, victimization, and anti-LGBTQ discriminatory school policies and practices” than in the Northeast or West.*
The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity re-envisions an educational climate that centers the needs and experiences of systemically disadvantaged students and affirms and encourages sexuality and gender diversity. Through programs, such as the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC), we provide community and connection to the next generation of leaders in the movement for our collective liberation. Community care “plays a crucial role in LGBT youth loneliness, hopelessness, and mental health outcomes over and above experiences of victimization.”** We are dedicated to furthering queer success in the Midwest.
Our life-saving work is made possible through the generous financial support of grassroots donors. We invite you to join us with a monthly or one-time gift. Your donation will provide space for queer and trans students to experience the joy of being in community and help remove barriers to accessing queer- and trans-centered spaces.
By becoming a monthly donor, you join the OPE (Our Partners in Equity) Giving Program and can receive exclusive benefits:
If you have questions or would like to discuss a unique sponsorship opportunity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support and ongoing partnership.
*2017 GLSEN National School Climate Survey - https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/2019-12/Full_NSCS_Report_English_2017.pdf
**McConnell, E. A., Birkett, M. A., & Mustanki, B. (2015). Typologies of Social Support and Associations with Mental Health Outcomes Among LGBT Youth. LGBT Health, 2(1), 55-61.