MBLGTACC is an annual conference held to connect, educate, and empower LGBTQIA+ college students, faculty, and staff around the Midwest and beyond. It has attracted advocates and thought leaders including Angela Davis, Robyn Ochs, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Kate Bornstein, Faisal Alam, and LZ Granderson; and entertainers and artists including J Mase III, Todrick Hall, Margaret Cho, Chely Wright, and Loren Cameron.
To date, MBLGTACC is the largest and oldest continuously-held LGBTQIA+ college conference in the nation. And it is entirely and proudly student-run.
MBLGTACC’s story is one of true, grassroots student activism.
Then named the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay College Conference (MBLGCC), MBLGTACC was first imagined at another conference in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1991. Born out of the largely-coastal social movements of the 1990s, organizers saw a need to give voice to queer students in the Midwest. That group of young leaders and changemakers came together a year later to lay down the organizing principles and logistical roadmap for the first annual MBLGCC.
Then, in February 1993, the first annual MBLGCC (now MBLGTACC) was held at Iowa State University, a collaborative effort between students at Iowa State and Drake University.
Here's to you, our MBLGTACC 25th anniversary video, was debuted at MBLGTACC 2017 at Navy Pier.
1993: The 1st annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay College Conference took place at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa
1995: The theme for the 1995 and 1996 conferences was “Building Queer Success in the Midwest.” While it is unconfirmed, conference lore suggests this was intended to be the conference’s official slogan. Later conferences selected other themes, but the commitment to building queer success in the Midwest remained constant.
1997: The conference was renamed the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender College Conference
2001: The conference was renamed the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference
2007: Oversight Committee created
2013: MBLGTACC reaches 2000+ attendees for the first time in Lansing, Michigan, and hosted by students from Michigan State University
2015: Oversight Committee authorizes creation of a non-profit with professional staff
2016: The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity is officially launched
2017: MBLGTACC 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the conference
Discover past conference themes and sift your way through old program guides below. Intrigued? Consider bidding to host MBLGTACC on your campus.
|Year||Host School(s)||Conference Theme||
|1993||Iowa State University and Drake University||First annual MBLGCC||
|1994||Earlham College (Indiana)||Greetings From The 90's... Wish You Were
|1995||Southern Illinois University at Carbondale||Building Queer Success in the Midwest||
|1996||Beloit College (Wisconsin)||Building Queer Success in the Midwest||
|1997||Indiana State University||We're Here! We're Queer! We're Fabulous!||
|1998||University of Illinois at Chicago||Across the Fruited Plain||
|1999||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Moving Forward, Looking Back||
|2000||Saint Cloud State University (Minnesota)||Making Waves Into the New Millennium||
|2001||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Out and About: Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Boundaries, Breaking the Labels||
|2002||Michigan State University||Still Moving Forward|
|2003||The Ohio State University||Loving With Pride||
|2004||Iowa State University||Speak Up! Speak Out! Celebrating the Power of Communication to Fight Hate and Fear||
|2005||Saint Cloud State University (Minnesota)||Building the Bridge to Bring It All Together||
|2006||University of South Dakota||Painting the Rainbow: Celebrating Unity Through Diversity||
|2007||University of Minnesota at Twin Cities||Alphabet Soup: No Matter The Letter We Stand Together|
|2008||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Voting for Change: Liberty and Justice For All|
|2009||Indiana University Bloomington||Living Out Loud: Examining Our Past to Enhance Our Future|
|2010||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Get Real! Confronting Privilege, Provoking Dialogue and Building New Foundations|
|2011||University of Michigan||Justice or Just Us? Achieving Liberty for All|
|2012||Iowa State University||The Butterfly Effect: Evolution to Revolution|
|2013||Michigan State University||Mosaic: Putting the Pieces Together|
|2014||University of Missouri-Kansas City||Jazzin' It Up|
|2015||Illinois State University||Narrating a New Normal|
|2016||Purdue University||Introspection at the Crossroads|
|2017||Chicago Coalition of Queer and Allied
Students (CCQAS) (DePaul University,
Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University)
|United in Solidarity|
|2018||University of Nebraska-Omaha||All Roads Lead to Intersectionality|
|2019||Wichita State||Beyond the Rainbow and to the Stars||