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Tue, Feb, 19, 2019

MBLGTACC is heading to Kalamazoo! Western Mich. to host conference in 2020

Students from Western Michigan University will host the 28th annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC) from February 14-16, 2020 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Thu, Dec, 13, 2018

Guffey to NBC: Oscars should invite Wanda Sykes to host

“Wanda Sykes is very funny and a brilliant comedian who also is a black woman, so it makes a lot of sense for her to be the replacement,” Institute board president Bryan Guffey told NBC News earlier this week. “We’d get a great host and someone who is a direct response to the homophobia.”

Tue, Nov, 27, 2018

Empower queer youth this #GivingTuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, and we're asking you to make an impact by investing in and empowering queer and trans+ youth. For 24 hours, we're launching a special effort to raise critically needed funds that allow the Institute to connect, educate, and empower queer and trans+ college students in the Midwest.

Sun, Oct, 28, 2018

Three rad ways to get involved with MBLGTACC in 2019

We’re not in Kansas anymore. Oh wait...yes we are! Registration is open for the 27th annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC). MBLGTACC 2019 will be held February 15-17 in Wichita, Kansas and organized by students from Wichita State University.

Mon, Oct, 1, 2018

An updated name for the nation’s largest conference for queer and trans+ college students

LANSING, MI—Today, the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, America’s largest and oldest conference for queer and trans+ college students, is changing its name and taking an important next step in intentionally recognizing and centering the needs of asexual students in our collective work.

Tue, Sep, 25, 2018

For the future—we’ve re-launched the entire MBLGTACC website

For the past two years, members of the Institute’s volunteer staff have been working with campus planning teams to test new features, build long-term infrastructure, and collect feedback on how we can best provide information that attendees, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors need to know.

Mon, Jun, 4, 2018

Institute statement on SCOTUS opinion in Masterpiece case

Masterpiece comprises an array of unique facts and circumstances, and some initial news and analysis has been more confusing than helpful. Here, we’re addressing the context of this case, some basic facts and implications, and leaving you with some ways to get involved and stay involved.

Fri, Apr, 27, 2018

Institute raises over $1K on Give OUT Day

Our humble, but growing, network of friends comprises students, former MBLGTACC planners, university staff, partners, and others took the opportunity to support us because they believe in our mission and in our impact.

Sat, Mar, 31, 2018

Non-binary visibility and possibility models

Drwencke: "I am hopeful by demanding to be seen as genderqueer and connecting with others, I can make a difference. I can be a possibility model for the next generation."

Sat, Mar, 31, 2018

Trans and gender non-conforming identity: The limit does not exist

Mustafa: "... transness is not an end point. There really isn’t an end point to gender exploration. And making that visible, the exploration of it all, is critical. "

Sat, Mar, 31, 2018

The cost of trans visibility

Brooks: "The cost of visibility when you’re trans+ is inflated, complicated to supply when the cis demand is for both your transparency and your secrecy."

Sat, Mar, 31, 2018

Without regrets, apologies, or equivocation

Guffey: "Trans visibility has given me a second lease on life and is allowing me to truly be me, all of me, without regrets, apologies, or equivocation. That is what visibility means to me."

Mon, Mar, 19, 2018

Support students: Pay it forward this Give OUT Day, April 19

During the day-long event, we'll be raising critically needed funds that support our ongoing work to connect, educate, and empower queer and trans+ college students in the Midwest. Can we count on your support?

Sat, Feb, 24, 2018

Institute leaders, board members host State of the Region

Speaking to conference attendees, panelists shared about their work in higher education, nonprofit, and private sectors, and how "the work" is an integral part of their community engagement, service, and advocacy.

Mon, Feb, 19, 2018

In 2019, MBLGTACC heads to Kansas for the first time

Following a successful bid, the MBLGTACC Oversight Committee awarded the honor of hosting the 2019 conference to students from Wichita State University. The 27th annual MBLGTACC will be held in Wichita from Feb. 15-17, 2019.

Sat, Feb, 17, 2018

Drwencke, Brooks welcome MBLGTACC attendees in Omaha

Executive Director Justin Drwencke and Director of Operations R.B. Brooks welcomed students and community members to the 26th annual MBLGTACC this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tue, Feb, 6, 2018

Institute to host 2nd annual State of the Region at MBLGTACC

Join the Institute as members of its leadership team and board of directors highlight some of the major issues facing queer and trans+ individuals in our region. The 2nd annual State of the Region panel will take place at MBLGTACC in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mon, Feb, 5, 2018

Anderson, Guffey, Morton join Institute as inaugural board members

We’re delighted to welcome the Matt Anderson, Bryan Guffey, and TK Morton to the Institute’s board of directors. This represents a critical step in the development of our organization and in better serving students throughout the region.

Tue, Jan, 2, 2018

A year of firsts: the Institute releases inaugural annual report, ‘Impact’

The Institute’s first full year of operation is now behind us, and we’re proud to share with our students, friends, and other stakeholders the Institute’s inaugural annual report, Impact.

Mon, Dec, 18, 2017

Bring MBLGTACC to your campus in 2020!

Each February, MBLGTACC makes one Midwest community a destination for a diverse gathering of 2000+ college students. It's the nation's largest and longest-held college conference for queer and trans+ students. And it's proudly student-run. Bid to bring MBLGTACC to your campus!