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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!

Wed, Aug, 9, 2017

Katie Barnes is NLGJA’s 2017 Journalist of the Year

Barnes, the Institute’s chief development officer, is a writer for espnW, where they cover sports and culture. They will be recognized with this award at NLGJA’s September national convention in Philadelphia.

Mon, May, 15, 2017

Cute mugs, good cause: get your MBLGTACC 25th anniversary mug today!

Celebrate MBLGTACC's first quarter century with every cup of the hot beverage of your choice. And, do so proudly knowing that proceeds from your purchase are put to work supporting students.

Sun, May, 14, 2017

Alberts earns graduate degree in education

Robert Alberts, a campus relations coordinator with the Institute, has graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) with a master of science in education, and a focus on school counseling and student affairs.

Mon, Mar, 27, 2017

Institute welcomes Walters, Barth to team

LANSING, MI—The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity is delighted to announce that its team is growing. Please join us in welcoming Michelle Walters and Noah Barth.

Fri, Feb, 24, 2017

Institute statement on withdrawal of federal guidance on trans+ students

The Institute has issued a statement regarding the Trump administration's recent announcement that it is withdrawing federal guidance on Title IX with respect to trans+ students.

Mon, Feb, 20, 2017

Drwencke, Brooks introduce the Institute at MBLGTACC 2017

CEO Justin Drwencke and COO R.B. Brooks introduced the Institute to students and community members attending MBLGTACC this past weekend in Chicago.