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Thu, Oct, 22, 2020

New Transgender Justice Teach-in brings together trans and queer abolitionists and organizers

The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and the University of Minnesota Duluth's Sexuality & Gender Equity Initiative are collaborating on an upcoming new virtual Transgender Justice Teach-in, "The Rise of a Trans Abolitionist Vision."

Thu, Jun, 4, 2020

We support the rebellions and uplift our Black, Afro-Latinx, and Afro-Indigenous siblings

As the rebellions take place across the U.S. right now, we need to note that some of the most violent acts by police happen right here in the Midwest. We have some of the worst places to live for Black people, especially Black Queer and Trans people. As a majority white queer organization we have a responsibility to hold ourselves and our community accountable.

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.

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, Feb, 13, 2017

Institute to host inaugural State of the Region panel at MBLGTACC

CHICAGO, IL—The State of the Region will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10:20-11:20 AM CST (workshop session 3) at Navy Pier.