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Our staff and the young leaders whose work we support strive tirelessly to affect positive change for LGBTQIA+ students in the Midwest and nationally. We’re also a resource for members of the media and other digital news platforms seeking information on LGBTQIA+ student organizing, inclusive and intersectional higher education practices, and programming, including the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference.

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News for the press

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, Sep, 3, 2020

It’s official: MBLGTACC 2021 is moving to October 8-10

It’s official, and we wanted to let you know as soon as we came to an agreement with all our partners. In full recognition of the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made the decision to move the 29th annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC), previously slated for February 2021, to October 8-10, 2021.

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.

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