Our programs

The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity develops and produces programs that advance knowledge of diverse sexualities and genders, empower queer and trans students to inspire sustainable change, and build community among queer and trans students in the Midwest.

Our programs are rooted in our organization's guiding philosophy and in our mission, vision, and values. If you're interested in a programming collaboration, please contact R.B. Brooks.


Credit: Tyler Williams / Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity
Credit: Tyler Williams / Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity

The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC) is an annual conference held to connect, educate, and empower queer and trans+ college students, faculty, and staff around the Midwest and beyond.Through a mix of workshops, keynotes, entertainment, and social activities, attendees come together to learn and grow through the knowledge and experiences of others.

Over its nearly 30-year history, MBLGTACC has attracted advocates and thought leaders including Angela Davis, Robyn Ochs, Janet Mock, Patrisse Cullors, Kate Bornstein, Faisal Alam, and LZ Granderson; and entertainers and artists including Jujubee, Margaret Cho, J Mase III, Chely Wright, and Loren Cameron.

To date, MBLGTACC is America's largest and oldest continuously-held conference for queer and trans+ college students. And it remains proudly student-run.

Take the Last Bite podcast

Take the Last Bite is a direct counter to the Midwest Nice mentality— highlighting advocacy and activism by queer/trans communities in the Midwest region. Through each episode, we're aiming to unearth the often disregarded and unacknowledged contributions of queer and trans folks to social change through interviews, casual conversations and reflections on Midwest queer time, space, and place.

New episodes are released bi-weekly on Tuesdays.

Transgender Justice Teach-In

The Transgender Justice Teach-In is dedicated to centering trans, nonbinary, and intersex knowledge, experiences, and liberation.

Our inaugural event, "The rise of a trans abolitionist vision," brought into conversation Justin Toliver, Dominique Morgan, Qui Alexander, and Ar'Tesha Saballos.

Queer Policy Series

The Queer Policy Series is designed to bring diverse audiences together to examine policies at various levels that impact queer and trans students and youth, and that introduce tools and frameworks for effecting policy changes that embrace and affirm diverse sexualities and genders.

Our inaugural event, "Trans policy issues: Why are we talking about sports?," brought into conversation Katie Barnes, feature writer for ESPN; Chris Mosier, Olympic Trials athlete and founder of TransAthlete.com; and Naomi Goldberg, deputy director and LGBTQ programs director of the Movement Advancement Project.

Support our programs

Our work is made possible through the generous financial support of grassroots donors. We invite you to join us with a monthly or one-time gift. Your donation provides space for queer and trans students to experience the joy of being in community and help remove barriers to accessing queer- and trans-centered spaces.

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