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Midwest College Conference for LGBT students and allies February 2nd, 2013
Midwest College Conference for LGBT students and allies

Next week is a conference that if you’re within driving distance of Michigan, you’re going to want to attend.  It is MBLGTACC, or the Midwest Bi Lesbian Gay Trans Ally College Conference.  It’s the 21st annual meeting, and it is hosted at a different midwestern college or university every year.

There are going to be about 1,700 college kids there and over 90 sessions you can participate in.  According to the event website, “workshop topics are about the intersections of LGBTA identities and race; religion; gender; sex; disability; history; education and schools; health; politics; allyship; homelessness; professionalism; leadership; HIV/AIDS; and more.”  This year’s event theme is ”Mosaic: Putting the Pieces Together.”

You don’t have to be from the midwest to attend (although it is easier, since Michigan at this time of year is covered with snow.)  Next year’s conference is in Missouri – definitely plan ahead so you can be there.  Often, the college groups that organize the event also help people find a place to crash while in town, so don’t let cost be an object.

Why attend MBLGTACC?  ”Many people in the LGBTA community do not have families that are similarly-identified, so we learn about ourselves primarily from our peers and the LGBTA elders we may know.  MBLGTACC is a great resource because it allows college students from all over the country to come together for a few days to learn and grow through the knowledge and experiences of others.”  It is the largest conference for gay college-age youth in the nation, and a great way to meet friends.

Check out the conference Facebook page, Facebook eventTwitter account, and website.  Let us know in the comments below, if you have been to a similar conference before, and if you plan to attend this year!


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