We plant our feet firmly in the present and dream of futures where joy, liberation, love, safety, possibility, and abundance are our collective reality. The work of cultivating these futures is both shared and individual, and it grows upon the fights and efforts of those before us. At a time of unprecedented and renewed political, legal, cultural, and personal attacks at our very humanity, we cannot stop this work. We are secure in the belief that queer activisms of the future must center the needs of the most marginalized to achieve these dreams for all. We remain committed to cultivating MBLGTACC as a space where this work can land, take root, and bear fruit. And most of all, we believe that when we work together to advocate and act for justice, our potential for positive change is limitless.
The state-of-the-art, award-winning Greater Columbus Convention Center is one of the busiest convention centers in North America. The facility offers the South Café & Marketplace for quick-service dining, with additional dining located across the street from the Arena District and Short North Arts District. Amenities also include a free-standing nursing parent's room, an enclosed skybridge to the official conference hotel partner—Hilton Columbus Downtown—and robust WiFi service throughout.
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.
Each year, MBLGTACC makes one Midwest community a destination for a diverse gathering of 2000+ college students. Programming at the conference reflects and honors this diversity.
With over 70 workshops on LGBTQIA+ and intersectional topics and interests, plus keynotes from leading advocates and performances from popular entertainers, the conference and its many programs and opportunities catalyze conversation and action around issues that affect us as individuals, as a community, and as citizens of the world. Over its 30-year history, MBLGTACC has attracted advocates and thought leaders including Angela Davis, Robyn Ochs, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Kate Bornstein, Faisal Alam, and LZ Granderson; and entertainers and artists including Jujubee, Margaret Cho, J Mase III, Chely Wright, and Loren Cameron.
And from programming to accommodations to hospitality, the conference is designed to meet the needs of all students. We welcome attendees to join us as accomplices in holding ourselves accountable.
To date, MBLGTACC is America's largest and oldest continuously-held conference for queer and trans+ college students.
The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity represents a new chapter in the broader, prouder history of a movement of students dedicated to building queer success in the Midwest. Over the past 30 years, MBLGTACC has become a destination and refuge for LGBTQIA+ and ally students to engage with their peers from around the region and the nation.
The Institute was formed in 2016 with a mandate to provide robust strategic and operational support for conference operations and campus planning teams; to continue improving the MBLGTACC experience for all attendees and partners; to relentlessly pursue diversity, equity, and inclusion in value and practice; and to grow the capacity of the organization beyond the annual conference.
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