Connect. Educate. Empower.

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 27-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.

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

Actress Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) delivered a keynote to thunderous applause during MBLGTACC 2015 at Illinois State University.

Spread the word: #MBLGTACC2021

The 29th annual MBLGTACC will take place from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. The theme for the weekend of empowerment, education, and connection is From Protest, Beyond Pride, and will be led by student organizers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College. To be among the first to know about updates and announcements, be sure to connect with the Institute and MBLGTACC planners:

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A conference for all of us

Each February, MBLGTACC makes one Midwest community a destination for a diverse gathering of 2000+ college students. Programming at the conference reflects and respects 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. 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. At MBLGTACC, there is something for all of us.

MBLGTACC celebrates a quarter-century

MBLGTACC and the Institute

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 27 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 directive to guarantee adequate consultation and support is provided to campus planners and to ensure consistency in the quality of the MBLGTACC experience; to guarantee diversity, equity, and inclusion; and to grow the capacity of the organization beyond the annual February conference.

Institute Director of Operations R.B. Brooks (left) and Executive Director Justin Drwencke (right) welcome attendees at MBLGTACC 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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