7 things you need to know before coming to MBLGTACC

Coming to MBLGTACC? Attending a bustling conference in a new city can be a lot to handle, even for the experienced among us. To be sure you’re prepared for our 29th annual gathering, From Protest and Beyond Pride, we’ve assembled a list of the top five things you’ll need to know.

Please monitor your email later this week for a special check-in notification and instructions.

  1. Your paid order gets you through the door
    To be admitted to the conference, an attendee’s registration must be paid. For delegations sponsored by their college or university, the primary point of contact must provide proof that a college or university check has been remitted by mail.

    Login to your account to see if your order has been paid →

  2. Accessibility: making MBLGTACC a conference for all of us
    MBLGTACC planners and the Institute are committed to the accessibility of the conference for all attendees. While most attendees disclose their accessibility questions or requests during the registration process and before the deadline, we recognize that sometimes people make mistakes, register late, or things just come up. Let us know if you may need a last minute accommodation, and we’ll do what we can with the resources available.

    Contact: Katherine Charek Briggs (katherine.charekbriggs@wisc.edu), assistant director of the UW-Madison Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

  3. Do NOT miss this keynote lineup...
    MBLGTACC 2021 will kick off with a virtual featured session from Curly Velazquez, followed later on by the Friday keynote from Mia Mingus. M. Adams will address attendees on Saturday.

    Learn more about conference keynotes and entertainment →
    Download a PDF of the conference program →

  4. Think ahead about your parking and transportation needs
    We will have an accessible bus running a circuit between the conference center and the hotels all weekend. We also have accessible taxi vouchers for you—just let us know you need one (lgbt@studentlife.wisc.edu)! The hotel shuttles and city buses are still also available.

    Paid parking is available at and near Monona Terrace. Madison itself has active local transit and is surrounded by several major roadways and ready access to Amtrak and Dane County Regional Airport.

    Plan ahead for your ground transportation needs →

  5. Are you attending virtually? Access content through Discord!
    We have a full virtual community space set up for you. Join other participants on your computer or on the free mobile app to keep connected during and after the conference. Find conversation threads, resources, and Zoom links for every keynote and workshop session. And join identity spaces and hangout channels to chat about pets, plants, outfits of the day, gayming, crafting, and more.

    Join MBLGTACC on Discord now →

  6. COVID-19 mitigation
    Dane County, where Madison is, requires masking indoors. Presenters will be wearing masks with clear panels. 

    We encourage you to follow social distancing measures in indoor conference spaces. We also ask everyone to carry these practices into other establishments you enter while visiting. You can find information about the Monona Terrace COVID-19 policies on the Monona Terrace website

    Finally, we highly recommend you get a COVID-19 test before and five days after attending the conference to help keep yourselves and others safe. If you begin to feel symptoms while at the conference, please self-isolate. You can find tests locally in Madison, WI through the Madison & Dane County website. We also recommend that all attendees download the Wisconsin Exposure Notification App to help contact tracing in the event of illness.

  7. Dress for the weather
    The Weather Channel is forecasting temperatures between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit for Madison during the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the conference.

Is there more information you think folks need to know? Send us a message at mblgtacc.org/contact or drop your Q into our DMs.

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