Workshops & Tracks

The heart of MBLGTACC 2024 will be the broad selection of 60 minute breakout sessions, most peer-led, across Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27.

When announced this fall, selected sessions will be included in our program booklet and listed online—tagged by format and, when applicable, curated into themed tracks.

Format: Types of breakout sessions

A breakout session's format gives you important information about the experience, how it will be delivered, and the extent to which you, as an attendee, may expect to participate:

  • Knowledge Builder: Workshop presenters (individuals or panels) will share specific content, research, knowledge, and/or history with the audience. Sessions may include Q&A from the audience, but this isn’t required.

  • Application & Decompression: These sessions provide the “what’s next” implicitly or explicitly and help attendees break down the information they’ve learned and prepare to apply it after leaving MBLGTACC. Audience participation and experiences are encouraged in these sessions.

  • Facilitated Conversation: Workshop presenters will engage the audience in a discussion about a topic or shared experience. Audience participation and experiences are centered in these sessions.

  • Skill Lab: These sessions feature hands-on demonstrations that provide a tangible outcome or product.

Tracks: Curating sessions by topic

A track is a curated series of workshops centered around a common theme or topic, creating opportunities for deeper engagement and helping attendees align their schedules and interests.

  • Art, Media & Design: Queer and trans folks know a thing or two about entertainment, content creation, media, and design! Whether the goal is advocacy for a cause, mobilizing people around an injustice, strengthening a community through art and music, or bringing laughter and joy to your followers, media and content creation is a strong tool for gender justice and sexual liberation.

  • Change on College Campuses: College campuses are key areas of influence for our conference attendees. The history of higher education is rife with instances in which queer and trans people are underrepresented in programming, initiatives, and opportunities. College students, educators, and practitioners play an integral role in expanding possibilities for our communities on campuses and improving campus climate for marginalized people.

  • Justice, Activism, & Protest: Justice and rights will never be handed over by oppressive systems. They must be demanded. College campuses, urban centers, and rural communities have all been sites for direct action, protests, and other forms of activism in recent years specifically around issues of racial justice, police brutality, student loan debt, and climate catastrophes. Queer and trans folks are highly represented among those on the front lines, in medic tents, and leading mutual aid projects

  • Self & Community Care: Experiences of burnout, disruptions to existing organization and education efforts, and constantly reacting to waves of injustice have weighed heavily on queer and trans communities. It is essential we dedicate time and attention to pleasure, joy, wellness, and healing in order to sustain ourselves, our communities and our movement.

  • Small-Town Queerness: Communities outside of urban spaces are often disregarded by political campaigning and resource allocation, leaving marginalized communities to manifest their own models of advocacy, organizing, and activism. By focusing on the work being done in rural communities to bridge resource gaps, build extensive communities, and combat small town conservative ideologies, we expand our toolkit of possible tactics and strategies for social change.

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