The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference is an annual LGBTA conference that is hosted at a different college each year. The three-day conference, which began in 1993, has grown to include over 90 educational workshops on various topics that affect LGBTA people, as well as a variety of inspirational keynote speakers and entertainment.
How big is it?
Big. It is the largest LGBTA college conference in the nation, and about 1,700 college students attend each year. Individuals bid two years in advance for the right to host it.
When and where will MBLGTACC 2014 be held?
MBLGTACC 2014 will be held February 7-9, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center and the Marriott in the heart of Downtown Kansas City.
This is the first time the conference will be held in Missouri.
What are the workshops about?
Though some workshops are led by professionals, most are led by students (both guests and students of the host school). Workshop presenters must submit a proposal to be reviewed by the MBLGTACC 2014 Planning Coalition before they may be accepted and scheduled for a certain time slot and location. 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.
Who can attend?
The conference is not limited to students from the Midwest. College students and their advisers from across the U.S. and the world are encouraged to attend!
Why should I attend?
MBLGTACC is an opportunity for LGBTA students and their allies and advisers to meet in a safe and supportive environment to learn and discuss issues of importance to the LGBTA community and other communities. 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. The conference brings people from many walks of life together to address issues that affect themselves, the LGBTA community and our world as a whole.
What are the goals of the conference?
While the specific theme of the conference changes each year, overall the conference serves to educate and unify the LGBTA community while providing a safe and supportive forum for discourse about issues that impact the community.
The theme for MBLGTACC 2014 is “Jazzin’ It Up.”
How is MBLGTACC organized?
MBLGTACC is a decentralized organization and is primarily organized by the host school. An Oversight Committee does exist, and consists of members representing the current conference, the following year’s conference and two delegates from each U.S. state represented at the conference. The host school facilitates the meeting of the Oversight Committee during the conference.
Who is organizing MBLGTACC?
The MBLGTACC 2014 Planning Coalition is led by a group of students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
How will MBLGTACC 2014 be funded?
We are raising funds from registration and advertisement fees, University of Missouri-Kansas City departments, UMKC alumni, local businesses, corporations, Kansas City-area groups and other organizations across Missouri, the Midwest and the nation. We will also be applying for grants and seeking larger sponsorships from national corporations.
What is the history of MBLGTACC?
The idea for the conference was conceived in 1991. After a number of organizing conferences, the first Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay College Conference (as it was called then) was held in 1993.