February 17, 2017 12:00 am

Navy Pier, Chicago

Patrisse will be a keynote speaker at this year’s MBLGTACC along with Jennicet Gutierrez, co-founder of La Familia, a trans queer liberation movement.

MBLGTACC will be at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL the weekend of February 17-19. This year’s conference is being hosted by the Chicago Coalition of Queer and Allied Students (CCQAS). CCQAS is the first collegiate coalition of schools to host the conference since the first MBLGTACC in 1993, when it was hosted by Iowa State University and Drake University. The theme for MBLGTACC 2017 is United in Solidarity and will be the 25th anniversary of the conference. The conference will focus not only on celebrating the various identities within the LGBTQ community but also discussing the unique oppression faced by various members of the community and how to resist them.

The Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) is an annual LGBTQ three-day conference hosted by Midwestern colleges and universities in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Created in 1993, MBLGTACC includes a variety of workshops, activities, speakers, and entertainment that touch on issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ+ people. MBLGTACC serves as a space for all LGBTQ+ people as well as allies. Everyone is encouraged to attend, even students who do not hail from the Midwest. Registration is open to all interested.

MBLGTACC provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ students, allies, and advisers to come together and celebrate diverse identities. Through workshops, shows, and activities, college students from all over the country can learn and grow from the many walks of life they’ll discover at the conference. MBLGTACC allows college students to celebrate the many identities that comprise the LGBTQ+ community. The conference is funded through fundraisers, registration fees, and donations from both individuals and corporate sponsors. We are seeking partnerships with various LGBTQ organizations in different Chicago neighborhoods and the city at large.

We are excited for you to join us in 2017 to celebrate #25QueerYears. And while we use this hashtag to celebrate all of those under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, we recognize the folks who do not use “queer” to identify themselves and assure you that MBLGTACC 2017 is a safe place for you as well.