The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) will hold its 17th annual conference Feb. 13-15, 2009 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The online registration deadline is Friday, February 6, but registration is also available at the conference site. Check out complete details on their site here.
Keynote speakers for the event are ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, ISU Professor Kand McQueen, and The L Word Writer/Director/Producer Rose Troche. Each will bring their own experiences and thoughts to reinforce the theme of the conference "Living Out Loud: Examining The Past To Enhance Our Future".
Featured conference entertainment will be provided by OUTmedia's Queer Riot! featuring comedians Julie Goldman, Marga Gomez, Vidur Kapur, & Jason Stuart and dragapella beautyshop quartet The Kinsey Sicks.
MBLGTACC hosts workshops led by students, faculty, and professionals to educate and motivate students to action. Participants will attend five sessions from a list of over 90 workshops concerning topics such as safe sex, activism basics, creating change on your campus, and ally community building. Featured workshop presenters are Hiding in Hip Hop author Terrance Dean, GLAAD President Neil Giuliano, and filmmaker Beverly Seckinger.
Additional MBLGTACC events and activities include: dance party with local band The Ladyquakes!, live DJ, & drag performances, Queer Shabbat, tours of The Kinsey Institute and IU Art Museum, Lilly Library exhibit on Gay and Lesbian literature, Wandering Turtle Art Gallery GLBT exhibit and reception, screenings of Kinsey and No Dumb Questions, and productions of The Vagina Monologues and Stop Kiss. Meet featured presenters Dean, Giuliano, & Seckinger, network with schools and organizations, purchase treats and queer comics, and much, much more at the resource fair.
Complete conference registration is $60 for all and can be completed online until FRIDAY, FEB. 6. Onsite registration will be available for $75. Tickets for entertainment and keynote speakers only can be purchased at Ticketmaster and the IU Box Office starting Friday Jan. 30. $35 for Fri.-Sun. pass, $25 for Fri.-Sat. pass, and $15 for Sun. only pass. The conference will be wheelchair accessible and will have ASL interpreters at main events.
Again, there's complete conference and contact information available at the MBLGTACC site.