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Beyond the Boxes Conference – Workshop Information Now Online!

There is still time to register for the Beyond the Boxes: Emerging Trends
in LGBTQ Mental Health Conference, March 25 & 26, 2010, Coffman Union,
University of Minnesota. Check out our 50 workshops (in community,
clinical and research tracks) and read the workshop descriptions and
presenter bios online. Information about registration, CEUs, and workshops
can be found at:

For more information contact the Conference co-chairs: Irene Greene at or Anne Phibbs at

Trans-Forming Health Care!

The 9th annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC) will be held June 3-5, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Philadelphia, PA). As the country debates healthcare reform, at the center of the debate are issues of  quality of care and access. The political debate may (or may not!) have some resolution by June, 2010, but issues of quality of care and access will continue for trans communities. These will be among the many issues that will be explored through this conference.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Rebecca Allison, MD will be our opening keynote speaker on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Dr. Allison is an accomplished cardiologist, who is currently serving as the president of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association — the first transgender person to hold that position.  A full bio is available at
Kylar Broadus, Esq will be our closing keynote speaker on Saturday, June 5, 2010.  Mr. Broadus is an accomplished attorney and professor, who is currently serving as board chair of the National Black Justice Coalition — the first transgender person to hold that position. A full bio is available at
Changes at PTHC 2010!

This year PTHC is trying something different by making all three days free to the public, with slots each day for workshops targeting both the Community and Providers.  Because of this structure, we are able to provide more workshops for everyone, more time for community building, and more CME’s and CEU’s for those that want them. 

More details about changes and confirmed activities at PTHC 2010 will released as arrangements are finalized.  Be sure to check our website regularly at for the latest updates.

Call for Proposals

The planning committee is currently seeking workshop proposals for the 2010 Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. For medical providers, mental health workers, social workers, clergy, and educators, the conference provides tools needed to provide inclusive services to transgender individuals and our families. For community members, families, partners, and allies, the conference provides tools needed to succeed and thrive within our communities and within our daily lives.
At you can find a list of topics and past workshop descriptions, and propose your own workshops. We are eager to hear your creative ideas!
The final workshop proposal deadline is March 15, 2010. However, earlier submission is strongly encouraged.  The first round of proposal feedback will be March 1, 2010. If you submit your proposal in some form by then, the committee will be able to offer feedback to help you refine your proposal before final decisions are made.

16th Annual BECAUSE Conference on Bisexuality

BECAUSE (Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting Supportive Experience) 2010 will be held April 16-April 18, 2010 at Hamline University. BECAUSE attracts GLBTA students, researchers, artists, and community organizers from throughout the Midwest and beyond.
SAINT PAUL, March 17, 2010– The Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) is excited to announce that online registration for BECAUSE 2010 is now open. BECAUSE, in its 16th year, is the nation’s premier conference primarily dedicated to bisexuality.
BECAUSE is a weekend event for people who identify as bisexual, fluid, pansexual, omnisexual, same gender loving, queer, trans, genderqueer, and those who may be questioning their sexual and/or gender identities. This event also welcomes and provides programming for straight and queer allies to bisexual people.
BECAUSE 2010 will feature an energizing variety of educational programming and social events. The conference kicks off Friday, April 16th with registration opening at 5:30 pm. The evening begins with a welcome ceremony and the presentation of the Bisexual Organizing Project’s second annual Community Recognition Awards. The BECAUSE Conference is also excited to welcome Friday’s keynote speaker Amy Andre to St. Paul. Amy is a writer, activist and the current Executive Director of San Francisco Pride. Amy will be addressing health issues facing bisexual communities. The evening will conclude with networking opportunities.
 On Saturday, April 17th, conference registration and breakfast will commence at 9 am. In addition to a variety of workshops on Saturday, there will be a panel titled “It’s Time: Perspectives on Bisexuality Past, Present and Future”. The panel will be comprised of current and past bisexual activists and allies from across the country, including nationally recognized activist Robyn Ochs. Panel members will discuss their perspectives on bisexuality, bisexual identities and the bisexual movement. Saturday’s events will conclude with the traditional BECAUSE annual cabaret show. Sunday’s events include a brunch with closing keynote Beth Zemsky. “The B in GLBT often gets overlooked, and BECAUSE puts the B in the foreground,” says past attendee Di Schempp, “It’s a great time to meet new people and be a part of the bisexual community.”
To learn more about hotel reservations or how to donate, register, volunteer, present, perform, or advertise at BECAUSE 2010, please visit All donations are tax-deductible. The registration fee is $35 by April 15, or $40 at the door during the conference.
BECAUSE 2010 would not be possible without the generous support from Hamline University, the Rainbow Health Initiative, the Queer Student Cultural Center at the University of Minnesota as well as many generous individuals. For information about becoming a BECAUSE 2010 sponsor, please contact Becky Saltzman at 608-345-2999 or at

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Campus Pride Announces Scholarships

Campus Pride Announces Scholarships
for Summer Leadership Camp 2010
Full & partial scholarships available to LGBT and ally college students across U.S. specifically in NC, SC, GA and InterMountain West Region thanks to grants from the Gamma Mu Foundation, Alliance for Full Acceptance & B.W. Bastian Foundation

(Charlotte, NC, March 10, 2010) –Campus Pride announced today that full and partial scholarships are available to attend the fourth annual Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp.  Lesbian, gay,bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and ally undergraduate student leaders may apply for the scholarships to attend camp from any college across the country. This year camp will be hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee from July 20th through July 25th, 2010.  Apply online at
Numerous scholarships are available to help interested college students who are unable to pay the full camp registration fee. Full and partial scholarships are made possible by grants from the Gamma Mu Foundation (Non-Region Specific), Alliance for Full Acceptance (SC, NC & GA) and the B. W. Bastian Foundation(InterMountain West Region). Campus Pride seeks a diverse cohort of student leaders and these grants assist in this commitment across race, socio-economic, religion and geographical lines. First priority consideration is April 16, 2010 and rolling decisions thereafter.
“Building the next generation of LGBT and ally leaders is our first priority. Campus Pride is very appreciative of these grants to support camp and seek more LGBT and ally youth representation from specific regions of the country — and which reflect a greater diversity of our movement across all identities,” Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride, said.

Students interested in social justice, human rights, and civil rights advocacy will be particularly interested in this leadership opportunity. Unlike any other camp,the Campus Pride Camp blends social justice leadership training with the traditional kind of bonding opportunities and lifetime friendships that only can be found at camp. The camp mission states that “At the heart of a remarkable leader is a passion and a vision for change.”
The 2010 Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp provides a safe space for LGBT and ally leaders to develop and enhance their leadership skills and understand the importance of social change, education and activism. Campus Pride coordinates the camp with a dozen expert faculty and educators to plan the camp. These faculty and peer educators deliver the five day curriculum of skill building in leadership development, social justice and civic involvement.
For more information about the Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp, please visit Scholarship applications can be found at:, Campus Pride provides ideas and tips for fundraising to go to camp: ( Online registration and more information are available at or by emailing
Believe In — Campus Pride.Campus Pride is the leading national nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) for student leaders and campus organizations working to create safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to give “voice and action” in building future LGBT and ally leaders. More info online at


Upper Midwest LGBT foundation hosts meeting with U.S. Senator Al Franken



MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 18, 2010 – PFund, the only Minnesota foundation dedicated exclusively to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today hosted a meeting with U.S. Senator Al Franken and sixteen leaders from LGBT organizations.

PFund grantees met with Sen. Franken and shared the work each organization does to benefit LGBT and allied people in Minnesota. The meeting included representatives from Avenues for Homeless Youth, Bisexual Empowerment Conference, Family & Children’s Service, Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance, OutFront Minnesota, Rainbow Health Initiative and Rainbow Rumpus.

“PFund works to provide opportunities for our grantees to raise the visibility of their work,” said Greg Grinley, PFund executive director.  “We are incredibly grateful to Sen. Franken for his support and for taking time to hear about the critical issues our grantees are working on.”

Senator Franken highlighted his long-term and unwavering support of LGBT communities. He shared his work to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, his support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) and the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) among other things.

“Senator Franken enjoyed the honest conversation with PFund’s grantees,” said Bethany Snyder,

Director of Field Operations, Office of Senator Franken, “he left the meeting more aware of the

great and needed work of the organizations present. He is energized to continue to work hard for

the LGBT community.”

Organizations present applauded Senator Franken’s commitment to LGBT equality and urged the Senator to remember that LGBT people are affected by the same issues that affect all Americans – quality and affordable healthcare, immigration, economic stability and safe schools.

“I appreciated the opportunity to share our work with Senator Franken,” said Joan Higinbotham, board

member, Rainbow Rumpus. “The conversation was valuable for us as well as the Senator.”


The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) is an annual conference held to promote leadership, activism, networking, diversity, health, and empowerment among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Allied students, staff, and faculty around the United States and Canada. It is the largest and oldest regional Queer college conference in North America.
The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance provides transportation to MBLGTACC when it is held outside of Minnesota. In February 2009, we took students students, staff and community members f 12 colleges to the conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Register NOW to get a seat on a charter bus to the 2010 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference! The 2010 conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin. See the conference website for more details:
The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance provides transportation to this conference each year for students, staff, faculty, and community members.  Seats are $54 per person and scholarships are available to students who qualify.
Deadline to Sign-Up: February 10, 2010
Buses Schedule (Tentative)
February 19, 2010
Bus#1 *There is also a shuttle service from Grand Forks to St.Cloud to catch the bus-an additional $26 will apply for these riders*
Departs Duluth TBD
Arrives St. Cloud TBD
Departs St. Cloud TBD
Arrives Minneapolis or St. Paul TBD
Departs Minneapolis or St. Paul TBD
Arrives Madison, WI approx 6pm
Departs Marshall TBD
Arrives Mankato TBD
Departs Mankato TBD
Arrives Minneapolis or St. Paul TBD
Departs Minneapolis or St. Paul TBD
Arrives River Falls, WI TBD
Departs River Falls, Wi TBD
Arrives Madison, WI approx 6pm
We will depart Madison between Noon and 1pm on Sunday February 21, 2010.
Please fill out the following form to register for the bus. Please contact with questions, comments, concerns, scholarships, or to cancel your reservation(s).
Forward this information to interested friends and colleagues in MN!

MN Campus Alliance Board Positions Open

The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance is searching for Board members:

At-Large Representatives (3)
Approximately 10 hours per month.
The At-Large Representatives’ responsibilities include acting as pipelines for the MN Campus Alliance; serving on the Outreach Committee; and working to promote Training and Education Initiatives.
Eligibility Requirements
The At-Large Representatives, at the time of their election, must be a resident of the state of Minnesota, or primarily engaged within the state of Minnesota.

Finance Coordinator
Approximately 40 hours per month.
The Finance Coordinator’s responsibilities include chairing the Finance Committee; maintaining the MN Campus Alliance finances; collecting receipts and sending out invoices and reimbursements with respect to all financial transactions; completing and reporting financial statements and recent financial activities at each Board meeting; insuring the timely and accurate submission of all taxes and financial documentation to the IRS and MDR; overseeing the MN Campus Alliance’s budget in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; and working with the Development Coordinator and Co-Chairs to create budgets and projected goals for fundraising.
Eligibility Requirements The Finance Coordinator, at the time of their election, must be a resident of the state of Minnesota, or primarily engaged within the state of Minnesota.

Internal Relations Coordinator
Approximately 40 hours per month.
The Internal Relations Coordinator is responsible for writing Board meeting agendas; writing meeting minutes; scheduling times, reserving rooms, and handling all technology needs for all Board meetings; collecting and distributing minutes from all MN GLBTA Campus Alliance Board and committee meetings; making minor web updates; and coordinating and collecting context for the Campus Resource Guide.
Eligibility Requirements
The Internal Relations Coordinator, at the time of their election, must be a registered students, staff, or faculty member at a Minnesota institution of higher education.

Please contact the Co-Chairs, Andrew Nemcek Zahorsky & Amanda Clark at with any questions! If you would like to be considered for a  position please email us with:  what position you are interested in, a short biography (100 words or less), and contact information.

Now Available: Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference Registration

Register now for the 2009 Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference at McNally Smith College of Music (November 14-15).

Either of these links will take you to our online registration system.

See the main RSVP page:

To Register Online:

(Note: Please continue checking back at for any updated details about the event schedule as the conference draws near.)

The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance strives to build a statewide network of individuals and organizations working for equality and justice on issues of gender and sexual diversity; empower the voices of groups that are underserved and underrepresented in our campus communities; and create welcoming, affirming, and safe environments on college and university campuses throughout the state of Minnesota. (

The 4th Annual Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference on November 14-15, 2009 is our premier annual statewide conference that discusses issues facing GLBTA students, staff, and faculty on college and university campuses across Minnesota.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Join us for a community-building conference featuring keynote trainings, workshop sessions, caucus and mentorship space, and a resource fair.

9:00 am – 5:30 pm – Conference Workshops & Programming at McNally Smith
5:30 pm – Dinner and Evening Activities are To Be Announced…

Sunday, November 15, 2009 – minor adjustments to schedule may be made

9:00 am – Morning Energizing Activity
10:00 am – Networking Brunch
11:30 am – Closing Keynote (Eli Clare)

*Caucuses and Voting for Regional Representatives to the Campus Alliance Executive Board will take place during the conference.


A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at a conference rate of $79 per night at the Hilton Garden Inn St. Paul City Center, a short distance from the college. Please ask for the Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference rate when booking.



Sebastian Margaret’s involvement with disability culture, anti- oppression and community work spans some 25 years. In both England and in North America he has presented, trained and consulted on disability rights as a bedrock issue for social justice movements and service providers.

Born and raised in Yorkshire, U.K, Sebastian is a disability activist, a trans/ gender-variant queer and a parent of young children. He currently lives in New Mexico, where he pays the bills working as a personal attendant. Through his small business Access Change he provides trainings and consults nationally on disability justice for progressive organizations and direct service providers.

Greatly informed by an analysis of power and privilege and the necessity of racial and economic justice and community self determination; Sebastian’s work is deeply influenced by a commitment to cross disability access and a strong working class approach to inclusion and social justice politics. A trained advocate and experienced anti-violence provider, his involvement in service provision is rooted in a client centered, and harm reduction model.

Currently Sebastian is working on the development of anti-racism  workshops and trainings specifically tailored for disability activists and community members. His workshops are engaging interactive and audience-centric. As an experienced trainer and community educator Sebastian’s trainings offer organizations and personnel a powerful learning experience without complicity to either tokenism or voyeurism.


White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare has a B.A. in Women’s Studies, a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and most importantly a penchant for rabble-rousing. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first-ever Queerness and Disability Conference. He has spoken all over the United States at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Eli is the author of a book of essays Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (South End Press, 1999) and a collection of poetry The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion (Homofactus Press, 2007) and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies.


Workshop topics will include gender identity and expression, sexuality, building and maintaining Gay Straight Alliances and other campus organizations, disability and queerness, anti-racism work, economic justice, music, art, technology, and MORE!


The registration fee is $30 for each student, faculty, and staff member, though no one will be turned away for lack of funding. You will receive information about our online registration system. Please keep checking your email checking back at our website for more information about registration..

On-site registration may be available, up to 200 total participants, but please pre-register if you can to help us account for meals and seats available.


There will be an opportunity for organizations, vendors and exhibitors to set up tables at MOCC to share work and information about events and services with conference attendees. There is no cost to table, but tabling staff who intend to attend workshop events and eat meals on-site should register for the conference. To sign up for a table, please contact


Interested in volunteering at MOCC?  We appreciate your help!  Please contact to get involved.


For more information, to register, propose a workshop, volunteer, sign-up for exhibitor space, ask questions, get involved, etc — please contact
Hope to see you there!

MN GLBTA Campus Alliance makes new in Grand Forks Herald!

Grand Cities Pride celebrates its second year
Ryan Johnson – 05/30/2009

More than 150 people stopped by the town square in downtown Grand Forks on Saturday afternoon for the second annual Grand Cities Pride. The event was a celebration for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, or GLBT, people from all around the region. Multiple vendors and display tables set up around the area to provide information and help get the message out to the public. MJ Kroll and Alicia Leafgreen, both from Minneapolis, were at the afternoon celebration and performed at a drag show at Sensations later in the night. Kim Jorgensen, co-chair of Grand Cities Pride, said things went pretty well Saturday. One nice thing was the sunny, warm day — she said it snowed in the morning May 10, 2008, when the first pride was held in the city. But besides enjoying the pleasant weather, Jorgensen said the event was for anyone in the region to have a good time and help spread awareness. “It’s really important to bring some visibility to Grand Forks,” she said. “There is a GLBT presence in Grand Forks. This is a celebration that we’re prideful.” Jorgensen said the event is fairly new and organizers are always looking to make the next one bigger and better. A meeting is scheduled at 2 p.m. today at Mamma Maria’s in East Grand Forks for anyone interested in helping plan next year’s event. For more information or to offer to help, e-mail or visit Presence everywhere Chris Stoner, the other co-chair of Grand Cities Pride, said this year’s pride featured more events but was pretty comparable to the celebration in 2008. He was hopeful that the event would let everybody relax and enjoy the day together. “I think we just wanted people to come and have a day to celebrate, to have a good time and not worry about all the ugly stuff that’s out there,” he said. Becky Saltzman, a native of Minneapolis and the diversity and inclusion coordinator of the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance, was at the town square to provide more information on efforts her group is taking at universities across the region. It was her first time in Grand Forks, and said she really enjoyed the “community-based” pride here compared with the sometimes overtly corporate prides in larger cities. “People seem to want to come here… to be with the people,” she said. Saltzman said it’s important for people to know that the GLBT community does have a presence everywhere, even in smaller towns or rural areas. It’s also important for gays or lesbians in these communities to be proud, she said. “If you go into a community expecting not be supported, the only person laying down is yourself,” she said. “People who identify as GLBT are everywhere. We’re not just in Hollywood and not just in the arts.” Reach Johnson at (701) 780-1105; (800) 477-6572, ext. 105; or send e-mail to

MBLGTACC 2009 Bus Signup


Register now to get a seat on a charter bus to the 2009 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference! The 2009 conference will be held in Bloomington, Indiana.
The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance will provide transportation to this conference for students, staff, faculty, and community members.  Seats are currently estimated at $80.00 per person and scholarships are available to students who need them. Checks should be made payable to MN Campus Alliance (Cash also accepted, ask about other forms of payment.) All passengers will receive details via email, including final costs and trip itinerary, after the deadline.
Deadline to Sign-Up: February 2, 2009
Buses will depart on Thursday, February 11, 2009 from a Twin Cities location and time to be determined. A designated parking lot or ramp will be reserved (hopefully at little or no cost). There will be a layover in Mankato to pick up passengers from the southern regions, then we will depart Mankato approximately 11:00 pm on February  11 and arrive in Bloomington, Indiana on Friday morning (Feb 12). We will return at approximately 2:00am on Monday, February 16, 2009 to Mankato and Twin Cities drop-off points (details subject to change.)
To reserve seats please send the following information to
  • Name(s) of passengers
  • Institution/Organization with which you are affiliated
  • Phone number and email for each passenger
  • Special Accommodations Needed
  • Info about hotel rooms if you have extra space or need extra space to share
  • Other questions about their conference or transportation
Email with questions, comments, concerns or to cancel your reservation(s). Forward this information to your friends and colleagues in Minnesota!