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Announcements, news and information about the Minnesota GLBTA community

MOCC 2012!!!

Hey everyone!! MOCC 2012 is officially a go. This year’s Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference will be October 12-14 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The theme is Creating Cohesive Communities: Sharing Perspectives and Celebrating DiversityThe intent of the theme is to implore you (attendees) to consider the viewpoints and processes of other students and campuses, while contemplating how best to implement effective strategies in your own unique environments. The steering committee is comprised entirely of students, and we want to hear from you! If you have any great ideas, things you loved at past MOCCs, and/or stuff you want to see in the future, please email the committee at We want to this to be a conference for youth, by youth, to empower youth, so please do not hesitate to let us know your thoughts!

Below is a highly tentative schedule for the conference. It is subject to (and probably will) change. We will also add additional information as it becomes available.

Friday, October 12th

5:30. PM Registration (Ongoing)
7:00. PM Welcome
7:30. PM Opening Plenary
8:30. PM Dance Break
8:45. PM Let There Be Light

Saturday, October 13th

8:00. AM                                 Registration (Ongoing)
9:00. AM – 10:00. AM     Workshop Session 1
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM          Workshop Session 2
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM           Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM                Workshop Session 3
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM             Workshop Session 4
3:45 – 4:45 PM                      Featured Workshops
5:00 PM – 5:45 PM             Caucuses
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM             Dinner (On your own)
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM            Plenary 2
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM         Entertainment

Sunday, October 14th

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM      Workshop Session 5
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM    Workshop Session 6
11:00 AM – Noon            Closing Plenary



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!

Coming Out Day Luncheon & Business Equality Conference

The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance is proud to be a community partner of Quorum, the Twin Cities GLBT and Applied Chamber of Commerce, as they present Minnesota’s 16th annual National Coming Out Day Luncheon and the first Quorum Business Equality Conference.

Join us this Friday, October 16, as our community celebrates the strength, courage and wisdom of GLBT and Allied people who live openly and authentically. GLBTA businesses and community organizations will share information about their valuable work in the Exhibitor area. Inspiring speakers will challenge and inspire you with their powerful stories, including:

  • Andrea Jenkins—artist, writer, activist; Senior Policy Aide, Minneapolis City Council Ward 8; 2009 Power of One Award Recipient
  • Robert and Carol Curoe—authors of the groundbreaking memoir, Are There Closets in Heaven?
  • Deb LeMay—Executive Director, PFLAG Saint Paul/Minneapolis
  • Shelly Boyum-Breen—Founder and President, Foundation IX

The day also features the Quorum Business Equality Conference, a day-long intensive learning experience designed to support GLBT employee groups and their companies’ work towards their common goal of fully inclusive, healthy and productive workplaces.

To make your reservations or find more details, visit the Quorum website, or contact the Quorum office at or 651-646-1029.

MN Campus Alliance at Pride Events

Summer has arrived, and with it, area Pride celebrations and festivals are beginning! The MN Campus Alliance will be tabling at numerous events all over the state, so stop by, say hi, and pick up some information to share with your friends.

Following is the list of places we’ll be over the summer months (the times listed reflect the tabling/vendor fairs; many of the festivals include other activities):

  • Youth Pride – Loring Park, Minneapolis. Wednesday, June 4th. 4pm-7pm
  • Fargo-Moorhead Pride – Lindenwood Park, Fargo. Saturday, June 7. 12pm-6pm
  • Pride Revue – Minneapolis Campus of Metropolitian State Univeristy. Friday, June 27.
  • Twin Cities Pride – Loring Park, Minneapolis. Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29.
  • Rochester Pride – Central Park, Rochester. Saturday, July 12. 11am-4pm.
  • Duluth-Superior Pride – Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth. Saturday, August 30. 11am-7pm.
  • South Central Pride – Sibley Park, Mankato. Saturday, September 13. 12pm-5pm.


We will also be marching in at least two parades: the first will be down Hennepin Avenue on Sunday June 29 for Twin Cities Pride, and the other is Saturday, September 13 prior to the festival at South Central Pride. Please join us as we march and ride to share with the state that we are creating connections and uniting for change! You can wear a (soon to be produced) MN Campus Alliance t-shirt, or a shirt with your school or organization’s logo on it. If interested in joining, please email Ryan at

Aliveness Project Announces 2008 Dining Out for Life

On Thursday, April 24, over 130 restaurants are donating a portion of their sales to The Aliveness Project, a local community center for people living with HIV/AIDS.  What a great reason to get a group together for a meal!  Reservations recommended (and do tell them why you’re coming). All you need to donate is your appetite.

Dining Out for Life was voted Lavender Magazine’s “Fabulous Local Fundraiser” of 2007, and the Ambassador position has been featured as KARE 11’s Volunteer Opportunity of the Month.  For more information, check the Dining Out for Life website at

Town Hall Meeting on Transgender Rights with Mara Keisling

Mara KeislingWe hope you can join us for a discussion with one of the most influential leaders in the movement for transgender equality in America. The evening will focus on issues of gender identity that affect our daily lives; including the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Social Security gender-record matching, the Real ID Act, and other issues that create barriers for gender access and equity.

Town Hall Meeting on Transgender Rights with Mara Kiesling

  • Monday, March 31, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Room 25, Mondale Hall, Law School
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
  • 229 19th Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55455
  • Reception to follow in Auerbach Commons at the Law School. 

Mara will share the inside story of what really happened in the recent Congressional battle regarding ENDA, and how United ENDA was able to create the one of the most amazing advocacy campaigns in LGBT history. Most importantly, Mara will discuss what the National Center for Transgender Equality is doing nationally for transgender rights, and what we can all do at a local level.

BECAUSE Conference – March 28-30, 2008

The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance supports BECAUSE ’08: The Midwest Conference on Bisexuality, taking place March 28-30 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities! We encourage you to attend BECAUSE, and there may still be a need for volunteers at the event—please contact Justin at if you can offer much-appreciated help!

BECAUSE ’08 Conference: Label This!

  • Friday, March 28–Sunday, March 30, 2008
  • Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
  • 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

The BECAUSE Conference is the premier weekend for bisexuals, queers, questioning, and all others who are neither one thing nor the other. BECAUSE attracts people from throughout the Midwest and beyond to attend various educational workshops, get active, and generally enjoy the community experience. For information about BECAUSE, including registration, schedule, workshops, directions and more:

MN Campus Alliance joins Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Minnesota Council of NonprofitsThe MN Campus Alliance is now officially a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. The Council is the statewide association of more than 1,850 member nonprofit organizations, founded in 1987 to meet the increasing needs of nonprofits like the MN Campus Alliance. 

Becoming a member will allow the MN Campus Alliance to connect with other grassroots nonprofits, and gain access to resources allowing us to better serve students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members on colleges and universities across the state.

OutFront Minnesota’s justFair Lobby Day on April 17th!

The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance is working in partnership with OutFront Minnesota to get college students, staff, and faculty from across the state to this year’s justFair Lobby Day

On Thursday, April 17, thousands will gather at the capitol to rally for GLBT equality, listen to fabulous speakers, meet personally with their state lawmakers and participate in the Lobby Day Institute, which includes great informational and training sessions.

Be sure to join us for the largest GLBT lobby day in the entire country. Visit OutFront Minnesota’s website for more information.