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MOCC 2012 Feature Presenter: Kate Bornstein

What can one Tweet do? Let you know that Kate Bornstein, self-described author, performer, and advocate for teens, freaks & other outlaws, is coming to your town! We saw that Kate was going to be in the Twin Cities for a book fair Saturday October 12, so we thought let’s invite her to MOCC2012! Thanks to the support of SHIFT MN and University of MN GLBTA Programs Office, Kate will be leading a featured presentation on Sunday October 14.

Follow Kate on Twitter and check out her blog, Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Present Danger!


MOCC 2012 Feature Presenter: Bloggers from Everyone is Gay

With the support of Campus Pride, Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid from the blog Everyone Is Gay will have a featured presentation at MOCC 2012 on Saturday October 13.

Taken from their web site:

HISTORY: Founded in 2010 by Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid, Everyone Is Gay began as an advice website for all with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth. Through an integration of humor, honesty, and pictures of kittens on several social media outlets, Kristin and Dannielle found that they were able to support these youth while keeping them laughing. In 2011, Everyone Is Gay began visiting schools and community centers to reach a larger audience and to continue promoting a message of equality.

VISION: Everyone Is Gay envisions and works to create a future where people are kind to one another, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity; a future where we allow ourselves to connect across socially constructed divides through laughter and honesty; a future where human equality is realized through accessible, daily acts of change.

MISSION: Everyone Is Gay is an advice website for all, with an emphasis on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. The website uses humor and honesty to support these youth, to dialogue with others in the LGBTQ community, and to simultaneously keep everyone laughing. Everyone Is Gay also works to increase awareness at high school and college campuses through an ongoing, nationwide tour.

Source: About Us!

Don’t forget to check out fabulous MOCC2012 sponsor, Campus Pride:

Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

Founded in the Fall of 2001 and launched a year later in October of 2002, Campus Pride started as an online community and resource clearinghouse under the name Campus PrideNet.  The original founding partners were M. Chad Wilson, Sarah E. Holmes & Shane L. Windmeyer. In 2006, the organization broadened its outreach efforts and restructured as the current educational non-profit organization Campus Pride.  As part of the restructuring process, the Lambda 10 Project for LGBT Fraternity & Sorority Issues ( became an educational initiative of Campus Pride.  The executive director is national LGBT civil rights leader and campus pioneer Shane L. Windmeyer.

Source: What is Campus Pride?

Closing Keynote Speaker for MOCC 2012: Natalie (Klueg) Clark

Thanks to the support of St. Olaf College & Alumni, we are proud to welcome Natalie (Klueg) Clark , a bisexual queer speaker and author and humorist from MN, as our closing keynote speaker on Sunday October 14 at MOCC. Natalie has presented workshops at MOCC since 2007! Excited to have Natalie on the big stage!

Follow Natalie at  and

Saturday Keynote Speaker for MOCC 2012: Coya Artichoker

Thanks to the support of St. Olaf College & Alumni, we are excited to have Coya Artichoker return as a MOCC keynote speaker. Coya Artichoker, a Sicangu Lakota born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation, has been an activist in social justice movements since the age of 15 and is a founding collective member of First Nations Two Spirit Collective. Welcome back!

Check out Coya’s work!

Coya Talks about First Nations Two Spirit Collective.

Opening Keynote Speaker for MOCC 2012: Kye Allums

Thanks to the support of Carleton College, we are proud to welcome Kye Allums, the first transgender man to play NCAA Division I college basketball, as our opening speaker on Friday October 12 at MOCC.

Follow Kye on Twitter and his web site, IMEnough.

To learn more about Kye, who is from St. Paul and a proud memebr of the National Black Justice Coalition’s Leadership Advisory Council, check out the following articles:

Transgender male Kye Allums on the women’s team at GW

A Colonial Transition

LGBT History Month: Kye Allums, first openly transgender NCAA athlete

The Transgender Athlete

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!

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.

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.

Spring Dinner Announced

Why are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender services and programs crucial in this political moment on college campuses? How are our communities stronger when we develop GLBTA student leaders?

Join Minnesota college and university staff, faculty and community members to celebrate, explore these questions and raise funds for the MN Campus Alliance.

Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance Spring Dinner 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009 | 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn – Metrodome

Featured speakers:
Antonio Cardona and Beth Zemsky
Entertainment by Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs

Order your tickets today!
Purchase a table of eight for your department/office or an individual ticket today at

The 2008 Spring Dinner, held at North Hennepin Community College was a huge success. Nearly 200 people from across the state attended.

Do not miss this important opportunity to support the MN Campus Alliance’s work building a statewide network to create affirming and safe environments on college and university campuses.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions: