TC Pride 2012 Recap + MOCC News

Hello everyone! We hope you aren’t too sunburned from last week’s TC Pride 2012 festivities! We had a fantastic time at the Festival in Loring Park meeting all of you and hearing your stories. Thank you for stopping by and visiting us.

Unfortunately, when we returned Sunday morning to table again we discovered that our supply box, which contains our tabling materials, brochures, MOCC flyers, and email sign up sheets, was missing. We are currently working with the TC Pride Executive Director to find out more information. While we were sad at the loss, we stayed at out all day Sunday! We’ve still got our Pride! We will post a more formal response soon as we find out more details. If you signed up on our email list, please contact us again so we can be in touch! Reach out to us at

By the way, have a fabulous MOCC workshop idea? Proposal applications are live now! Go to this page,, to find out how to submit yours! Registration dates will be announced in July.


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

Message from MOCC Steering Committee

Hello MOCC Attendees,

We are very excited for you to join us on the campus of St Cloud State University this weekend for the 6th annual Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference.

This conference is a chance for you to network and build coalitions with students from all over Minnesota.  You will have the chance to talk about issues and topics that are being faced on campuses and the larger community.  You will also be challenged as well as learn valuable skills to further your developing leadership through several keynote speakers, a movie showing, an out professionals panel, and six sessions of  fun, exciting, and exhilarating workshops.  We will also be providing entertainment both on Friday and Saturday night.  We have a Mas’queer’ade ball on Friday night and on Saturday, we are having an SCSU Drag Show.


Please read all signs when parking on campus.  Most lots are open and free starting at 3 P.M. on Friday through the weekend; we cannot make any guarantees for parking.  There will be signs throughout campus directing you to Atwood Memorial Center where you can check in.

Here is a closer look at the conference:

Friday, November 4th:

6:00 PM                                Registration (ongoing)                   Atwood Memorial Center

7:00 PM – 7:15   PM         Opening Ceremony                        Ritsche Auditorium

7:15 PM – 8:15 PM           Adrienne Williams (keynote)      Ritsche Auditorium

8:15 PM – 9:45 PM           Strange Like Me                               Ritsche Auditorium

9:30PM-11:30PM             Mas’queer’ade Ball                         Atwood Memorial Center


Saturday, November 5th

8:00 AM                               Registration (ongoing)                   Atwood Memorial Center

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM        Workshop Session 1                       Atwood Memorial Center

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM      Workshop Session 2                       Atwood Memorial Center

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM        Lunch (provided) and Caucus     Garvey Commons

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM           Workshop Session 3                       Atwood Memorial Center

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM           Workshop Session 4                       Atwood Memorial Center

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM           Sen. Scott Dibble (keynote)        Ritsche Auditorium

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM           Dinner (on your own)

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM        Drag Show                                          Ritsche Auditorium


Sunday, November 6th

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM          Workshop Session 5                       Atwood Memorial Center

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM        Workshop Session 6                       Atwood Memorial Center

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM      Tracy Ore (keynote)                       Ritsche Auditorium


See you all very soon,

MOCC Steering Committee

MOCC 2011 Workshop Descriptions

Bi Life: The Belief of Fear
Presenter: Adrienne Williams
The belief of fear and how it controls our lives to be free to be who we are. There is a lot of fear regarding bisexuality, inside and outside the community. It’s time we discussed the fear.

An Intersection of Oppression
Presenter: Tré Martínez and Marcus Rothering
Within LGBTQIA communities, people of color are an invisible community themselves. Similarly, within communities of color, LGBTQIA people are marginalized. We will discuss the issues regarding the intersections of these communities and the problems that individuals in both face. We will also be discussing possible solutions to these gaps and problems.

Sustaining Accessibility
Presenter: Amanda Lee Genaro
We all have complex identities and bodies that intersect at many points. When we gather, there are many factors that can contribute to making spaces difficult to navigate. Sometimes creating access is cost prohibitive, especially in small groups. How can we sustain these points of access so that more people can more fully participate? How we can sustain accessibility without making individuals solely responsible for their access? How can we do this as a collective? We all have connections. We all have different levels of access to resources. How can we share what we have and get what we need?

Baby, I Love You in the Worst Way: Deconstructing Our Violent Culture
Presenter: Rebecca Waggoner
In this workshop, the group will use film clips and other popular culture imagery to explore the subtle and overt messages that create a climate of gender violence, as well as identify the ways that heterosexism, racism, transphobia, classism, ableism, and other interrelated oppressions serve to support a system of dehumanization and violence through silence, secrecy, and the policing of bodies. This workshop will also challenge the often problematic ways that we have been taught to construct consent as well as create opportunities to name and tell our own stories of desire.

The Video Game Industry and the “Gaymer”
Presenter: Julian Vela
In this billion dollar industry, is there a place for the queer community? This is for those who have a love of FPSs and RPGs (Video Game Speak for First-Person Shooters and Role Playing Games) and want to know how they are included, what it takes to get included, and what it means to be included. It’s also a chance to get to know your current queer video game characters and show them some love.

LGBT and Recovery 101
Presenter: Fia Goldfine and Rosie Benser
Exploring the intersections of LGBTA people and the recovery community, this workshop will provide information on addiction and the path to recovery. Building a supportive environment and providing education are crucial for the health and success for individuals seeking recovery. Much like the journey one takes when defining their identity and coming out as an LGBT individual, people coming to terms with recovery from addiction may encounter a similar experience. Bridging the shared experience of transforming identity, the LGBT community can be an essential ally for their members in recovery.

The Fem-Butch Spectrum
Presenter: Sara Kost and Jessie Habisch
This workshop is an informal discussion about the spectrum of feminine and masculine lesbian and bisexual women within the LGBT community. We will explore our own experiences with the spectrum, various categories within the spectrum, representations of the spectrum in the media, and where we, our friends and our partners fall along the spectrum.

Growing Up Differently Abled
Presenter: Brittanie Wilson
Growing up and being out as queer can be challenging, growing up as a women of color who has a disability and identifies as a lesbian can be even harder. Topics that will be discussed include ableism, sexuality, and society. Please join me as I share my story in an open discussion.

Building Power in Minnesota’s Marriage Moment
Presenter: Chris Stinson
Building the movement for queer rights is about sustained and energetic activism. The anti-marriage amendment in Minnesota provides us with a unique opportunity to engage new activists and broaden our movement.  This training is designed so that participants will leave with a clear understanding of how to build power and the tools to go back to their communities and campuses and take full advantage of this moment in Minnesota’s political history.

Grief in the Queer Community
Presenter: Travis Mills
The loss of someone close to you is always hard, there’s no changing that.  Someone close to us, a support system, no longer being there changes everything.  Things tend to get complicated when there are complex relationships with those closest to us.  Times of loss are stressful, and sometimes those who should be there to support you 100% are not there, or cannot be there.  Let’s talk.

Do You Speak Queer?
Presenter: Natalie Klueg
Moving forward in our collective efforts for a queer movement, we are faced with ever increasing ways to define our wants/needs/desires/identities. The growing list of queer vocabulary can be an aid in the dialogue surrounding the struggle for equality, but is it always? This workshop will explore a discussion of identity, desire, attraction, and relationships in more universal terms, and the benefits and drawbacks of doing so. Are we unique, individual snowflakes, or are we “normal’?

We Need to Talk: Radical Consent, Self-Empowerment, and Healthy Relationships
Presenter: Leah Matz, Chey Bryant, Rachel Thompson, and Emily Monson
This workshop approaches consent from a non-gendered perspective of intentional, verbal communication between interacting individuals in regards to our boundaries and our bodies, and gives a holistic approach to understanding our rights and responsibilities as participants in consent culture. Workshop facilitators perform scenarios of non-consensual situations and draw workshop participants out to determine what was wrong with these situations and why, as well as how verbal consent would have solved the problem. Both small and large group activities and discussions allow participants to open up and share personal experiences and ask questions in a safe space.

Out at Work (FILM)

Trans* Survival: Understanding Trans* Folk and Trans* Ally-ship
Presenter: Kyle Watson
A basic to intermediate workshop designed to explain various trans* identities. In the time provided, we will engage in learning, discussion, and an overall safe space for any and all types of learning surrounding trans* identities. We will discuss ways to make your campus more inclusive, as well as how to be an activist, and ally, for trans* folk.     Anyone and everyone is welcome!

Not Queer Enough: Who is allowed in the room?
Presenter: Natalie Klueg
Do you look queer? What does that even mean? What are the rules, who wrote them, and what does it mean to break them? As the Queer (lgbtaqqi…) Movement grows and changes, so too does the face of the movement. Do you feel represented? This workshop is for the outliers and outlaws, for those who are looking for their place, and those willing to carve one out. Let’s find out who is queer enough.

Bi The Way: Fighting Myths, Creating Change
Presenter: Kacie Lucchini
In the space between heterosexual and homosexual lies, the (sometimes) mythical “phase” of sexuality, bisexuality. Popular culture has allowed bisexual myths – non-monogamy, greed, promiscuity, the “it’s a phase” phrase – to spread to the masses delegitimizing a whole community. These delegitimization tactics – essentialism, dualism, hetero-normativity, immaturity, – have made bisexuality invisible not only in a heterosexual world but also in the LGBT community. By using theory and breaking these tactics down, I pose a real world solution to help bisexuals feel legitimate, secure, and proud in their community and to help others to understand what they can do to help.

Transgender Students in Higher Education
Presenter: Troy R Weber-Brown
Historically sexual orientation and gender identity has been understood as a monlithic community.  Transgender idividuals have become termed as part of the gay community.  Althouigh it is true that transgender individuals share similar experiences of marginalization and discrimination, this is truely all these separate communities share.  This presentation will help participants identify violence and stigma that is attached to transgender students.  Participants will learn to differentiate between natal sex, gender identity, gender role, and sexual orientation.  Finally, participants will review common transgender experiences in higher education and the best practices for transgendser advocacy on a college campus.

SHIFT: Youth Led Tobacco Control in MN!
Presenter: Emily Shor and Michelle Wheeler
LGBTQ people have disproportionately higher rates of smoking and tobacco use than the general population. Rainbow Health Initiative and Community Blueprint are partnering together to empower LGBTQ young adults to be the face of healthy, tobacco-free LGBTQ young people. This group is called “SHIFT – Communities Free of Corporate Tobacco.” SHIFT focuses on changing the environment through tobacco policies in queer spaces, events and organizations, shifting cultural norms and attitudes about tobacco-use in LGBTQ communities.

(Bi)Sexuality 101
Presenter: Jen Parshley and Monica Saralampi
(Bi)Sexuality 101 offers attendees an opportunity to explore an often-overlooked segment of the larger GLBTA community: people who identify as bi- and/or multisexual and those with fluid sexual identities.  Participants discuss myths and stereotypes of bisexuals and learn how bi communities often face bias and misunderstanding, both from heterosexual and from gay and lesbian communities.    Participants are encouraged to think critically about gender and sexuality and will leave with next steps they can take to help make our campus and communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone

Transfolk, drag, and gender. Oh my!
Presenter: Travis Mills
Who is trans anyway? What do I need to know to negotiate a world of many genders? Are there things I can do to help myself, my friends, my acquaintances, or random strangers at the mall? Yes, there are things you can do, let’s talk about it.

Transfolk, drag, and gender! Oh my! (the gritty details)
Presenter: Travis Mills
An in-depth discussion of trans and gender issues in our world.  Will be more in depth, previous trans knowledge will be assumed (but can be gained from part one of this workshop).  Cisgender privilege, gender oppression, and the things within and without the GLBT community that we can do will be discussed.

Addressing Suicide Risk among LGBTQIA College Students
Presenter: Melissa Hensley
This workshop will explore techniques for detecting suicide risk and preventing suicide/self-harm among LGBTQIA students.  In addition, we will brainstorm ways to increase the inclusiveness of suicide prevention and mental health campaigns on our own campuses.

Improv for Activists:  Fun, Creative Ways to Build and Unify Groups
Presenter: Jennifer Joy Pawlitschek
LGBTQ campus leaders face multiple challenges, requiring constant improvisatory skills. Those cognitive, creative and social skills can be built through games and exercises drawn from improvisation for the stage. In this workshop, participants learn and play  games that they can then take back to their campuses. These exercises build group dynamics and encourage people to think creatively and act collaboratively. They also incorporate themes from LGBTQ history, further increasing personal and group pride. Improv workshops are filled with laughter and creativity. In using improv to address oppression, we can avoid burn-out and claim our joy and connection with each other.

Racial Justice, White Privilege & Being a GLBTQ Ally
Presenter: Remy Corso, Xay Yang, Jason Jackson, and Ross Neely
Racial Justice/GLBTQ Ally offers attendees a safer space to discuss why race, racism and whiteness are so often invisible in our mainstream GLBTQ rights discourse, and why it is essential to authentically work for racial and economic justice as we work for GLBTQ liberation. Through facilitated discussion and activities, participants will learn about structural and organizational racism, think about how racism & classism collude with heterosexism & genderism, unpack white privilege and white culture, and develop tools to collectively interrupt these interrelated oppressions and create change in the places where we live. Educational materials and Ally stickers/buttons will be provided!

Intersex 101
Presenter: Anne Phibbs
Intersex 101 provides attendees an opportunity to learn about specific intersex conditions and the historical, social and political ways that medical and broader communities respond to individuals who identify as intersex and/or who have intersex conditions. Participants will also discuss how intersex fits within larger LGBT movements. Participants are encouraged to think critically around deconstructing traditional notions of sex characteristics and identities and will leave with the knowledge, tools, and resources around being allies and advocates to people of all sexes.

(Trans)Gender 101
Presenter: Anne Hodson, Cheyenne Johnson, and Jen Parshley
(Trans)Gender 101 offers an opportunity to think critically about the gendered lives we all lead, and how creating accessible environments and inclusive understandings of gender can benefit everyone.  This training creates a space for participants to examine gender identity, gender expression, and our cultural notions of femininity and masculinity.    Drawing on experiences and scholarship of transgender and genderqueer communities, combined with facilitated activities and small group discussion, attendees think about gender in new ways and leave with steps they can take to help make our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.

How to talk about the Anti-Marriage Amendment
Presenter: Chris Stinson
Minnesota can be the first state to defeat an anti-marriage amendment. That’s why OutFront Minnesota and Minnesotans United for all Families have teamed up to provide activists with the  • skills  • tools  • confidence  to talk to your family, friends coworkers and neighbors about the anti-marriage amendment.    are teaming up to put on more than a dozen trainings in every corner of the state more than a year before the first votes are cast!    That’s where you come in! Whether this is the first time you’ve ever cared about politics or you’re a seasoned organizer we’re ready to help you get to work.

Ally I
Presenter: Anne Phibbs, Cheyenne Johnson, and Justin Nash
Ally Training I provides a safe space to gain knowledge and skills about gender and sexual diversity, and to ask questions and engage in conversations we do not often have the chance to explore.  Participants learn about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally (GLBTA) communities; think critically about gender and sexuality; discuss language and privilege; reframe myths and stereotypes; and explore how we can be allies to each other across identities and experiences.    Attendees leave the training with newfound awareness and concrete steps they can take to help make our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.

Ally II
Presenter: Anne Phibbs and Becky Saltzman
Ally Training II is designed for people who have preferably attended Ally Training I and/or have been actively involved in GLBTA communities.  In this training, we explore the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, faith and culture through a critical discussion of power and privilege.  Participants will have a space to consider how allies can help create inclusive and accessible environments in the many positions, roles and communities where we live and work, and share specific strategies for overcoming the barriers we face when advocating for GLBT issues and interrupting oppression.

MOCC 2011!!!

The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance is excited to announce that St. Cloud State University will host the 6th annual  Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference (MOCC) Friday November 4 – Sunday November 6. Registration is free for students and $30 for non-students.

This year’s theme is Making Equity a Reality: Connecting Communities, Digging Deeper, Redefining Justice. We will focus on issues of activism and intersectionality around GLBTA issues. MOCC is a conference for all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members from around the state of Minnesota and surrounding region to discuss issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally (GLBTA) communities on college and university campuses and in the greater community. Attendees will have an opportunity to network and meet one another; talk about issues and topics that are being faced on campuses and the larger community; and be challenged and learn valuable skills around building coalitions, fostering activism, and developing leadership through a lens of social justice.
For conference registration, schedule, speaker biographies, and additional details, visit Contact the MOCC 2011 Planning Committee at with questions.

Twin Cities Pride, E-Newsletter “Connections”, and Strategic Planning Survey

Greetings and Happy Pride from the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance!

We hope everyone is as excited as we are for it to be Pride season! We have already been to East Central Pride in the Park and are gearing up for Twin Cities Pride this weekend. We are excited to be debuting some new materials including brochures and flyers about our Training and Education Services and the 2011 Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference (MOCC). Make sure to stop by Booth #3114 to pick these and other great Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance materials.

Speaking of debuts, click here to see the first issue of our new E-Newsletter “Connections”. We would like to thank you for taking the time to read this publication and for your continued involvement/interest in our organization. In this issue we will talk about our latest happenings, such as some of our recent and upcoming outreach events. We will highlight some of our education achievements in the last few months, including presenting a day-long Ally Institute at the 2011 Creating Change Conference hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. We will also introduce you to our current Chair, Becky Saltzman.

Lastly, we are conducting a Strategic Planning Session at the end of July to set goals for the next three years. As a part of this process, we hope you will assist us by answering the questions on this SurveyMonkey by Monday, July 25th.

Please share this email to your friends and encourage them to sign up for the  Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance E-Newsletter on our website. And if you are not already, we’d  love for you to connect with us on Facebook  and Twitter.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you as we travel around the state for  Pride!

~Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance


Reflections on Presenting First-Ever Ally Institute at Creating Change Conference 2011

Over 2,500 individuals attended the 23rd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change this February in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Presented by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the five-day conference, a blend of workshops, day-long institutes, caucuses, keynote speeches, social events, and more, is an annual conference to educate community leaders and train activists. The mission of the Task Force is “to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community … by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement.” Local politicians, including Mayor R.T. Rybak, Senator Al Franken, and House Representative Karen Clark, gave their support for the conference program.

Prior to 2011, there were no day-long institutes dedicated specifically to the challenges, struggles, and excitement of being an ally to/within LBGTQIA communities. MN Campus Alliance member Ross Neely attended an ally caucus at Creating Change 2010 where after much discussion he realized there needed to be more than a caucus. People needed to be and wanted to be more informed. Other members sharing in this experience came together and submitted a proposal for an Ally Institute.

The Ally Institute committee was made up of Mike Grewe, Anne Phibbs, Jamie Ann Meyers, Justin Nash, Ross Neely, and Jen Parshley. Once the proposal was approved by the Task Force, the committee started planning the training program in summer 2010, meeting several times a month until the day of the conference.

The first-ever Ally Institute was designed specifically for both allies to and within the LGBTQIA movement to strengthen their knowledge base, skills, and organizing savvy with LGBTQIA communities through an inclusive, social justice frame. Participants considered how allies to the work of gender and sexual freedom can help create inclusive and accessible environments in the different positions, roles, and communities where they live, work, play, and workshop through a mix of facilitated activities, skills sharing and small group work. The eight-hour training drew components from each of MN Campus Alliance’s training programs.

We had 30 people attend the session. Some people even recruited their friends to join us after lunch break! We received amazing positive feedback and have been invited by the Task Force to present the Ally Institute in 2012 at Creating Change Baltimore. We could not be more proud!

If you’re interested in discussing the experience and/or want to help us plan for 2012, please drop us a line at