ISU to host LGBTA Conference

Illinois State University is planning to host the 2015 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC).

The conference is a three day event and will take place February 13-15, 2015.

The MBLGTACC is the largest Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Ally (LGBTA) college conference in the country.

According to ISU’s media relations website, about 2,700 college students from around the country are expected to attend the conference in 2015.

The conference will have more than 90 workshops on topics that affect the LGBTA community, as well as guest speakers and entertainment.

At the 2014 conference, guests included Chely Wright, a lesbian singer, and Janet Mock, a transgender advocate.

“[The conference] has been held each February since 1993 to promote leadership, activism, networking, diversity, health and empowerment among LGBTA students, staff and faculty around the United States and Canada,” according to the Windy City Media group.

After attending the conference last year, ISU student Robert Alberts started the effort to bring the conference to ISU, according to ISU media relations website.

“The conference creates a space where we can join together as a group and talk,” Alberts said.

The planning committee for the conference has begun meeting to discuss details.

It decided the theme for the conference will be “Narrating a New Normal.”

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