“Well, I might take a plane

I might take a train

But if I have to walk I'm going just the same

I'm going to Kansas City

Kansas City, here I come”


These lyrics from the 1952 R&B classic “Kansas City” accurately describe what more than two thousand queer and allied activists and club advisors will be doing this weekend. The University of Missouri – Kansas City is hosting the 21st Midwest BLGTA College Conference and HRC is proud to again be a sponsor of this gathering.

The oldest of the college LGBT conferences, MBLGTACC brings queer and allied student activists (and some advisors) from more than 30 states to hear amazing speakers and choose from nearly 100 workshops. This year’s theme is “Jazzin’ It Up” and looking at the speakers, entertainment, and workshop presenters UMKC is doing just that. HRC Foundation Coordinator Noël Gordon and I are excited to head to KC for the conference – and we are both excited for the keynote from the fierce and fabulous Janet Mock. Local gal Chely Wright will perform and discuss her experiences as the first major country singer to come out.

We also look forward to seeing old friends and acquaintances – this conference is a reunion of sorts. I can’t wait to say hello to fierce and fabulous bisexual educator Robyn Ochs, visit with friends from Campus Pride and work again with the UMKC Pride Alliance, which helped host the HRC Equality Bus on campus a few years ago. In addition to sponsoring the conference, I will moderate a panel discussion on HRC's new GenEQ Guide to Entering the Workforce. We’ll also table at the Information & Career Fair on Saturday.

If you are going to Kansas City, please visit our table and come to our workshop – however you get there.

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