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NOTE: The 2020 LGBT+ College Conference has been cancelled. Join us for the 2021 conference, April 1-3, 2021!

2020 LGBT+ College Conference

The 2020 LGBT+ College Conference will be held on the Middle Tennessee State University campus April 2-4, 2020.
The conference is free to attend for everyone. Please register to help in planning.

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Conference Theme – All Identities–Expanding Your Influence

The conference is focused on helping participants to be more effective advocates for themselves and their communities.

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Conference Highlights

Thursday, April 2, 2020: Research and Examination
Tennovation Keynote: Lisa Gasson-Gardner (she/her/hers)

Queer Religious Traditions: Religion and Sexuality in Texts, Contexts, and Practices

Thursday Evening
LGBT+ College Conference Film Festival
Host: Allie Sultan (she/her/hers)
Friday, April 3, 2020: Intersections of Identity with the Broader Community
Keynote Film Presentation/Panel: The Real Thing, Brandon Kelley (they/them/their), Trans in America: Texas Strong, Daresha Kyi (she/her/hers), and Authentically Us: Voices from the Transgender Community, Jesse Ayala (he/him/his)
Friday evening
LGBT+ College Conference Game Night
Host: Kelly Hill (she/her/hers)
Saturday, April 4, 2020: Working and Learning Sessions
Keynote: Bek Dawson (they/them/their)

More than Alphabet Soup: Identity Language Meaning in the LGBT+ Community

Saturday evening
LGBT+ College Conference Awards Dinner
Hosts: Kayla Gore (she/her/hers), Zac Woodward (he/him/his)
Music: Nashville in Harmony Major Minors
Keynote: Kathy Halbrooks (she/her/hers)

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to:
  • Speak to issues of diversity and inclusion of importance to academia, the workplace, marketplace, and community
  • Provide the leadership expected of higher education to investigate issues from a research, knowledge, and thought perspective and provide answers to the community’s critical questions
  • Produce a well-planned and executed event
LGBT+ College Conference History

Conference Contacts

Program Presentation and Participation
Professor William Langston (William.Langston@mtsu.edu)
Sponsorships and Support
Development Director Paul Wydra (Paul.Wydra@mtsu.edu)
Corporate and Community Engagement

Advisory Board Chair Lynn Cothren (Lynn.Cothren@tn.gov)

Presenting Sponsor
Conference Champions
BlueCross BlueShield
MTSU Institutional Equity and Compliance


Conference Allies
Focus Middle Tennessee


Neighborhood sponsors

Hilton Garden Inn



 COLLEGE OF Education




 Vice president for Student Affairs


 Distinguished Lectures Committee


Tennnessee Human Rights Commission
 Tennessee Human Rights Commission


Virginia Peck Estate Trust


Additional support provided by
Middle Tennessee State University Department of Psychology
Middle Tennessee State University College of Liberal Arts
Middle Tennessee State University Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University College of Media and Entertainment
Middle Tennessee State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Middle Tennessee State University Department of Social Work
Middle Tennessee State University Department of Economics and Finance
Middle Tennessee State University Student Activity Fee Committee
Middle Tennessee State University Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center


Lambda hosts weekly meetings and membership is open to all currently enrolled MTSU students who act in good faith of Lambda's Constitution and Community Standards. Membership dues are announced at the beginning of each academic year and can be paid at any time.