Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference - Call for Proposals

The 12th Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference Committee cordially invites undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, civic activists, and independent scholars to submit proposals for our upcoming conference. You may submit on a wide-range of queer topics of interest, including topics related to this year’s conference theme, Living Proud: Your Presence Matters.

Students enter college today with a growing comfort to live proud—to not hide who they are or who they want to be. Yet, while popular slogans such as “Born this Way” reflect the increasing normalization of queerness, LGBTQA representation often remains uneven, not just within mainstream American culture, but within the queer community itself. Fifty years after the Stonewall riots, we remember the battles fought and won by our queer ancestors, and remember that we are only as strong as we are inclusive. We must identify and equip ourselves for the struggles yet to come as a community. We must be proud and live proud for all LGBTQA people, and, if necessary, help each other find our authentic queer selves.

While certain forms of queerness have become more accepted, hostility and threats remain, especially to some of our community’s most vulnerable members. In July 2017, the current administration moved to ban transgender individuals from military service, a ban in part upheld by the Supreme Court in January 2019. Annually, the majority of LGBTQA homicide victims continue to be queer and trans* people of color. If we are to confront and overcome these attacks, we must continue to do so together. Moreover, we must remember that everyone’s presence matters within our community. As Alice Walker so eloquently said, “Please remember, especially in these times of group-think and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.”

At this year’s conference, we invite thoughtful consideration of these questions, as well as any other queer topics:

  • What groups remain at the fringes of our community and need greater representation as well as protection?
  • What tools can foster more inclusive internal community discourse ultimately to aid each other in living our best lives?
  • How do we encourage students not only to be proud of who they are, but to find the courage to stand up for others who may struggle to find that pride?
  • What research can guide us to identify and support members who might feel so alone and excluded that they consider self-harm?
  • How do we redirect broader social movements to include more LGBTQA voices and experiences?
  • How do we equip ourselves to serve as role models to LGBTQA students, when at times we may still worry about “outing” ourselves during everyday interactions?
  • How do we prepare for and engage in hard conversations at holidays and other family events that may challenge our pride in ourselves?

In the 12th year of the conference, we gather to remind all LGBTQA people that your presence matters. We invite you to be a part of this conversation as we build action plans for the future. We hope that previous participants will build upon the ideas from past years’ conferences. We encourage each participant to consider, develop, and submit various session types for this year’s conference.

Jessy Defenderfer, Conference Chair
Damien Marken, Conference Vice-Chair
Asa Kelley, Conference Operations Coordinator

Conference Format & Guidelines

The Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference consists chiefly of 60-minute sessions, a keynote presentation, and special events arranged by the Conference Committee.

All members of the community are encouraged to submit proposals for sessions, posters, workshops, art installations, performances, etc. Please see our session type descriptions page for guidance while developing your own proposals. Standard and creative presentation formats are encouraged. To explore past programs, themes, and keynote information, please check out our Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference History page and visit our feedback page for a list of topics requested by previous attendees.

The conference committee will evaluate proposals based on quality, clarity, and relevance. Undergraduate submissions should include the name of an advisor who has worked with you on your project. We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing you at our 12th Annual Conference this fall!

Deadline: To ensure that participants receive notification of program participation as soon as possible, we ask that you submit your proposals electronically via the form below by Monday, July 1, 2019.

Presenters will be notified of their acceptance or rejection in mid August.

Please email any questions, comments, and concerns to MidAtlanticLGBTQA@bloomu.edu.

Presentation Space Accommodations

All sessions will be held in multipurpose rooms in the Student Union Building which include the following equipment:

  • Projection Screen and Speakers
  • Windows 10 Workstation w/Internet Access
  • Laptop Computer connection via HDMI or VGA
  • Blu-ray Player
  • Wireless Internet Access

Submission Form

Please include a 50-100 word description of the session to be printed in the conference program.
Please indicate the style of your presentation. If applicable, you may select multiple options.
Please indicate your preferred session duration including any audience interaction and Q/A. If your presentation is flexible, you may select multiple options. All presentation blocks are 60 minutes. If your presentation will not fill the hour, we may place two presentations with similar topics in the same session.
Please include a 150-400 word abstract which outlines the proposed content and objectives of the session as well as relevance to the conference theme.
Please provide a bulleted list of 2-4 learning/outcome objectives you hope to accomplish in this session.
Please enter the full name of the primary presenter as you would like it printed in the conference program. This person will also be the primary point of contact for all communication.
i.e. Student, Professor of ..., Director of ..., etc. to be printed in the conference program.
Please provide the College/University, Organization, or Company name to be printed in the conference program.
Please provide a valid email address. All communication will be returned to this address.
Please select the days that you are available to present (check all that apply).