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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Past Events

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/lgbtc/pastevents/

2005-2006

Brian holds a sign at the state capital and sports a rainbow cape. Lobby Day, 2006

Brian holds a sign at the state capital and sports a rainbow cape. Lobby Day, 2006

Team MSQ on the steps of the capitol. Lobby Day, 2006

Team MSQ on the steps of the capitol. Lobby Day, 2006

Team MSQ with performer, Jade Estaban Estrada. MBLAGT conference, 2006

Team MSQ with performer, Jade Estaban Estrada. MBLAGT conference, 2006

Team MSQ looking cool in Sioux Falls.  MBLAGT conference, 2006

Team MSQ looking cool in Sioux Falls. MBLAGT conference, 2006

Drag show cast and crew with Cheer Dorothy Cheer.  Gender Bender Show, 2005

Drag show cast and crew with Cheer Dorothy Cheer. Gender Bender Show, 2005

Team MSQ end of the year picnic.  Sibley Park, 2006

Team MSQ end of the year picnic. Sibley Park, 2006

Team MSQ with Trans-activist Leslie Feinberg.  Hate Hurts Keynote Speaker, 2006

Team MSQ with Trans-activist Leslie Feinberg. Hate Hurts Keynote Speaker, 2006

The Flaming Avengers dodgeball team strikes a pose.  Dodgeball Tournament, 2006

The Flaming Avengers dodgeball team strikes a pose. Dodgeball Tournament, 2006

Even their gatorade is gay.  Flaming Avengers, 2006

Even their gatorade is gay. Flaming Avengers, 2006

Leslie Feinberg signs books for the audience.  Hate  Hurts Week, 2006

Leslie Feinberg signs books for the audience. Hate Hurts Week, 2006

Jen makes her point at the state capitol.  Lobby Day, 2006

Jen makes her point at the state capitol. Lobby Day, 2006

John Hottinger speaks out on the proposed marriage legislation.  Lobby Day, 2006

John Hottinger speaks out on the proposed marriage legislation. Lobby Day, 2006

Team MSQ, making change on the grounds of the capital.  Lobby Day, 2006

Team MSQ, making change on the grounds of the capital. Lobby Day, 2006

The flaming avengers warming up before the big game.  Dodgeball Tournament, 2006

The flaming avengers warming up before the big game. Dodgeball Tournament, 2006

Hey, they got first place in the uniform contest!  Dodgeball Tournament, 2006

Hey, they got first place in the uniform contest! Dodgeball Tournament, 2006

It was an amazing year with increased visibility, awesome events, and a ton of fun and friends.

Team MSQ was formed... And the Minnesota State Queers, in their matching shirts, were everywhere. This action group planned and implemented many of the events of the center. Our meetings were always interesting and often times hilarious. (Tuesdays at 5:00!). Our new coming out group, shOUT!, started meeting in the spring...a perfect place for feeling safe, and talking about issues and concerns. The group is for anyone, in any stage of coming to terms with their own identity or the identity of someone they love.

In September, we were full of Pride at Mankato's Pridefest. An estimated 400 people came out for the day of music, food, and vendors. The festival was inspiring, although it did rain on us towards the end of the day. Check it out or get involved by going to the South Central Minnesota Pridefest website.

In October, we celebrated National Coming Out Week. A ton of festivities including workshops, parties,a dance, movies, and our featured event—the annual gender-bender drag show. Students lined up an hour before the event to get a seat at the show. We ended up turning away over a hundred people for lack of space. Cheer-Dorothy-Cheer! Headlined the event, along with the usual crowd favorite, Mirage.

In November, the twin cities lgbt chorus, One-Voice performed on campus. After their performance, the chorus stuck around to meet the community. An awesome event that brought the rural and urban communities of Minnesota together with the our lgbt campus.

In December, we recognized World AIDS Day with free HIV testing, a "sexperts" panel on safe sex and a remembrance ceremony for those who have passed. We also handed out literature and red ribbons.

February 7th, we dubbed Marriage Equality Day. This incredibly important event was in response to the Anti-lgbt Marriage Amendment that was proposed to our Minnesota legislature. The day was fantastic, creating a dialogue about this important, discriminating issue facing lgbt Minnesotans. The day featured a panel of LGB couples who told stories of how their lives were affected by the inability to get legally married. The panel was followed by a community action training by Outfront, MN. The event was a huge success and well attended. We are happy to report that the Minnesota Legislature has adjourned without approving a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would bar any form of legal recognition for same-sex couples and their families in Minnesota!

In March, MSU, M sent a delegation of students to the MBLGA College Conference. This year's conference was in Sioux Falls South Dakota and was jam packed with sessions about organizing and leadership on lgbt concerns on our college campuses. The conference was a great tool and a successful team builder for MSU, M lgbtqa student leaders.

April was crazy busy with our annual Eliminate Hate Week events. This year's theme was Hate Hurts. The message was everywhere on campus. Everywhere you looked you saw buttons, tshirts, and posters toting the message. We had excellent collaborations with Institutional Diversity, Multi-cultural affairs, the women's center, MSSA, the Diversity Commission and IMPACT to make the week a huge success. Our keynote address was delivered by the one and only Leslie Feinberg. Ze confronted hate head on, with an stirring talk on grassroots organizing, the intersections of oppression, and the impact and reality of hate on campus and in our world. Feinberg was incredibly moving and passionate. Before and after the event, the students of the LGBT Center enjoyed one on one time with Leslie. For more info go to Leslie Feinberg's website.

We ended the year with a trip to the state capital for Lobby Day. Students met with legislators to discuss the proposed marriage amendment. We toted our signs and flags at the rally outside in the capital lawn. It was a powerful day that set the tone for this coming year. We found our voice!

Check out some of our favorite photos of the year.

Looking forward to the fall... We hope you can be a part of lgbtc history.