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Jessica Flatequal honored by national magazine

100 women who inspire change

Jessica Flatequal, director of Minnesota State University, Mankato’s LGBT Center, has been named one of Go Magazine’s “100 women We Love” nationwide.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [8/3/2010]

Jessica Flatequal, director of Minnesota State University, Mankato’s LGBT Center, has been named one of Go Magazine’s “100 women We Love” nationwide.

The magazine’s list includes such inspiring “out” women as Ellen DeGeneres, Martina Navratilova, Rachel Maddow, Rosie O’Donnell and Melissa Etheridge.

The list celebrates women “who have made the past year one of inspiring change and amazing progress,” according to the magazine’s editor, Cheryl Burke. “These are the women who fight for justice, chronicle our lives, lift our spirits and bring our communities together.”

Flatequal, a Mankato native and Minnesota State Mankato graduate, has served as LGBT Center director since 2004. In 2006 she co-founded the nonprofit South Central Minnesota Pride, Inc., which offers support and activities and coordinates a variety of events. Flatequal is the organization’s chair.

“Our community is a better place because of Jessica’s commitment to social justice and her ability to bring people together to make positive change,” said Anne Blackhurst, acting vice president for academic and student affairs. “She exemplifies principled, committed leadership. Her selection is an incredible honor, but it’s also completely predictable. Given the selection criteria, it is difficult to think of anyone more deserving than Jessica.”

Flatequal’s leadership was a major factor in Minnesota State Mankato’s 2006 selection by The Advocate College Guide as one of the nation’s top 100 LGBT-friendly campuses. She also played a significant role in raising a $100,000 endowment to rename the LGBT Center after its founder, Jim Chalgren.

“I am fortunate to be a part of making change on campus every day, and to be a part of so many students’ development, whether through the coming out process, or through their development as activists, leaders, and educators,” Flatequal said.

Other women on the top 100 list include Golden Globe-nominated actress Jane Lynch, “Family Ties” actress and producer Meredith Baxter, “4 Non Blondes” songwriter-singer Linda Perry, actress Portia DeRossi, Houston, Texas, mayor Annise Parker, Grammy-nominated gospel musician Jennifer Knapp, Iron Chef host Cat Cora, award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, actress Sarah Paulson, author Sarah Schulman, Minneapolis mystery writer Ellen Hart, and celebrity fitness expert Jackie Warner.

The magazine, headquartered in New York City, is distributed at GLBT businesses across the nation. The article is online at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 14,950 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 institutions across the state.

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