Below is a copy of Anthony's post, but you can find the blog here.
What can I say?! The 2013 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) was an experience like no other. This was my first year attending MBLGTACC and quite frankly I did not know what to expect, but it all became clear to me once I stepped off the Michigan bus into Lansing, Michigan State territory, and saw the abundance of people comprising various identities of the Spectrum. I was in Lansing for social justice and because of the shared belief that all persons are created equal, even those identities that society have deemed deviant.
Before the conference had even begun, I witnessed first-hand the benefits of being surrounded by a visible LGBTQA community. I remembered thinking to myself “how many times will I be surrounded by this many people identifying openly with the LGBTQA community?” This reality brought mixed feelings, one of which is the reminder that this world is not equal. No other time in my life had I been in a situation where so many LGBTQA persons were visible. This lack of visibility is problematic for future members of the LGBTQA community who deserve to be born into an educated and accepting world. In my opinion, visibility is the main tool needed in ending the marginalization and oppression of LGBT persons, a tool in which many are afraid to use. Whether the fear stems from ridicule or quite possibly loss of one’s life, this ingrained fear is one that stifles our efforts in creating an all-inclusive world.
MBLGATCC made me feel as if I were a part of something great. It solidified my passion for fighting for the rights of all those who are stigmatized for an identity that for themselves only comes natural. I left this short 3-day weekend energized taking with me stories of perseverance and growth, in addition to new friends who are themselves fighting for what is right! I will fight for the rights of the LGBTQA community, a community I am PROUD to be a part of, until the need to fight is no more. No matter the pain or the consequence, I am a soldier on the front lines willing to risk it all for a better life for all. The world has no choice but to accept us ALL because we are HUMAN despite our opponents’ efforts to deny our humanity!!!