The annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC) is once again coming to Madison for the oldest and largest LGBTQ+ student life conference in the United States. Students from UW-Madison and Edgewood College will host the conference, “From Protest and Beyond Pride” February 12-14, 2021 at the Monona Terrace. Through workshops, speakers and entertainment, the MBLGTACC brings LGBTQ+ students together to learn about ways to support each other and enhance the culture and safety of queer college students. It will be the fourth time the conference is held in Wisconsin and the first time Edgewood College will attend after the launch of their new Queer Student Center in October, 2019. Local campus leaders are monitoring health advisories regarding the pandemic and gatherings in advance of next year’s conference.
When George Schneider purchased Milwaukee’s This Is It in 2016, with it came more than five decades of history as Wisconsin’s oldest gay bar. As he honors the bar’s past, he’s laying a foundation for its bright future and chosen families. Michail Takach shares the history of this historic gathering place and the man who continues to carry forward the vision of a welcoming space that began in 1968.