Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference

Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference

Get in the Gayme: Bringing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion into Play


On Saturday, November 5, the Commission for Gender and Sexuality hosted the annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference in person for the first time since 2019. The theme was “Get in the Gayme: Bringing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion into Play.” Since 2009, the conference has taken place every year except for 2021, when it was cancelled due to the pandemic. The 55 conference attendees included students and faculty from four Pennsylvania universities and representatives from local medical and community service organizations.

The keynote speaker was Kena Gilmour, an award-winning college basketball player who was the first-ever NCAA LGBTQ Athlete of the year in 2020. Gilmour’s presentation was titled “Athletics as a Site of Queer Resistance: An Exploration of Belonging, Resilience, and Identity at the Intersections of Blackness, Queerness, and Athletics.” He shared his experiences of finding joy, empowerment, and hope in Queer Resistance before responding to questions from the audience.

The conference closed with “The 10th Annual Drag Show: A Decade of Drag,” organized by Bloomsburg University Equality Alliance (BUEA) and hosted by BU alum Trixie Valentine. The show had an audience of 130 students, faculty, staff, conference attendees, and local community members, who donated $854 to support BUEA and organizations in the local community.

Thank you to all those who attended our 14th annual event. Stay tuned for details for our 2023 conference!

Please email MidAtlanticLGBTQA@bloomu.edu with any questions or concerns.

James Black, Conference Chair
Dan McCurry, Conference Vice Chair
Asa Kelley, Conference Operations Coordinator

Conference Information

Registration for our next conference will open in July, please email MidAtlanticLGBTQA@bloomu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Kena Gilmour

Kena Gilmour is a strategist for the Action Center on Race and the Economy in New York City, where he mobilizes resources and works with researchers and organizers to achieve economic and social justice for BIPOC and working-class communities. He holds a B.A. (Hamilton College ‘20) in Government and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, and was the sole recipient of The James Soper Merrill Prize, awarded to the member of the graduating class “who, in character and influence, has typified the highest ideals of the College.” During his senior year, Kena was named the first-ever NCAA LGBTQ Athlete of the year, capping off an impressive career where he earned numerous accolades, including: NABC first-team All American, NESCAC Player of the Year, CoSIDA first-team academic all-American, and the prestigious Jostens Trophy for his basketball ability, academic achievements, and community service.

As a DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice) speaker advocating from the intersections of Blackness and Queerness, Kena passionately shares his story and hopes to empower others to effect change in their respective communities.

Please email MidAtlanticLGBTQA@bloomu.edu with any questions or concerns.


Conference registration fees may be paid by Cash, Check, Credit/Debit Card, or Department Chargeback. All registration fees must be paid in advance or upon arrival at the conference or participation will be prohibited unless arrangements have been made in advance.

  • Completion of the registration process constitutes agreement and obligation to pay applicable registration fee.
  • Cancellation for any reason after Friday, October 28, 2022 will forfeit any refund.

Credit/Debit Card Payments

To process your registration payment via our secure online marketplace:

  • Visit the Bloomsburg University Marketplace.
  • Click "Conference Registration" (or "Late Conference Registration")
  • Enter the number of attendees you wish to pay for.
  • Click "Add To Cart"
  • Enter the First Name, Last Name, and Email Address for each attendee.
    Please note: Email address must match the address used on the individual registration form.
  • Click "Continue"
  • Review the information entered.
  • Click "Checkout"
  • Enter your email address.
  • Click "Continue Unregistered"
  • Enter your payment and billing information.
  • Click "Continue"
  • Click "Submit Order"

Personal or Institutional Check Payments

Checks should be made payable to "Bloomsburg University" and note "LGBTQA Conference" in the Memo.

Please mail checks to:

Beth Walters
141 Elwell Hall
Bloomsburg University
400 East 2nd Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815


Cash payments will be accepted during regular business hours in the Residence Life Office (ERH 141). If paying by cash, please print your confirmation email and attach to payment.

Hotel booking information will be listed here when available.

Specific driving and parking instructions will be provided here after the 2023 event schedule is confirmed.

If you require accommodative services to fully participate in the conference, please email MidAtlanticLGBTQA@bloomu.edu including the details of your need and list of sessions you plan to attend.

Visit our Archive page for a complete history of the conference.

Presenter Information

The 2023 Call for Proposals will be distributed in the spring, please email MidAtlanticLGBTQA@bloomu.edu with any questions or concerns.


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 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 Archive page for a complete history of the conference.

The conference committee will evaluate proposals based on quality, clarity, and relevance. Undergraduate students are encouraged but not required to include the name of an advisor who has worked with you on your project. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance or rejection in late September. We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing you at our next conference.

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

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
  • Workshops
    • Workshops provide opportunities for participants to get things done. Successful workshop proposals explain clearly how participants in workshop activities will interact with each other and should include a schedule of activities with a description of what each participant might take away from the workshop.
  • Roundtables
    • Roundtables are structured conversations with individuals interested a single topic. Roundtables can have anywhere from 3-8 speakers, each presenting a specific take on an issue. Successful proposals for Roundtables will clearly articulate the issue to be discussed and why that issue is important to our communities. Roundtable participants should collectively speak for no more than 40 minutes to ensure that audience members have 20 minutes to respond and discuss.
  • Academic Presentations
    • A traditional academic conference presentation consists of a panel of 3-4 speakers presenting research on a common theme. Each speaker may present research for 10-12 minutes. You may submit a panel or an individual paper. Panel proposals should have a brief introduction of the panel’s focus as well as summaries of each presenter’s paper. Selected presenters should collectively speak for 40 minutes to ensure that audience members have 20 minutes to respond and discuss.
  • (Performance) Art and Autoethnographic Narratives
    • (Performance) art and autoethnographic narratives use artistic expression or narrative to move audiences to action and discussion. Submitted art pieces should indicate how the artist and submitted work communicate the conference theme. Autoethnographic narratives are solo performances that combine the author’s lived experiences with the ideas related to the conference theme.
  • Teaching demonstrations
    • Teaching demonstrations focus on classroom and public teaching practices that are innovative and help audience members see how best to communicate the conference theme in the classroom or during community outreach programs. Individual teaching demonstrations should run 10-12 minutes with 3-4 demonstrations in a session. Presenters should leave 20 minutes for responses and questions from audiences.
  • Alternative Format Proposals
    • If the descriptions above do not fit your needs, please feel free to describe how you would contribute to the conversations taking place during the conference. The best alternative format proposals will clearly describe the purpose of the alternative format.

Information Table Requests will be accepted after August 1, please email MidAtlanticLGBTQA@bloomu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Conference Committee

illustration of Carver Hall