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Out in Front LGBTQIA+ & Ally College Conference

Join us on Saturday February 27, 2016 at Vanderbilt University for OUT in Front, the seventh annual LGBTQIA+ and Ally College Conference. Meet peers from across the state to share resources, develop leadership skills, and foster a strong community of LGBTQIA+ and allied student leaders.

OUT in Front is open to any currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at a two- or four- year institution and folks enrolled in both traditional and trade school programs. The conference is free to attend.

The mission of OUT in Front is to engage students, faculty, and staff from across the region in issues relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community and society at large. Each year, the conference strives to connect both individuals and communities with resources that will help to enrich the lives of LGBTQIA+ and Allies in the South/Southeast. OUT in Front strives to enhance leadership development for LGBTQIA+ and allied students.

Conference Details


OUT in Front will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016


OUT in Front is held in the Sarratt/Rand Student Center at Vanderbilt University.


The conference is free to attend. Though lodging is not required to attend OUT in Front 2016 we acknowledge that many will be traveling to attend the conference. Free lodging options are not guaranteed but we will make every attempt to place each attendee who request lodging assistance. Please keep this in mind when registering.



DARKMATTER is a trans south asian performance art duo compromised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. Based in New York City, DarkMatter regularly performs to sold-out houses at venues like La MaMa Experimental Theater, Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Asian American Writer’s Workshop. DarkMatter was recently part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival as well as the Queer International Arts Festival. Known for their quirky aesthetic and political panache, DarkMatter has been invited to perform at stages and universities across the world.

Both members of DARKMATTER use they/them/theirs pronouns.

If you’d love to learn more about this dynamic duo, please visit their website at www.darkmatterpoetry.com and visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/darkmatterpoetry.

Conference Theme:

This year’s theme is (de)constructing: intersections, self, and society. Our goal is to explore the idea of queerness as a construction, established by our world, within ourselves, and everywhere in between. By engaging in introspection and sharing with others in our community, we will learn how to deconstruct our identities and (re)build a positive intersection between our own definitions of ourselves and those determined by society.

Conference Registration:

You must fill out the registration form if  you would like to attend the conference and/or attend DARKMATTER’s closing performance. If you are not a session presenter or community organization who is tabling, you must be enrolled in college or university in order to attend the entire conference. You can find the registration form here.

Note: In an effort, to ensure we have enough breakfast for all conference attendees and pre-made name tags ready, we highly encourage that you register by Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Please email francesca.e.walker@vanderbilt.edu if you have questions about registration.

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s conference, please visit this form in order to submit your application.

OUT in Front 2016 Schedule at a Glance:

Saturday, February 27th, 2016
8:00am Check in & breakfast (provided by OUT in Front)
9:00am-9:15am Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:30am-10:30am Session 1 (DARKMATTER Plenary Session)

Protect me from what I want: a workshop on race, capitalism, and desire
This workshop is a space for both people of color and white folks to interrogate how our desires are informed by power, and to consider how to build genders and sexualities that challenge white supremacy and imperialism. We begin with a discussion of how desire, race, and imperialism are connected, and then move even more broadly to understand how beauty functions in relation to racist capitalism. This is a creative, intentional, anti-racist, and feminist space.

10:45am-11:45am Session 2 (concurring workshops)
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch (On your own)
1:15pm-2:15 pm Session 3 (concurring workshops)
2:30pm-3:30pm Session 4 (concurring workshops)
3:45pm-4:45pm DARKMATTER Closing Performance
4:45pm-5pm Closing Remarks

For questions please contact Francesca Walker francesca.e.walker@vanderbilt.edu

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