- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri-Kansas City expects to host more than 2,500 college students from across the country next week for the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference.

The event is in its 22nd year and being held for the first time in Missouri.

Student leaders say it makes sense for UMKC to host the conference because the school is recognized as welcoming students, faculty, staff and administrators of all sexual orientations.

Keynote speakers include country singer Chely Wright, who is from Kansas, along with transgender Janet Mock and Iraq War veteran Rob Smith.

The event will include workshops led by students, faculty and professionals to educate and motivate students to take action.

The conference theme is “Jazzing It UP.”


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