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The University of Illinois hosts the registered-to-capacity Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference this weekend, beginning Friday and running through Sunday.

While it’s too late to participate in conference workshops (or see any of the keynote speakers, including Eric Alva, TJ Jourian, and Angela Davis), consolation can be found in what the registered will accomplish: Conference organizers and attendees will be working to organize for and promote LGBTQA activism and awareness (and diversity in general) on Midwestern college campuses.

Outside, but near, the conference, there’s still at least one opportunity to get involved – the Illini Union will host Spit Fire, a competitive poetry slam organized for conference attendees and community members alike.


Contestants can perform their own poetry or the poetry of others, and prizes will be given to three top performers. Spit Fire begins Saturday night at 9 p.m. in the Illini Union's Courtyard Café (1401 W. Green St., Urbana).