College equality conference to explore LGBT issues

Tulsa-based The Equality Network Institute will present its annual summit to help college students address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues on campus March 1 at Oklahoma City Community College.
BY K.S. MCNUTT Modified: January 16, 2014 at 10:02 am •  Published: January 16, 2014

The Equality Network Institute will present its third annual conference for students interested in LGBT issues March 1 at Oklahoma City Community College.

The 2014 Oklahoma LGBTQQIA College Summit offers a blend of general sessions and smaller breakout sessions, said Laura Belmonte, president of the board of The Equality Network, based in Tulsa.

This one-day meeting will give lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and allied college students information and skills to advocate for LGBT issues, Belmonte said.

Some will be inspired to go back to campus to work for policy changes and help form or revive equality organizations, she said.

Participants can find cultural and educational resources and networking opportunities.

“It's going to be a really active, interesting day. We welcome anyone who is interested in the issues,” Belmonte said.

This is the third year for the summit, which previously was at Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma.

The 2014 host is the campus organization Leading Individuals for Equality. The conference will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 at OCCC, 7777 S May Ave.

Registration is free and includes lunch and a T-shirt. It ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 26.

For more information, contact Belmonte at