For years, student groups at various Louisiana college and university campuses have struggled with ways to reach gay and lesbian students and to provide them with the information they need. Some very creative approaches have been tried, with many successful innovations being discovered along the way. But each group was working independently of the others, in some cases trying the same ideas and expending energy and resources on the same (sometimes steep) learning curves.
The idea behind the LGLSGC is to bring these organizations together once a year to learn from each other, to share ideas and effort and resources. LEGAL is proud to facilitate this conference.
The conference is free to all who wish to attend; it draws students belonging to the various gay and lesbian student groups across the state, as well as students at colleges and universities which do not have gay and lesbian student groups. The conference is held once a year (in the spring), in various locations around the state.
On April 17-19, 1998, Tulane University's Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Association (BiGALA) hosted the sixth annual student conference. Previous locations have included Baton Rouge (1997), hosted by LSU-Baton Rouge's Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Supporters United (GBLSU); New Orleans (fall 1996), hosted by Loyola University's GOAL; Lafayette (spring 1996), hosted by University of Southwestern Louisiana's Gay and Lesbian Association (USL/GALA); Monroe (fall 1995), hosted by Northeast Louisiana University's Unity Gays Lesbians and Friends (NLU/Unity GLF);and Baton Rouge (spring 1995), hosted by Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge's Gay and Lesbian Student Association (now GBLSU).