Outright L-A & Bates Office of Intercultural Education present (1)

A full day event dedicated to the radical exploration of topics impacting LGBTQIA+ young people. The event is a truly collaborative venture featuring Keynote speaker Sean Dorsey; workshops facilitated by local LGBTQIA+ young people, community members, and faculty members; and a closing performance of “The Missing Generation” by Sean Dorsey Dance.

The conference is open to all LGBTQIA+ youth, Outright L-A community partners, parents, and advisors; and college students, faculty, and staff.  Space is limited so pre-registration is recommended.

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Co-Sponsored by: TD Bank, Office of Campus Life, Outfront, Residential Life, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Post & Print, Office of Equity and Diversity, the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, the Dean of Faculty’s Office- Learning Associates Grant, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program; and the Departments of Religious Studies, Psychology, Department of Sociology, Theater & Dance, and Art & Visual Culture.




8:00am Registration opens, Chase Hall 

8:30am Continental Breakfast, Memorial Commons in Chase Hall 

9:00am Keynote Speaker: Sean Dorsey, Memorial Commons in Chase Hall 

10:30am Workshop Session 1, Pettengill Hall

11:30am Workshop Session 2,  Pettengill Hall

12:30pm Lunch & Plenary, Memorial Commons in Chase Hall 

2:00pm Workshop Session 3,  Pettengill Hall

3:30pm Performance of “The Missing Generation” Sean Dorsey, Schaeffer Theater 

5:00pm Closing, Schaeffer Theater

Outfront, Bates Office of Campus Life & Office of Intercultural Education are partnering to provide post conference activities for college student registered participants. For information to come!

Keynote & Plenary Speakers

sean-homepage-432x648Our Keynote Speaker is Sean Dorsey, Choreographer with Sean Dorsey Dance.  In a multimedia presentation entitled “Unearthing Buried LGBTQ History Through Modern Dance,” Sean will share video excerpts of a recent trilogy of dance works that explore our contemporary relationship to censored, buried, or forgotten parts of LGBTQ history. Taken together, these three works constitute a tour de force exploration and articulation of contemporary human experience.

Sean Dorsey is an award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer, dancer, and writer. Recognized as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has won audiences and accolades from San Francisco to New York with his powerful dance-theater.


Each year, the summit features a local active young person as the plenary or keynote speaker. This year’s speaker will be announced Sept. 18th.


The conference will include three workshop sessions consisting of 5-8 concurrent workshops each. Workshop topics range from LGBTQIA+ history, Title IX, Student Research, Spirituality, to Safer Sex.

If you are interested in facilitating a workshop, please contact Lexie Mucci, Assistant Director of the OIE, amucci@bates.edu by Sept. 29th.

The Missing Generation Performance

THE MISSING GENERATION is a powerful dance-theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. The show is a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors – and is based on oral history interviews that Dorsey recorded with transgender and LGBT survivors across the United States. These people’s voices and remarkable real-life stories are featured in a lush, multi-layered soundscore – along with original music by a team of composers and Dorsey’s own writing/narration. Read more about “THE MISSING GENERATION LGBT/AIDS Oral History Project”.

THE MISSING GENERATION has been praised as “heartbreakingly beautiful … profoundly relevant to all generations” (Bay Times) and “gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, and spirit-lifting” (Portland Sun Journal).


Registration:Click here to register for The Maine Youth Summit & Queer Trans Conference

Location: Registration will take place in Chase Hall located at 56 Camps Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240.

Parking: Parking is available in the Merrill Gym Parking Lot located on Russell St. between the intersections of Central Ave. and LaFayette St. Street parking is available on Campus Ave., College St., and Central Ave. A campus map can be found here: https://www.bates.edu/map/

Information on Outright L-A: Visit  www.outrightla.com or Facebook.

Questions? Contact Lexie Mucci, Assistant Director of the Office of Intercultural Education. amucci@bates.edu or 207-786-8303.