2018 FAQs

The following Frequently Asked Questions are based on various topics related to the BlaqOUT Conference. If you are confused about any topic and your questions are not addressed in the following FAQ feel free to e-mail us

How do I contact the BlaqOUT Conference organizers?
Email us at:
Email Toi Thibodeaux the primary conference organizer at: toi.thibodeaux(at)

When is the BlaqOUT Conference?
April 27-28, 2018. Friday's opening is free and open to all. The official conference workshops open Saturday at 9am. For more information, visit the Schedule page when it is available.

Where is the BlaqOUT Conference?
UC Riverside is hosting the conference. Visit the Travel & Stay page for more information.

What are important deadlines?
  • Workshop submission closes: March 1, 2018 EXTENDED!! March 15, 2018
  • Workshop acceptance notification: by March 12th Pushed back March 20th
  • Online application to attend closes: March 1, 2018 EXTENDED March 15, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance to attend: Ongoing 
  • Registration payment (if accepted to attend): April 13th
We encourage people to apply early, because of limited space and to give you time to arrange travel and registration fee payment.

How much does it cost to attend?
  • The Regular Registration Fee is $20 per person selected to attend and a t-shirt is included.
  • The Reduced Registration Fee is $10 per person selected to attend NO t-shirt.
  • Some scholarships will be available for those unable to afford reduced registration.
  • Information on paying registration fees will be sent via email to those people selected to attend BlaqOUT.
  • For those receiving support from their campus (student government or departments), an invoice and W-9 form will be provided upon request. 

What food will be provided?

Registered participants will be provided hospitality on Saturday morning, lunch on Saturday afternoon, and hospitality on Saturday evening.

Who may attend the BlaqOUT Conference?
The Friday conference opening is free and open to all, providing a space to learn about Black & LGBTQ lives. Learn more about the Nia & Ness performance by reading the blog post.

The conference events on Saturday are organized for people who identify as Black/African American or of African descent that also identify as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBT spectrum. The conference is focused towards people on college campuses (students, staff and faculty). Community members are also welcome to apply to attend.

If you are an ally to our communities, we encourage you to attend one of the regional or national LGBTQ Conferences scheduled in 2018.  Please check our blogpost archive for a list of upcoming conferences.

We encourage a range of events on campus that promote free expression of ideas. We do not deny admissions to events, based on individual identities or affiliations, while providing safe space for civil and respectful discourse.

Can out-of-state students attend?
Yes! We welcome students from any state.

Can high school students attend?
No, this conference is for folks who are 18 and over.

What are “closed spaces?”
BlaqOUT will include some closed spaces. Closed spaces such as caucuses bring together people around a particular identity. In order to create a safer space for courageous conversations, we ask only people who self-identify with the space’s intended audience participate.

Will there be gender-neutral restrooms?
Yes. Most conference activities will take place in the Highlander Union Building. The 3rd floor will have 2 gender neutral, multi-stall restrooms and 1 single-occupancy restroom. The 2nd floor has 2 gender specific, multi-stall restrooms.

When does the online application to attend BlaqOUT open?
December 2017

Where do I park and how much does it cost?
  • Parking Reciprocity – UCR extends parking privileges to visitors owning a valid faculty or staff commuter-parking permit from other UC campuses. A one-day permit can be obtained at no charge from an Information Kiosk attendant.
  • Disabled Parking – A disabled visitor may park in any disabled parking space displaying only a DMV-issued disabled parking placard.
What’s the best way to use air travel to attend the BlaqOUT Conference?

Where can I stay in Riverside and how much are hotels?
Visit the Travel & Stay page for more information.

Will ADA-related accommodations be provided to participants?
Please include needed accommodations when you apply online.