Creating Change 2006 Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery


All photos by Linda Kliewer, Out and Out Productions

Cuc Vu
Plenary speaker Cuc T. Vu, a Task Force board member and the immigration campaign manager for the Service Employees International Union, talked about the intersection of social justice movements.

Emanuel Cleaver
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, urged attendees to “work on everything you can to work for your freedom... rise up!”

Rea Carey and Frank Kameny
Task Force Deputy Executive Director Rea Carey presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Kameny for his decades of courageous activism.

Dr. Marjorie J. Hill
Dr. Marjorie J. Hill, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, said high rates of HIV infection are not about immorality or irresponsibility, but rather “about being disowned and dismissed both at birth and then at death.”

Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman gave a riveting “State of the Movement” address at Creating Change.

Creating Change Award recipient Jovan Sage said that as a student she has a bit more leeway with her time, adding, “I want to make sure that every moment of my time is spent giving back to my community.”

Creating Change Award recipient Wick Thomas encouraged the audience to look around and see the “2,000 people around this room that are here to create change. Two thousand people who deserve the same rights and freedoms as everyone else. Please look around this room and realize that we are not alone.”

Allan Morrow Community Service Award recipient Terri Worman challenged everyone to “create true community by eliminating our own ageism.”

The Two Spirit Press Room, which covered Creating Change this year, raffled off a beautiful quilt made by a Two Spirit Native man from South Dakota. The quilt was wrapped around the winner.

Oscar De La O, CEO of Bienestar, the country’s largest Latino HIV social service organization, called upon folks to “keep your hearts open and compassion alive for those living with HIV and AIDS.”

Jolie Justus, who on Nov. 7 became the first openly gay person elected to the Missouri Senate, spoke about how our community is creating change by “taking back our country with our true values: fighting for equality and justice.”

Andy Marra, National Center for Transgender Equality board president, moderated an opening night plenary panel.

The “We Remember” banner was there to honor and acknowledge those we have lost.

Creating Change Award recipient Dave Rhodes delivered his acceptance speech via video. The award was presented to him by leather advocate Philip Deitch, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2007 Travis Creston, and Task Force board member Chuck Renslow.

Dozens of youths 24 and under attended an interactive creative writing and poetry workshop by award-winning folk poet and progressive artist-activist Alix Olson (pictured). They performed their poem at Sunday’s plenary.

The Heartland Men’s Chorus from Kansas City, Mo., performed at the opening plenary on Thursday night.

Loretta Ross, national coordinator and co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, gave a rousing closing plenary speech.

Creating Change Award recipient Eli Clare said “disability rights activists are waiting for the queer community to surprise us.”

The Saturday night dance drew approximately 400 attendees.

Plenary speaker Eddy Morales, outgoing president of the U.S. Student Association

Inspirational speakers prompted many standing ovations during the conference.

Plenary panelist Rinku Sen said, “We need to push really hard to win back the rights we’ve lost over two decades and expand those rights, so by ’08 we can begin having a really different electoral conversation.”

Richard Burns, executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City, introduced the Eric Rofes Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Olga Vives, executive vice president of the National Organization for Women, was featured on a plenary panel.

The Susan J. Hyde Activism Award, to be awarded for the first time in 2007, is named in honor of Creating Change Director Sue Hyde (right).

Folks took some time to chill out in the lobby.

One of the more than 150 workshops and 14 institutes at the conference.