Press

More than 2,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates convene in Kansas City, Mo., on heels of 2006 elections;

Date: 
November 08, 2006

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

New political landscape brings activists from every corner of the country to
Creating Change Conference on Nov. 8–12 to plan political strategy, activate and energize following Tuesday’s election

What:
Creating Change: Building Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Power. More than 2,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights leaders and activists will convene in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 8–12 for the 19th Annual Creating Change Conference. The conference opens just one day after the 2006 midterm elections, which include anti-gay ballot initiatives in eight states. The conference serves as the largest annual meeting of the national LGBT community, where the agenda for upcoming battles is set.

Creating Change reflects the breadth and scope of diversity of the LGBT community and supporters of LGBT rights. It draws the movers and shakers of the LGBT rights movement as well as the rank and file. Caucuses expected to meet include the national network of LGBT community centers; Equality Federation (equality organizations from more than 35 states); the National Religious Leadership Roundtable; key funders, communications professionals and political analysts. Special meetings, informal networking and brainstorming sessions will run alongside more than 150 workshops and 14 daylong institutes.

Who:
Speakers include Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman, a leading voice in the national LGBT rights movement; Loretta Ross, leading reproductive health rights advocate and founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective; Oscar De La O, president/CEO of Bienestar Human Services, the country’s largest Latino HIV social service organization; Eddy Morales, outgoing president of the U.S. Student Association; Andy Marra, National Center for Transgender Equality board president; Dr. Marjorie J. Hill, of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the nation’s oldest AIDS service and advocacy organization; and Olga Vives, executive vice president of the National Organization for Women.

Where:
Westin Crown Center
1 East Pershing Road
Kansas City, Mo.

When:
November 8–12, 2006
Opening night is Thursday, November 9: Plenary is 8 p.m. U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) will welcome the conference to Kansas City at the plenary.

For detailed schedule, go to www.CreatingChange.org.

Why:
The Creating Change Conference is convened annually by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force following the national elections to regroup, strategize and build political power in the LGBT community. This important gathering seeks to counter orchestrated efforts by the right wing to block LGBT people from securing basic and equal rights. Creating Change is the national LGBT community's call to action, and people from every corner of the country respond to work together to advance equality.

For full conference details, visit www.CreatingChange.org.

For interviews, contact Roberta Sklar at 917.704.6358.

–30–

The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.