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Creating Change To Offer First-Ever 'Body Politic Workout'

Date: 
October 14, 1999

Oakland conference to bring emphasis to political organizing as Californians prepare to take on and take out the Knight Initiative

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Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
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With California emerging as a pivotal state on the year 2000 electoral map, the 12th annual Creating Change conference will focus more than ever before on the key components of successful political organizing. The conference will be held Nov. 10–14 at the Marriott City Center Hotel and Oakland Convention Center.

A central part of this new emphasis will be the Body Politic Workout, a series of day-long seminars that will focus on individual and team leadership development, fundraising, media skills, grassroots organizing, lobbying, electoral strategies and organizational planning. The entire Body Politic Workout will take place during the Creating Change conference, and is free to conference registrants.

"The Body Politic Workout reflects the core mission of Creating Change: to train and build the skills of the activists that staff the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement's many organizations and projects," said Sue Hyde, NGLTF field organizer and director of Creating Change. "Through increased training and organizing, we flex our collective political muscle. That is what the Body Politic Workout is all about."

Creating Change has evolved into the political hothouse of GLBT politics. It will feature plenary sessions on contemporary issues, 120 workshops and training sessions, and social and cultural events that bring out-of-town visitors in contact with Oakland residents. Creating Change has been the launching pad of many significant new projects and initiatives, including the launch of Boycott Colorado in 1992; the upsurge of the modern youth movement in 1993; the founding of the Federation of LGBT Statewide Political Groups in 1996; and the kickoff of Equality Begins at Home in 1998. Equality Begins at Home was a campaign that witnessed 350 rallies and other events in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico during a one-week period in March 1999.

To register or learn how to get involved with Creating Change, please call 202-332-6483 or visit www.creatingchange.org. Journalists wanting to obtain media credentials should email delliot@ngltf.org.

NGLTF thanks the 1999 Creating Change Corporate Sponsors: Pacific Bell, Wells Fargo Foundation, Gay.com, PlanetOut, HERO Magazine, Harvey Milk Institute, BREATH – The California Smoke-Free Bar Program/A Statewide Project of the American Lung Association, the Advocate, and Olivia Cruises and Resorts. American Airlines is the official carrier for the Creating Change Conference.

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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 movementís 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.