NGLTF Creating Change Conference Announces Host Committee Chairs

May 29, 2002

This week the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) announced the appointment of four co-chairs to lead the Portland-based Host Committee for the 15th Annual Creating ChangeTM Conference: transgender rights activist Lori Buckwalter, community activist and organizer Ron Glanville, health educator and campus organizer Anisah Miley, and Brother to Brother board member and ordained minister Cecil Prescod.

The Creating ChangeTM conference attracts about 2,500 participants each year, and is the largest annual gathering of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement. This year, Creating ChangeTM will be held from November 6-10 at the Doubletree Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon — the first time the conference has taken place in the Pacific Northwest.

The conference will focus on the impact of racism in society and in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political movement. Anti-racism trainings and action sessions will be offered throughout the conference, as well as over 100 sessions on a wide array of topics, touching on every aspect of the movement. Sessions will include how-to organizing trainings, policy discussions, case studies, and strategy sessions. The conference also features daily caucus and networking sessions, special gatherings, constituency group meetings, brown bag lunches and other topical discussions.

"We are extremely grateful that Anisah, Ron, Lori and Cecil have agreed to give their time and talents to help us make this fifteenth Creating ChangeTM conference the best ever," said NGLTF Executive Director Lorri L. Jean. "We look forward to working with them and the hundreds of local volunteers who each year make Creating ChangeTM a success."

For those wishing to register for Creating ChangeTM, early registration rates are just $125. Those wishing to attend can register online at, the official Web site of the Creating ChangeTM conference. In addition to registration information, workshop proposal materials, as well as other information, are available for download.

Creating ChangeTM is for community, campus, and workplace activists; board members, staff or leaders in GLBT organizations, elected and appointed officials; and advocates on many issues pressing our communities, including homophobia, racism, ageism, sexism, religious discrimination, and economic justice.

Journalists wishing credentials to cover the conference should fax a request on company letterhead to Jubi Headley at 202-332-0207, or email

Creating Change is a registered trademark of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation.


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.