Creating Change is 3 Weeks Away; Join the Task Force in St. Louis
17th Annual Creating Change™ Conference
Meet Us In St. Louis! Nov. 10-14, 2004
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
What will your life be like post-Election Day? Regardless of the outcome of the presidential election and anti-gay ballot initiatives we won't stop agitating for change - and we know you won't either. And what better way to hone the skills you need than by attending the nation's largest and most unique annual skills building and strategy conference of activists and organizers who work in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement? Creating Change™, founded, sponsored and organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is in its 17th year. Aptly timed to take place just after Election Day, we invite you to rest up and then meet us St. Louis!
Following are just a few conference highlights:
Pre-Conference Institutes, Nov. 10 & 11
Come early to participate in these rigorous full-day pre-conference institutes on Wednesday and Thursday, including:
- People of Color Institute
- Finding the “I” in then Middle of Racism
- Building Our House: Dismantling Institutional Racism
- Organizing for the Next White House Conference on Aging
Meet and Honor Our Movement Pioneers
Meet our movement pioneers Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon at the Opening Plenary on Thursday evening and don't miss the film about their lives, “No Secret Anymore” on Saturday. Other films about our history include: “Gay Pioneers,” with footage from the first organized annual “homosexual” civil rights demonstrations from 1965-1969, and films about the 1987 & 1993 Marches on Washington.
Hear from our movement's national leaders about current issues and challenges we face.
Dr. Mary Frances Berry, founding board member of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation
Skills Academy for Leadership and Action
Learn skills you need for the work you do in fourteen Skills Academy sessions, including:
- Thriving in the Midst of Controversy: Dealing Effectively With Conflict in LGBT Communities
- How to Advance a Proactive LGBT Policy Agenda in the Next Presidential Administration
- If You Build It - Will They Come? Practical Tools for Building a Multi-racial LGBT Team
These and the eleven other 3-hour Skills Academy sessions will recharge your political power cells. Bring your questions!
With over 140 workshops, panel discussions and caucuses - whatever topic you are interested in or agitated about, we’ve got a session for you! Check out these workshop topics:
- Aging & Ageism
- Art & Culture
- Economic Justice
- Fight the Right
- Movement Building
- Organizational Development
- People of Color
- Political Q’s
- Public Schools
- Queer Culture
- Sexual Politics
- Spirituality & Faith
- Transgender Issues
Who Else Might You Meet?
Join more than 2000 colleagues from across the country in St. Louis for this year's Creating Change™ conference and meet and learn from some of the most experienced activist leaders in our communities: Rev. Steven Baines, Dr. Mary Frances Berry, Joan E. Biren, Richard Burns, Mandy Carter, Bran Fenner, Matt Foreman, Amber Hollibaugh, Lorri L. Jean, Frank Kameny, Don Kao, Mara Keisling, Harry Knox, Malcolm Lazin, Yosenio Lewis, Kerry Lobel, Clarence Patton, Suzanne Pharr, Betty Powell, Sylvia Rhue, Eric Rofes, Carmen Vazquez, Karen Williams, Evan Wolfson, Beth Zemsky, and many, many more.
The Creating Change™ program book is available online now at www.CreatingChange.org.
Creating Change™ creates unlimited opportunities to connect, collaborate and network with like-minded folks.
If you've already registered, we'll see you in St. Louis! If you haven't registered yet, Register Now! And please pass this message on to friends and colleagues. www.CreatingChange.orgCreating Change is a registered trademark of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
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.
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