Registration now under way for the 2005 Creating Change Conference

July 20, 2005

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

Registration now under way for the 2005 Creating Change Conference, the country's preeminent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizing conference

LGBT activists are encouraged to register now to take advantage of the early bird rate for this massive skills-building conference featuring the movement's best and brightest; early bird registration rate is available until Aug. 31

WASHINGTON, July 20 — Registration is now under way for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's 18th Annual Creating Change Conference, which will be held in Oakland, Calif., Nov. 9–13, 2005. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists and allies are encouraged to attend. Early bird registration rate is available until Aug. 31. Attendees 16/under and 65/over will be admitted without charge. The registration form is available at

The Creating Change Conference, sponsored and hosted by the Task Force, is the LGBT rights movement’s annual skills-building conference attracting thousands of activist leaders from across the nation. The program educates, challenges and supports LGBT activists and has a special focus on assisting community organizations to build a more racially representative movement. Creating Change returns to Oakland after the success of the 1999 Creating Change Conference, which drew the largest attendance to date.

The 2005 schedule boasts six accomplished plenary speakers: Loraine Hutchins, an author and activist who put the "B" into LGBT; Juba Kalamka (a k a Pointfivefag), a founding member of the "homohop" group Deep Dickollective; John D'Emilio, an award-winning author, professor and founding director of the Task Force Policy Institute; Urvashi Vaid, an attorney, writer and activist who is a former executive director of the Task Force, as well as the incoming executive director of the Arcus Foundation; Helen Zia, a longtime activist and author whose work on a groundbreaking case of anti-Asian violence was featured in an Academy Award-nominated film, Who Killed Vincent Chin?; and Mary Kay Henry, the executive vice president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a founding member of SEIU's Lavender Caucus.

In addition, the conference program is full of challenging and rigorous sessions, panel discussions, roundtables, film screenings, caucuses and networking sessions that deliver the skills needed for activist leaders to create change in their communities. For details, visit


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.