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The 20th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change

Date: 
November 13, 2007

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New Task Force Academy for Leadership and Action premiers

Headline speakers lift event to new heights of moral authority, comic Kate Clinton to host plenary sessions

Conference registration open: Early bird registration extended to Nov. 30

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force proudly announces an impressive lineup of keynote speakers at its annual National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, to be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, Mich., Feb. 6–10, 2008.  Registration for the 20th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is now open and can be done online at www.CreatingChange.org. The early bird registration rate of $250 has been extended to Nov. 30.

Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP and an outspoken proponent of equality for all, addresses the conference on Thursday, Feb. 7. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, shares his unique perspective on faith, equality and social change to Creating Change attendees. The Task Force brings internationally known comic and social commentator Kate Clinton to Creating Change to serve as the mistress of ceremonies.

“We look forward to a truly wonderful Creating Change Conference this year, one that will inspire and refresh us all,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “Creating Change will be our first national gathering since the nationwide mobilization of LGBT people to insist that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act be crafted to leave none of us behind. Our LGBT movement grew in grassroots power and influence in these last several months and the Task Force welcomes all our colleagues to carry this significant development forward at the convening of Creating Change.”

In 2008, the Task Force celebrates 20 years of Creating Change, the nation’s largest and preeminent annual skills-building and strategy conference of the LGBT political movement. The conference has trained 30,000 movement leaders since its launch in 1988.

On Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9, the Task Force Academy for Leadership and Action premiers with sophisticated and challenging training curricula for organization leaders. Training components include skills for executive directors, conflict resolution, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, campaign strategies, crisis management and media skills. 

The conference program also features 18 day-long institutes on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and Thursday, Feb. 7, focused on a variety of topics, including anti-racism organizing, youth leadership, people of color organizing, trainings for leaders of community centers, transgender health concerns, family issues, marriage equality strategies and other leadership-building sessions. In addition, more than 100 workshops, caucuses, meetings, receptions and social events will be offered over the course of the conference weekend.

More than 2,000 people attend the Creating Change Conference from all over the United States and other countries. Attendees represent all sectors and demographic groups in the LGBT movement, including young and old activists, organizers and activists of color, paid and unpaid staff people at LGBT political or community organizations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex advocates and straight allies, and leaders of campus communities.

The 20th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is supported by its founding sponsor, the Anita May Rosenstein Foundation.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and 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.