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Live large and think big at next National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change

Date: 
April 20, 2009

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Co-chairs announced, Dallas/Fort Worth Host Committee launches April 23

WASHINGTON, April 20 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announces the co-chairs of the Dallas/Fort Worth Host Committee for the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movement’s premier annual gathering will return to Dallas, Texas, Feb. 3–7, 2010. The conference, which also took place in Dallas in 1994, is produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Meet the co-chair leadership team for the
2010 Creating Change Conference:

Henry Ramirez III works at the Resource Center of Dallas (RCD) as the center programs manager, where he manages Gaybingo Dallas, the workforce development series and other programs. He began volunteering at RCD in 1994, working with outreach and education programs, then moved into a part-time role as prevention educator in RCD's community health programs. Ramirez has worked more than 20 years with the Hispanic and LGBT communities in Dallas, having served on the board of directors of the Hispanic Bankers Association during his eight-year stint in the banking industry.

Beau G. Heyen, M.S.Ed., is the co-chair of the Dallas chapter of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN-Dallas), which works to create schools and communities that are safe for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression. Heyen serves as the minister for youth and spiritual formation at Cathedral of Hope, a congregation of the United Church of Christ with a primary outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied individuals, and on the advisory board for Dallas P.U.M.P. (Pride Unity Music Power) GLBTQA Youth Choir.

Lovely Murrell was a principal organizer of "Ladyfest in the Biblebelt," a festival held in Denton, Texas, in 2004 that focused on women in film, the arts and politics. She has also been active in her local chapter of Sokka Gakai International, an international Buddhist community, organizing youth summits and festivals. Murrell is currently the nutrition and bodycare manager at Cupboard Natural Foods. She lives in Denton with her wife, their two dogs, two cats, turtle and their large family of humans.

Marlene Tovar served on the operations staff of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 2001 to 2007, attending and working at five Creating Change conferences where she coordinated volunteers and oversaw meeting-room operations. She currently works at the Texas State Historical Association in Denton, where she is the membership coordinator and assistant to the executive director. Tovar is the first-ever straight ally to co-chair a Creating Change Host Committee.

“We are delighted with our co-chair team of four accomplished and experienced community leaders,” says Russell Roybal, the Task Force’s deputy executive director of external relations. “We’re coming back to Dallas to host our annual movement family gathering and we look forward to a robust and visionary event in the heart of Texas. Our 2010 Creating Change attendees will be treated to real Texas hospitality. Let’s live large and think big at Creating Change!”

The co-chairs will convene the first Creating Change 2010 Host Committee meeting on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rainbow Room at the Resource Center of Dallas, 2701 Reagan St. For directions or information, call 214.521.5124.

For more information about the Creating Change conference, visit www.creatingchange.org. For details about the Dallas/Forth Worth Creating Change Host Committee, e-mail creatingchange@theTaskForce.org

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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.