Registration now open for the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change

October 14, 2009

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
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LGBT rights advocates to convene in Dallas, Feb. 3?7, for annual gathering featuring the Academy for Leadership and Action

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced today that registration for the 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change and for the Academy for Leadership and Action is now open. The Creating Change conference will be held in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 3--7, 2010. In addition to a full program of workshops, caucuses, film screenings and social gatherings, Creating Change features the Task Force's Academy for Leadership and Action.

"The LGBT political movement snaps, crackles and pops with an impatience for change and a strong momentum for change," says Sue Hyde, Creating Change director. "Like our colleagues in other social justice movements, we can feel the moment for progressive change has arrived. Issues high on our agenda — from nondiscrimination for all to family recognition to ending the AIDS crisis — seem ripe for progress. Positive change beckons to us in the arenas of health care, economic and racial justice, and reproductive and sexual/gender self-determination. Yes, we can grab this moment for change and transformation, but only if we bring our best leadership skills to the action steps of advocacy, media visibility, governmental relations, and building strong and enduring organizations."

The Academy for Leadership and Action offers sophisticated high-level trainings in a wide range of political and organizational skills. Sessions will train participants to take larger leadership roles to usher in greater social change. They include "Maybe it really isn't about me, after all: Values and leadership for ED's;" "Can you believe it? Three tools for reducing drama in the workplace;" and "Personal ecology: A commitment to effectiveness as a leader."

A primary goal of the Academy for Leadership and Action is to school and prepare a diverse pool of skilled leaders and activists. The Task Force places great emphasis on recruiting the best trainers and educators across political and social justice movements. This year, Academy for Leadership and Action faculty includes Cathy Renna of Renna Communications, Martha Vail Consulting, Beth Zemsky Consulting, Mickey McIntyre of realChange Partners, OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Hope Wisneski, Michael Bell and Seven Generations Consulting. For more information about the 2010 Creating Change Academy for Leadership and Action programming and the faculty, and to register for sessions, click here.

"Let's organize, agitate, skill build, network, learn and teach to create a transformed society that embraces full self-determination and justice. There is no time to wait or waste. Come to the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change and work to achieve this vision in communities all over the country," says Hyde.

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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.