Report from Creating Change

Friday, January 30

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey
      delivers annual ‘State of the Movement’ address
Patty Berne receives Creating Change Award
Creating Change’s growing media attention


Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey delivers annual ‘State of the Movement’ address

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey delved into the challenges and offered new hope for the LGBT community with her “State of the Movement” address in front of 2,000 LGBT activists at the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Denver, Colo. Read the full speech here.

Carey talked about the gains made during this past year, including Connecticut joining Massachusetts in becoming a freedom-to-marry state, more than 20 localities across the U.S. that passed and held onto nondiscrimination laws or partner recognition benefits, and the record 450 out elected officials who are serving in local, state and federal offices. She also noted the setbacks and challenges, most notably losing the fundamental right to marry in California, as well as the passage of anti-LGBT ballot measures in Arizona, Arkansas and Florida.

But clearly, she said, there is much reason for optimism in this new political climate. Watch the YouTube video excerpt and post a comment.

Later, she expressed ways the movement should move forward in this new era. Watch the YouTube video excerpt and share your thoughts.

And, she offered this call to action: Watch here. Look for more video excerpts soon!


Patty Berne receives Creating Change Award

For her broad social justice advocacy and organizing, Patty Berne today received the Empress I Jose Sarria Award for Uncommon Leadership. The award is named in honor of Jose Sarria, the founder of the International Court System and the first openly gay person to run for public office in 1964.

Berne is the co-founder and director of Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility, a performance company and cultural space that promotes artists with disabilities, artists of color and queer artists. She has worked to shape the Disability Access and Oppression Collective and develop curricula for the racial justice, sexuality and faith institutes at Creating Change. Berne has advocated for immigrant, LGBT and disability communities nationally and internationally.

Accepting her award on behalf of all the communities she passionately works for, Berne said, “We need to continue working and organizing our multiple communities. ... Let’s continue to work until all of us are acknowledged.”

This year’s Creating Change awards are made possible by the generosity of the Anderson Prize Foundation, the Gill Foundation and the International Court System.


Creating Change’s growing media attention

Creating Change has continued to amass widespread media coverage. Conference participants woke up today to two new Denver Post stories — a front-page story about LGBT issues in this political climate and an article related to Saturday’s Creating Change plenary on HIV/AIDS; the Associated Press published its third story related to the conference; and many outlets came together for a press conference with opening plenary speaker and legendary labor leader Dolores Huerta, including Univisión and The Advocate.

[ Read coverage: Denver Post on political climate, Denver Post on HIV/AIDS, Associated Press, The Advocate ]


Photos: David Mejias

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