Creating Change 2023
February 17–21, 2023
We can't wait to join you in person!
Creating Change is the nation’s foremost political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ movement. We are building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we have made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. Through Creating Change and other advocacy programs, the Task Force is training and mobilizing thousands of activists across the nation to deliver a world where you can be you.
All conference programming will be held at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, California. Programming will begin on Friday, February 17, at 9 am and conclude on Tuesday, February 21, at 11:45 am.
Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18
Workshops and Caucuses
Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20
Tuesday, February 21
General | $600
The last day to register online is Monday, February 13. On-site registration at the Hilton Union Square opens at 4 pm on Thursday, February 16.
While the limited income rate of $185 remains available, as of January 27, we are no longer able to offer full registration waivers ($0).
Programming will begin on Friday, February 17, at 9 am and conclude on Tuesday, February 21, at 11:45 am. Click here for schedule information!
The Hilton Union Square is SOLD OUT! A discounted conference rate ($189, same as the Hilton Union Square) is still available through January 29 at the Hilton Parc 55, our sibling conference hotel directly across the street. Click here to book your room at the Hilton Parc 55.
Volunteers are critical to the success of Creating Change! We can't do it without you – please click here to learn more and sign up.
The Task Force follows the public health policies and requirements of local government in planning all our events. We have been and will continue to monitor public health information about COVID-19 from the City of San Francisco. As of December 2022, these local recommendations include wearing a mask when cases increase, or if you or someone you live with is in a higher-risk population.
If the City of San Francisco updates these policies any time prior to Creating Change, including the possibility that wearing masks or proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for a large, indoor gathering like Creating Change, the Task Force will enforce these protocols and requirements at Creating Change 2023.
If you have registered for Creating Change and are unable to meet public health requirements for the conference, the Task Force will refund your registration in full. The Task Force is not responsible for any expenses related to travel or lodging.
By registering for the 2023 conference, you understand and agree that Creating Change and the National LGBTQ Task Force are released and held harmless from all liability related to COVID-19, COVID-19 variants, and any other communicable infections arising from participation at Creating Change 2023 in San Francisco.
Click here to learn more about sponsor and exhibit opportunities in San Francisco.
All plenary sessions will be interpreted in American Sign Language, Protactile ASL, and Spanish. Individual workshop and caucus sessions will be interpreted in ASL, Protactile, and/or Spanish if participants request in advance. The deadline to request ASL and Protactile interpretation is January 27. We also offer mobility scooters, assistive reading and listening devices, and other items as requested. Accessibility services and meal assistance can be requested through the conference registration form and are offered free of charge.
Click here to learn more about public health at Creating Change, financial assistance, and more.
Creating Change 365
While there will not be simultaneous hybrid/virtual programming during Creating Change in San Francisco, the Task Force has begun to launch a new program: Creating Change 365. CC 365 aims to be a series of year-round online engagements that enhance and grow the annual Creating Change experience for a virtual audience. As this program is built into the future, the Task Force will have additional capacity for individual workshop-style virtual presentations, such as those that might be hosted at an in-person conference. Click here to learn more!
Speakers, Special Guests and Awardees
Sandra Valls—Conference Emcee
Eric Marcus—Opening Plenary Speaker
Barbara Satin—Carmen Vázquez Award for Leadership in Aging
Jennicet Gutiérrez—Creating Change Immigration Award
Amy Schneider—Gayme Night Host
X González—State of the Movement Panelist
Dyllon Burnside—Closing Plenary Speaker
Angelica Ross—Closing Plenary Speaker
Master Taino—Leather Leadership Award