National LGBTQ Task Force



This year's Creating Change conference may be virtual, but our Day-Long Institutes, caucuses, workshops, and plenaries will still give you the opportunity to learn and connect with thousands of other people across the country. It's not all about skill-building and learning, though—there's still time for fun with events like the Opening Cruise, Agents of Change Ball, and game nights! Learn more below, get more details from the full schedule, and register here to join us.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Opening Plenary

Noon to 1:00 pm ET / 9:00 to 10:00 am PT

Opening Keynote. Natalie Diaz. Natalie Diaz is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press, and her second book, Postcolonial Love Poem,  was published by Graywolf Press in March 2020. Diaz is Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University.

Opening Panel: History in the Making: Black Executive Leadership in the LGBTQ+ Movement. For the first time in history, three of the national legacy LGBTQ equality organizations (National LGBTQ Task Force, Human Rights Campaign, and National Center for Lesbian Rights) will be led by Black Executive Directors. This has been a demand from activists of color for decades and is the fruit of protest, marching, and intentional bench building within and across social justice movements in the country. With racial inequity as a major priority for the Biden/Harris administration and a continuing patchwork of civil rights laws across our country, their leadership of these organizations come at an opportune time. The opening plenary will feature a panel with Kierra Johnson of the National LGBTQ Task Force, Alphonso David of the Human Rights Campaign, and Imani Rupert-Gordon of the National Center for Lesbian Rights moderated by the National Black Justice Coalition's Executive Director, David J. Johns.

Day Long Institutes, Part 1

1:30 to 6:30 pm ET / 10:30 am to 3:30 pm PT

  • Indigenous Fortitude & Brilliance. This day long institute is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ indigenous, indigiqueer & two spirit people to share their experience & cultural importance with the broader LGBTQ+ community & would be allies. Participants will learn, grow & cultivate cultural humility. Topics of interest will encircle traditional roles, contemporary challenges & fortified futures. Euro settler descendants will yield to indigenous narrative. The Creating Change Indigenous Leadership Planning Committee recognizes the term indigenous includes people of many nations, including those outside of Turtle Island or what is called the United States, North, Central & South America. Presenters in this day long institute mostly reflect those from northern territories & are the gathered knowledge of the individual & is not to be understood as a copy/paste culture for all indigenous lives.
  • Queer & Trans API Institute: Building a Queer Asian American & Pacific Islander Movement. Join this movement-building Day Long Institute for Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBTQ people. Network and get to know LGBTQ AAPI activists from all around the country! Come and learn about our LGBTQ AAPI movement history and our place in racial justice movements. We will learn how we organize and advocate as LGBTQ AAPIs, practice engaging in media advocacy, and build skills around organization development through a trans* and gender justice lens. We will lift up the voices of Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander queer communities in the U.S. and the intersectional social justice movements that engage us [that are about us and above us]. This Institute is intended only for Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander attendees. Learn strategies to advocate for public policy issues, increase visibility, and counter homophobia and transphobia in the larger AAPI community and racism within larger LGBT movements.
  • The Black Institute: State of the Black LGBTQ Movement. This year's Black Institute, presented by the National Black Justice Coalition, focuses on issues affecting the Black LGBTQ+/Same Gender Loving community. During our time together, we will collectively work to strengthen the capacity of Black LGBTQ+/SGL community leaders and activists to engage in meaningful and sustained political and civic engagement during the next legislative session and beyond. This year's theme is “New Ideas for a New Era,” which reflects the new time we are moving into with a new presidential administration as well as a host of new diverse political leaders and elected officials. This year's theme is “New Ideas for a New Era,” which reflects the new time we are moving into with a new presidential administration as well as a host of new diverse political leaders and elected officials. This Institute is intended only for people who identify fully or partially as racially Black or of African descent.
  • Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute. Join us for Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute, an annual national gathering of Latinx LGBTQ+ people, allies, and organizations working towards our collective liberation and the advancement of LGBTQ+ Latinx power and activism. Unión ‘Equals’ Fuerza is dedicated to ending LGBTQ+ prejudice, increasing understanding about sexual and gender diversity in Latinx communities, and improving the quality of life for LGBTQ+ Latinxs and our families. This bilingual virtual session is part training, part strategy session, part network building, and part PARTY! Unión=Fuerza is a celebration of our rich cultural traditions, which also will provoke conversations on issues critical to our communities and emerging, innovative policy discussions. Attendees include community advocates, leaders, students, academics, government officials, artists, and more! This will be our ninth Institute gathering participants from around across the globe! For more information, visit:
  • White People's Institute for Ending Racism: What Kind of Ancestors Shall We Be? What kind of white ancestor do you want to be? 2020 brought us protests and uprisings to stop police violence against black and brown bodies. Many white people stood up and joined these efforts in large numbers, and still more white people voted for Trump in 2020 than in 2016. We must do better. We need to reach the people beyond our friends and chosen family. We need to stretch into the spaces where we are unknown. As we move more fully into our power as anti-racists, we mobilize other white people to join us, to build collective power to resist white supremacy culture and structural racism. Building on past years of White People’s Institutes, this year will be a time travel extravaganza. Please join me to journey into the past where we will learn about our white anti-racist ancestors. Once we are emboldened by these ancestor’s action stories, we will build our skills for now and for later. The future is waiting.

Exhibit Hall Open House

6:15 to 7:00 pm ET / 3:15 to 4:00 pm PT

Visit our sponsors and exhibitors in the virtual exhibit hall where you can win prizes, including Sephora products and Task Force swag!

Harm reduction, sober, and sober-curious meet-up

7:30 to 9:00 pm ET / 4:30 to 6:00 pm PT

This group is centered on disability justice principles and practices, including intersectionality and interdependence. Collectively we create a safer space for people to speak about their recovery and/or harm reduction by allowing cross-talk to interrupt micro-aggressions, as well as other forms of call-ins of folks when negative action occurs. It is our shared responsibility to collectively work to create a safer space for all, particularly focusing on the voices and needs of BIPOC trans, queer, and disabled people.

Film Screening and Q&A: CURED

7:30 to 9:00 pm ET / 4:30 to 6:00 pm PT

Five years in the making, CURED illuminates a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBTQ equality: the campaign that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973. This is, not coincidentally, the same year the National LGBTQ Task Force was founded.

Opening Cruise

9:00 to 11:00 pm ET / 6:00 to 8:00 pm PT

What’s the connection you won’t forget at CC21? The Sexual Liberation Collective and the Creating Change sex track organizers are delighted to bring you the Opening Cruise. Whether you’re looking to find a new friend, a sexy hook-up, or the love of your life, the Opening Cruise is the place to be on Thursday night!

Friday, January 29, 2021

Day Long Institutes, Part 2

Noon to 5:00 pm ET / 9:00 am to 2:00 pm PT

  • Aromantic and Asexual Institute. Join your fellow aro and ace community members as we explore identity, activism, and community issues together! Through breakout sessions that will dive into complex issues affecting our community, strategies for community organizing, and various marginalized identities that many of us hold, we’ll each have countless opportunities to learn, share our experiences, and grow in our community involvement and activism. Given the importance of building anti-oppression into our communities and advocacy, this institute will center on understanding, resisting, and dismantling marginalizing forces such as racism, ableism, sanism, classism, and singlism. As we collectively work to build inclusive, accessible, and equitable communities, we will connect attendees to further resources so that these dialogues can act as a springboard for future learning.     
  • Disability Justice Day Long Institute. There is no line between disabled activists and queer activists; we exist in both worlds. Ableism and inaccessibility keep disabled queer people out of organizing and out of queer spaces in general. Disabled queer people have led movements only to be left to the side when we’re inconvenient. Abled allies should attend to gain a better understanding of ableism in our community and how to make queer spaces accessible and welcoming. Disabled folks should attend to both commiserate and learn about experiences different from their own. Above all else, it is for disabled queer folks to tell their stories and engage with one another. 
  • Executive Director/CEO Institute: Thriving in an Age of COVID. Unprecedented Demands for Racial Justice and after Four Years of the Trump Administration. This institute is for LGBTQ Executive Directors/CEOs and is intended to provide support and skills building in the areas most important for leading a nonprofit organization. Participants will feel less isolated and more supported, while also building a network of colleagues to help sustain them throughout the year. Participants will get help in trouble-shooting issues they are currently facing in their work, while also gaining information necessary to be stronger nonprofit leaders and build a stronger progressive, anti-racist movement.
  • Faith in a Virtual World. We won the presidential election, so now what? Do we celebrate the change of administration, say our job is done and turn our backs on the realities – and possibilities – that still exist in our world. That’s what some LGBTQ organizations and individuals did when Marriage Equality was affirmed - and where did that lead us - to the last four years of chaos. So, what do we do – as people of faith, can we see this as a new beginning - but just a beginning? This Faith Institute offers both reflection and action to help guide our paths.           
  • Mapping Your Desire: The Sexual Liberation Institute. As our ancestor and movement trailblazer Audre Lorde wrote famously -- the erotic is power! Sex isn’t ‘beside the point’ in our activism, it is the bedrock of our authentic selves, and a critical source of strength that our adversaries would have us betray and deny. Desire Mapping is a dynamic tool for sexual liberation that hinges on the idea that when we are able to claim and pursue our authentic desire -- refusing to capitulate to or parrot the 'wants' that others have designed and approved for us -- we can more powerfully seek justice and re-make the world.            
  • Owning Your Power: Strategies to Strengthen the Next Generation of Leaders to End the HIV Epidemic. AIDS United has extensive experience in leadership development and capacity building of PLHIV through our different programs: The Fund for Resilience Equity and Engagement (FREE), the Southern HIV Impact Fund, People Organizing Positively (POP), Hispanic/Latinx People Organizing Positively (HLPOP) and the Transgender Leadership Initiative (TLI). This day-long institute broken out into multiple sessions will provide attendees with information and strategies for how to engage in public health, public policy, digital organizing, while maintaining self-care as emerging leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with leaders doing the work directly in the communities who experience the greatest need and will also have several chances to network with each other in a lightly facilitated format.       
  • The Fire This Time! Youth Activism, Mobilizing and Direct Action 101. Young people are demanding change - conducting walk-outs, meeting with community and university leaders, and speaking out about LGBTQ health and rights, but we know demands are nothing without a plan and concrete tools to lead successful campaigns. This institute is designed to support young people interested in LGBTQ activism and organizing for change. In addition to Advocates for Youth staff, youth activists on the ground will share tips for participants to walk away with tools to develop a strategy, build collective power, and use that power to create meaningful, lasting change in both in-person and digital spaces. 
  • Trans Leadership Lab. Join the all-day Trans Leadership Lab where activists of all experience levels will gain access to skills and insights focused on some of the latest issues currently shaping the trans movement. Attendees of this all-day institute will interact and learn directly from trans movement leaders across the country making breakthroughs in housing, health care, crowdfunding and mutual aid, and physical and cyber safety. The Leadership Lab will feature a graphic notetaker to illustrate these interconnected discussions and to provide attendees with a visual keepsake. The all-day institute is open to all, including trans people, non-binary people, gender expansive people, and allies. Attendees interested in becoming more involved in the trans movement are especially encouraged to attend.
  • Strength in Numbers: Building a Strong Bi-plus Community. This year’s bi+ institute will galvanize, empower, and strengthen bi+ individuals and build community and movement through learning and unlearning, and sharing of ideas, tools, and strategies. This space is primarily for those who identify as bi+ (bi, pan, queer, or any other non-binary sexuality), though others are welcome to attend in an accomplice capacity. It is our hope that you find tools, networks, and support to take back to your own communities.

Keynote Plenary with Dominique Jackson

5:30 to 6:30 pm ET / 2:30 to 3:30 pm PT

Emcee Sandra Valls hosts a plenary session featuring a keynote speech by POSE’s Dominique Jackson, plus presentations for the Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement and Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund Award for Outstanding LGBTQ Leadership for Immigration Rights, and more!

Be Bold and Beautiful with Sephora

7:00 to 8:00 pm ET / 4:00 to 5:00 pm PT

Join beauty experts from Sephora and get ready for the Agents of Change Ball in a step by step tutorial you can follow along with products you have at home.  We'll be demonstrating a fun glittery eye and bold lip look to dazzle and delight. The session is designed for transgender and GNC community members. Space is limited to 40 attendees, first come first serve! Participants will receive a gift product kit by mail after the conference! Be on the lookout for a link to register, starting Thursday.

Agents of Change Ball

8:00 to 11:00 pm ET / 5:00 to 8:00 pm PT

Organized by WC Father Angel Revlon (CA), Lady Penelope (NYC) and Legendary Oso Milan (Miami) with national judges and benefitting the House Lives Matter Mutual Aid Fund, brings the House Ball to your house this year.

Game Night

8:00 to 11:00 pm ET / 5:00 to 8:00 pm PT

Want to have some wholesome fun? Come to our virtual game night! No need for special equipment. No need to own copies of games. Just bring your fabulous self. There will be various party games over zoom including 5 Second Rule and Jackbox. Also on offer will be a Dungeons & Dragons one shot! D&D spots are limited and first come, first served. Email Cary Webb at for sign up and game details.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Workshop Sessions, Block 1

Noon to 1:15 pm ET / 9:00 to 10:15 am PT

  • An Exploration of Queer and Trans Ministry. Members of the Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort, a group of trans and non-binary seminary students, will explore ministry and religious leadership in our current social and political climate. Presenters will each share their own calling, experience in religious formation, and share how the state of the world including continued anti-Black racism and COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted BIPOC and transgender and non-binary communities. The Cohort members will each share how their own communities, ministries and lives have been impacted in these times. Participants will be invited into the sacred space and will be encouraged to ask questions and share parts of their own spiritual journeys and discernment. Finally, all will leave with new ideas about how to best support transgender and non-binary people in their communities.
  • Two Spirit 101. Have you heard the term two spirit & been curious to know more? Come learn the basics of indigenous & first nations peoples relationship to colonization, forced assimilation & how that shows up in Americanized gender & sexuality. Are you two spirit & desire an opportunity to educate others & share your personal or cultural relationship to gender & sexuality? Indigenous participants will have an opportunity to culture share & claim visibility while non indigenous participants will gain an understanding of two spirit varied traditional roles, the ways colonization & forced assimilation effects indigenous & non indigenous communities, contemporary ways of being, stories of reclamation, resistance & how to be inclusive of two spirit people within LGBTIQ culture.
  • Hopes and Dreams: Reaching High on Policy Advocacy in 2021. With the Biden-Harris Administration in power we have an amazing opportunity to make substantial progress by pressing for federal regulations and policies to improve LGBTQ+ people’s daily lives. We also must advocate to repair the deep damage done over the past four years, while aiming high and looking for new ways to reach even higher. Join the National LGBTQ Task Force Policy Team for an update on the new Administration’s progress to date, and to discuss our hopes and dreams for 2021 and beyond.             
  • These are a Few of my Favorite Things. The Creating Change Sex Track faculty will share highlights of their sexual biographies. For 75 minutes, we will create a continually shifting group of sexy story tellers to excite and inspire everyone to explore their own favorite things. Come prepared for transformative sharing, ecstatic revelation, belly-deep laughter and... who knows!            
  • Hiring Revolution. People across the LGBTQ movement have woken up, looked around, and realized that too many of the faces looking back at them were similar to their own. Whole non-profits, projects, and campaigns, regardless of their espoused racial and gender diversity goals, genuinely struggle with how to consistently and effectively recruit, hire, and retain top talent that includes Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, trans, gender nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming leaders. Especially when it comes to hiring into positions of authority, members of these groups get passed over, their talents, perspectives, and experiences dismissed, in favor of hiring and promoting White men into these pivotal positions. In order to produce different outcomes, we must carefully consider the preferences for Whiteness and masculinity and the barriers facing certain kinds of workers (namely People of Color, women, and trans people) in old-school hiring processes. In this workshop, we will reimagine and co-create new hiring processes that align with our vision, values, mission, and goals.       
  • We’re Here, We’re Queer…and We are on Deadline: LGBTQ Journalists, the State of LGBTQ Media and How to Get Your Story Told! It has been a challenging time for all journalists, but especially queer journalists. From the economic to the political to the pandemic, how can we as activists work with journalists to tell our stories, amplify issues of importance to the LGBTQ+ community and advocate for more inclusive and diverse media coverage? As we begin another year where the news cycle will be dominated by a new administration in the White House, economic recovery and a roll-out of a COVID vaccine, how do we ensure our community is included? And what about the many other aspects of our lives and the issues we care about? Join a panel of diverse LGBTQ journalists from LGBTQ and “mainstream” media to discuss- and walk way with new ideas, new contacts and tips for getting your story told!      
  • Let’s Break The Binary and the Carceral State: Queers Abolishing Prisons and Policing. As we work diligently to dismantle systems that seek to diminish the spectrum of gender identity and all of the glorious ways LGBTQ2S+ folx exist in our community, we are missing the opportunity to engage with necessary support of our Queer family impacted by incarceration. In this session members of the Black and Pink National Team led by Executive Director Dominique Morgan, will share the landscape and impact of their work they far and offer a snapshot of where they are looking to in 2021 and beyond to bring us closer to a society where liberation for all is actualized.         
  • Aging in the LBGTQ Community: Strategies for Fighting Isolation and Loneliness. As the US population ages, many LGBTQ adults face an increasingly isolated and lonely future. As long-time workers and activist in the field, the panelists will discuss the causes of this high rate of isolation, and the harmful physical and psychological impact which has been exacerbated during the pandemic. The panel and participants will discuss how their programs and strategies have responded to causes of isolation and loneliness through creative programs and approaches implemented to improve the lives of aging LGBTQ adults.      

Workshop Sessions, Block 2

1:30 to 2:45 pm ET / 10:30 to 11:45 am PT

  • Liberating Your Divine Identity: A Spiritual Conversation. In this workshop, you will come together in community to gain a better understanding of your sacred worth and divine identity while exploring tools that support liberating your divine spirit. Designed as an interactive discussion and meditative experience focused on spiritual liberation, Unity ministers will guide you in a process to reveal “the power of you” and to expand and solidify a deeper awareness of your spiritual identity.
  • Queering the Academy: Affirming Queer Ways of Knowing, Learning, & Education. Reflecting on both existing & evolving queer- and trans- affirming educational practices, this panel will story-share, skill-share, and collectively explore lessons we’ve learned as we have queerly navigated the rapidly changing landscape of education. We will share pathways, practices, and visions for embracing queer/trans ways of knowing in educational institutions. This discussion will center heavily on higher education, but will offer ideas and tools that can be adapted to participants wanting to educate, organize, and knowledge-build from a queer/trans lens.
  • Vice President Auntie? Organizing Friendly Administrations for Systemic Change. In 2008 after the historic election of President Barack Obama, the Tea Party was birthed. They were organized, well funded, and successfully kept the Obama Administration from being able to create the kind of systemic change we all want and deserve. In this workshop we will review The Equality Act, Justice in Policing Act, and the Breathe Act. Additionally, we will help inform and instruct participants on organizing strategies like lobbying legislators and organizing communities and how to avoid some of the mistakes we’ve made in the past to move legislation into law. Join us for a fun, interactive, informative workshop on how to avoid perpetuating a cycle of covert racism and discrimination.  
  • Sexy Survivors. Many LGBTQI+ people are survivors of various forms of sexual violence. Sex and survivorship is rarely talked about in queer circles. Join us for a creative, interactive, and empowering dialogue on surviving sexual abuse and how we have navigated safe and fulfilling sexual lives. This workshop is not intended to be counseling, survivor 101, or a therapy session, rather a skill and strategy share. 
  • Deaf Queer Liberation: Our Time is Now. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from members of the Deaf and DeafBlind LGBTQ communities who will share some of their lived experiences and the barriers they face. As we shift to virtual organizing and collaborating during the pandemic, it is also imperative that we do not forget about access for our Deaf and DeafBlind Queer siblings. Come and learn how you can practice solidarity with these often overlooked and multiply-marginalized communities.           
  • Trans Talk Across Generations: Teens and Trailblazers, Truths and Tensions. We are in an unprecedented, challenging and critical time for the trans/GNC/non-binary/intersex communities. Trans visibility continues to increase in positive ways, as more folx come out but we also see on-going systemic attacks on trans people. What can we learn from the experiences of elders? As LGBTQ youth come out younger and younger with more fluidity and less restrictive labels, how does their experience inform our work? What are the issues that have created tension across generations and how can we all work together and learn from each other? Join a diverse panel of trans and non-binary youth and elders to hear them share stories and experiences – and bring your own!  
  • Ace and Aro Q&A: An Introduction to Asexuality and Aromanticism. Every year, more asexual and aromantic people show up in LGBTQ+ spaces seeking support, resources, and community. In order to accommodate this growing group in your organization, workplace, school, and activism, a clear understanding of these identities is essential. This session will build that understanding while highlighting specific intersectional issues that arise from systemic racism, ableism, and cissexism, and how these forms of marginalization differently impact various aro and ace identities. Take this unique opportunity to ask questions, participate in discussions, and connect with resources about aromanticism and asexuality.

State of the Movement Plenary

3:15 to 4:30 pm ET / 12:15 am to 1:30 pm PT

Rea Carey and Kierra Johnson deliver the annual state of the movement, along with presentation of the SAGE Award to Mama Gloria, more from emcee Sandra Valls, and some other surprises!

Caucus Sessions, Round 1

5:00 to 6:15 pm ET / 2:00 to 3:15 pm PT

  • Two Spirit Caucus        
  • Ace + Aro Caucus        
  • Youth Caucus 
  • Black Caucus  
  • Bi+ Caucus #1 
  • Deaf Caucus    
  • Masculine-of-Center Caucus  
  • Latinx Caucus 
  • Sex Worker Caucus     
  • Queering Public Service: LGBTQ Government Employee Caucus

Game Night

8:00 to 11:00 pm ET / 5:00 to 8:00 pm PT

Want to have some wholesome fun? Come to our virtual game night! No need for special equipment. No need to own copies of games. Just bring your fabulous self. There will be various party games over zoom including 5 Second Rule and Jackbox. Also on offer will be a Dungeons & Dragons one shot! D&D spots are limited and first come, first served. Email Cary Webb at for sign up and game details.

Virtual Variety Show!

8:00 to 11:00 pm ET / 5:00 to 8:00 pm PT

All CC21 Attendees are welcome. We are all talented - performances can be a song, drag, burlesque, poem, secret talent, or cheerleading. All acts are allowed three minutes. You must be present to perform. Performers will be called out in order that they register. All performances should be compatible for a zoom room.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Interfaith Service

10:00 to 11:30 am ET / 7:00 to 8:30 am PT

All are invited to this celebration of inter-religious collaboration.

Workshop Sessions, Block 3

Noon to 1:15 pm ET / 9:00 to 10:15 am PT

  • Turning Your Sermon into a Sound-bite. Many states have no explicit non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community in housing, health care or when in public spaces at the state of federal level. Inclusive Justice of Michigan in partnership with the National LGBTQ Task Force and the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion will host a training for all interested parties to build and sharpen your communication skills in engaging with elected officials on advocating for such non-discrimination protections.         
  • Indigenous Youth & Elder Panel. In settler colonial environments our most vulnerable are often given the least space & time to share their perspectives. This panel will consist of 3 indigenous youth organizing against the KXL pipeline & 3 indigenous elders.         
  • Sex in the Time of COVID. The Creating Change Sexual Liberation Track has always emphasized the power we can access to fuel our justice work when we're living our most authentic sexualities and making empowered choices about our bodies. Unfortunately, over the past year, our access to this power has been greatly curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join this interactive discussion with four long-time activists on our struggles and successes in navigating life in quarantine in terms of both masturbation and negotiated safety.       
  • It Ain't What They Call You, It's What You Answer To. As individual trans or ENBY people make the life-affirming steps of living the truth of our genders, we all face the task of doing self-advocacy. We have to inform people of our new name (if there is one), tell them the pronouns we use (if we have them), and often we have to help or even push others to adjust when they don’t immediately come through. This workshop will bring together trans and ENBY leaders to talk about the experience of taking that personal self-advocacy and bringing that same energy to the work of activism on behalf of our whole community. All of us have the power to be a part of this movement, and, in fact, we already have the experience of being activists in our own lives.      
  • Ending the Harm: Conversion Therapy Fact, Fiction and Fighting for our Lives. What we know is this: the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapies” continues. According to the Trevor Project, the scope of this nightmare is bigger than most people imagine and lives continue to be destroyed. From medical to faith-based, we have seen the harm and queer lives damaged and even lost to interventions from individuals and organizations claiming to “help” folx struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity. The stories of how this impacts LGBTQ+ individuals of all ages must be told. Professional organizations and faith leaders need to take a stand. And laws and policies to protect LGBTQ+ people must be put in place. Join advocates and survivors to learn the latest on what is being done to end conversion therapy and how you can help. 
  • Sexual Health for System-Impacted Youth. Youth of color and LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in child welfare, juvenile justice, and homelessness systems of care. Children in government custody often face challenges accessing accurate, affirming, and inclusive information about their sexual health needs, leading to a variety of health issues. Through a reproductive justice lens, participants in this session will discuss concrete steps that advocates and providers can take to ensure youth have access to accurate information and preventative measures critical to their sexual wellbeing. Our hope is that this presentation will lead into a discussion of how a national coalition of policy advocates can most effectively lead to change on the ground. We will solicit input on what policies and practices community-members have actually observed, what advocacy is already happening on the local level, and what kind of support from national organizations would be helpful.
  • Combatting TERFism. In 2020, the continued rise in TERFism yielded the most high-profile public figure yet to profess their supposed feminism while excluding trans people – J. K. Rowling. Her statements underscore the growing linkages among those who have very little else in common – Christian Right organizations, anti-trans womens’ groups, gender-critical conversion therapists sports bodies, etc. – who are deliberately partnering to give anti-transgender advocacy the appearance of a broader consensus across the political spectrum. This workshop will share information on who the leaders of anti-trans feminist advocacy are, and which organizations, media outlets, and spokespeople on the Right are platforming these activists. We’ll learn about common anti-trans feminist rhetoric, practice how to disrupt this rhetoric, and even talk about personal healing when people like Rowling come out against us.      

Workshop Sessions, Block 4

1:45 to 3:00 pm ET / 10:45 to noon PT

  • Wonderfully Made: Yuval David Film Preview and Discussion. This documentary film explores the challenges and aspirations of LGBTQ+ persons of faith in how they reconcile and in many cases powerfully embrace their beliefs despite institutionalized religion's historic and ongoing rejection and persecution of LGBTQ+ people. Yuval David, the writer, producer and narrator of the film, will share a preview of the soon to be released film and lead a discussion about the issues expressed in the film, the intersectional identities represented and the need for advocacy for those identities as a way to opening and engaging in the conversation with other advocates.
  • Decolonizing Desire. Colonization and white supremacy have separated us all (particularly QTBIPOC folx) from healthy, positive relationships with our bodies and sexualities. Conditioning through, and living within, these systems makes it difficult for us to fully engage our own agency to create a world of possibilities. In this workshop, we’ll examine what’s required to decolonize and reclaim our bodies, desires and sexualities as an act of resistance that allows us to re-energize our activism and holistically heal our systems.   
  • Cultivating the “In Between”: Bi-Plus Inclusion on College Campuses. Contrary to popular belief, bi+ people are the largest identity group within the grander LGBTQ+ universe. This is even more true among college-aged students. However, few universities highlight, support, and advocate for bi+ communities as much as they should. This interactive workshop will provide participants an opportunity to explore effective ways of cultivating programming, resources, and advocacy for Bi+ folks in higher education. Come share your own good ideas of favorite programs, speakers, educational campaigns, meeting topics, and more, and leave with some new tools and ideas to bring back to your campus.   
  • What in the L?!: All Things Lesbian. Can we talk about All Things Lesbian?! Join us for healthy exchange of information that will educate, empower, and uplift all participants. We hope that women from varying demographics will partake in the conversation. We will be celebrating the things that binds us together and discussing those issues that divide us in an effort to bridge the gap. All lesbian-identified persons are welcome. This 3-hour workshop will engage participants in a panel discussion on the “State of Lesbian Affairs”. This lively discussion about wellness, mental health, financial planning, education, family planning, and much more. Participants will have the opportunity to then continue the conversation in smaller break-out groups.    
  • Queering the Census Today and Tomorrow. Get counted? Trump’s cronies politicized the 2020 Census, the pandemic hamstrung counting efforts, and now Census data processing is being rushed in an unprecedented way. Why do we care? Census counts affect millions of federal dollars for vital services for our community’s health and well-being. Through counts, we build political power we can use in apportionment and redistricting processes. Come to this session to learn more about what’s happening today with the 2020 Census data, including data on same-sex couples; what new data on our communities you can expect from 2020 Census data releases; and how we can work together to improve Census and American Community Survey data on the whole of the LGBTQ community in the future.  
  • Queering Immigration. This panel will focus on the experiences and efforts of queer and trans people of color who are taking action and building power. Their work centers on combatting the state-sponsored violence being perpetrated against immigrants, asylum seekers, and undocumented folks across the country, and providing support and resources to those impacted. Learn how you can join the fight.
  • Indigenous Trans Women. While Transgender women across the United States grapple for humanization from contemporary culture, Indigenous Transgender Women face the unspoken obstacles of being among missing & murdered indigenous people, forced assimilation & denied sovereign rights to their cultural value. This panel will amplify the experience & restore honor to some of Turtle Islands most sacred.        
  • Social Support & Safe Spaces: Preventing LGBTQ Youth Suicide. The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, estimates that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ youth seriously consider suicide each year in the U.S. And we know LGBTQ youth are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their straight/cisgender peers. In this workshop, participants will learn about risk factors for LGBTQ youth suicide — and what can be done to prevent it, including how to create safe, affirming environments and how to respond to warning signs for suicide noticed in someone else.
  • Fundraising on a Dime: Budget-Friendly Digital Fundraising Tools for People-Powered Movements. In 2020, we saw communities all over the country pool together limited resources to help those disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, combat anti-Black institutionalized racism, rally for voting rights, fight for social justice, and support many other causes that are near and dear to their hearts. These people-powered movements showed us that you do not need a lot of money to start fundraising or have to rely on big-money donations and mega-donors to transform the power structures in our country and empower hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people to take action. Our online fundraising experts will show you how to build and run a flexible, inexpensive, and empowering fundraising program with digital tools that breaks down barriers and taps into the power of small-dollar donors. So whether you are an individual, small team, or large-scale organization, ActBlue's accessible online tools can help you inspire your supporters to get involved and help you reach your organizing goals.         
  • Family Acceptance Project:  Helping Diverse Families to Support and Affirm Their LGBTQ Children During Covid-19 and Beyond. Family support is critical to build healthy futures for LGBTQ children and youth, especially during the covid-19 pandemic which has increased isolation, separated LGBTQ youth from supportive peers and adults outside the home and confined many with rejecting and ambivalent families. Join us to learn about key issues from the Family Acceptance Project’s (FAP) first 20 years of developing the field of family acceptance to help ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children – even when they believe that being gay or transgender is wrong. This includes conducting the first research on LGBTQ youth and families, developing the first evidence-based family support model to help diverse families to decrease family rejection to prevent health risks and increase acceptance and support to prevent risk and promote well-being. FAP’s work is carried out in the context of the family’s cultural and faith traditions and has developed a series of multilingual resources to change how LGBTQ young people are nurtured and cared for across systems of care.         

Caucus Sessions, Round 2

3:30 to 4:45 pm ET / 12:30 to 1:45 pm PT

  • Jewish Caucus
  • Elder Caucus
  • Lesbian Caucus   
  • Trans + Nonbinary Caucus      
  • Muslim Caucus
  • PLWHA Caucus             
  • API Caucus      
  • Atheist, Agnostics, & Other Non-believers Caucus
  • Bi+ Caucus #2 
  • Disability Caucus
  • Pagan, Nature Spirituality and Radical Faerie Caucus 
  • Parenting Caucus       

Closing Plenary

5:00 to 7:00 pm ET / 2:00 to 4:00 pm PT

Emcee Sandra Valls, keynote by adrienne maree brown, presentation of the Leather Leadership Award, and performances by Big Freedia!