Task Force launches 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Atlanta

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will convene its 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 23-27, 2013, at the Hilton Atlanta. Celebrating 25 years of building grassroots political power of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the 2013 Creating Change Conference will be big and bold.

Task Force Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper at Creating Change 2012.

As wrap-up work continues on the record-setting 2012 Creating Change Conference held in Baltimore and attended by more than 3,100 people, the Task Force turns full attention to Atlanta, to Georgia, and to the great Southeast United States. A community information meeting about Creating Change 2013 will be held March 8 in Atlanta to generate local support for this robust and vibrant event. Join us for a rocking kickoff event in Atlanta, where the Creating Change 2013 Host Committee will be formed.

CC13 Kickoff Meeting Details:

Thursday, March 8
Nosh and social time: 6:30PM
Meeting: 7PM
Location: The Phillip Rush Center Event Room, 1530 DeKalb Avenue, Atlanta, Ga., 30307
On-Site Parking/Nearest Transit: Edgewood-Candler Park
RSVP: creatingchange@thetaskforce.org

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a staunch advocate of comprehensive and humane immigration reform, stands with its local partners in Georgia in efforts to dismantle the state’s anti-immigrant law, known as HB 87. Equality advocates in Georgia say having Creating Change in Atlanta will provide a critical opportunity to organize and strategize for families, and against HB 87.

Paulina Hernandez, co-director of Atlanta-based Southerners on New Ground, stated:

Georgia has been a front-line state in the struggle for immigrant rights in the Southeast and much is being done to fight for the full repeal of anti-immigrant HB 87. SONG believes that Creating Change 2013 is a key opportunity to bring visibility to this united front of struggle. SONG collaborates with the KINDRED Collective and Project South and organizers on the ground to bring about a national LGBTQI presence that strengthens organizing in Georgia to support undocumented people in our communities.

Russell Roybal, deputy executive director of external relations at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, says:

Georgia’s families are being hurt by this inhumane law. We are proud to join with our local partners in standing against HB 87 and for our common humanity. Creating Change 2013 offers a rich organizing environment in which to forge a consensus of support for undocumented immigrants in Georgia and the United States.

Last fall, the Task Force launched a postcard campaign urging the governor for HB 87’s repeal. In addition, Task Force Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper was part of the “We Belong Together Delegation,” a women’s delegation to Georgia drawing attention to the impact of the anti-immigrant law on women and children.

The Task Force is committed to using Creating Change 2013 in Atlanta to highlight the struggles immigrants and undocumented people face in their daily lives and to make sure it is a key part of the struggle for freedom, justice and equality for LGBT people.