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2017 Creating Change Conference
January 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am - January 22, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
The National LGBTQ Task Force sponsors and organizes the Creating Change conference. 2017 marks the 29th gathering of this unique national conference and learning community. The Creating Change Conference is the pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement. Since 1988, Creating Change has created opportunities for many thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of our LGBTQ movement and allied movements for justice and equality.
The primary goal of the Creating Change Conference is to build our movement’s political power from the ground up to secure our overarching goal of full freedom, justice, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the United States.
At the 29th Creating Change, we will celebrate decades of building the grassroots political power of our people and families. Over 50,000 people have attended Creating Change to learn, grow and expand their skills and confidence to create change in their communities, their states, and this country. For each Creating Change attendee, our annual skills-building and training event is a life-changing experience.
The 29th Creating Change will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in beautiful and historic Philadelphia, January 18 – 22, 2017. At the 2017 Creating Change Conference, we will reflect on the outcomes of many pressing issues facing us: what follows after the 2016 elections; our full and expansive agenda for legal equality that is beyond marriage; our community’s resolve and action steps to end the AIDS epidemic; our community organizing efforts to create safer schools, legal protections for all and especially our trans family members; the urgent and critical needs of LGBTQ people of color; and building alliances with pro-LGBTQ allies and religious/faith organizations. We will create enduring change at the 2017 Creating Change Conference in Philadelphia, the City of Queerly Love!
Over the five days of the Creating Change Conference, our program presents over 22 Day Long Institutes; two dozen sophisticated trainings in the Leadership Academy; a special programming segment called Practice Spirit, Do Justice for faith leaders and organizers; approximately 250 workshops and caucus sessions; four keynote plenary sessions; worshipful gatherings; film screenings; meetings; receptions and social events, and a multitude of opportunities for attendees to meet and learn from each other.
Attendees represent all sectors and demographic groups in our movement and communities: young and old activists; organizers and activists of color; paid and volunteer staff people at LGBTQ political and community organizations; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocates and straight allies; HIV/AIDS activists; elected officials; safer school advocates; anti-violence activists; faith community organizers; artists and cultural workers; and leaders of campus communities and local community centers. In short, Creating Change is an annual gathering of organizers and activists working to create a world in which our sexual orientations and gender expressions will be welcomed and celebrated.