The 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change was held this past weekend at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in, Texas.
Produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the annual forum has come to be known as the Creating Change Conference. LGBT leaders consider it the nation’s pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the social justice movement.
Since 1988, Creating Change has been the opportunity for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of our LGBT movement and allied movements for justice and equality. The plenary sessions gather groups of activists in meetings designed to increase organizational and community building skill sets.
“The primary goal of the Creating Change Conference is to build the GLBT’s movement political power from the ground up,” said the NGLTF Executive Director, Rea Carey.
Day long seminars addressed a cross section of important issues, from aging to immigration, concerns for persons of color, the transgendered or the legal rights of same sex partnerships. Something for everyone.
Upwards of 2000 people attended the Creating Change Conference from all over the United States, with a few attendees from other countries. This year’s more prominent personalities included keynote talkers such as Kai Wright, a prolific AIDS writer from Brooklyn, NY, who is featured on Root.com. Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), also spoke on behalf of civil rights litigation.
Kate Clinton, the LGBT movement’s funniest and smartest political commentator, coming to South Florida next weekend, hosted the sessions. The keynote address was delivered by Rea Carey , the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
There was a little bit of entertainment, too. Vogue Evolution rocked the house at the closing session. Fresh and fierce from America’s Best Dance Crew, Vogue Evolution has become very popular in GLBT circles.
Excerpts will appear in next week’s SFGN, and the entire talk will appear on www.southfloridagaynews.com, online.