Thousands of LGBTQ Activists Gather in SF This Weekend at "Creating Change"

"State of the Movement" Keynote Highlights Upcoming National LGBTQ Task Force's Flagship Organizing Conference

Featured speakers include Dyllon Burnside and Angelica Ross of FX's POSE, gun violence prevention activist X González, and scores of LGBTQ and allied advocates and activists

SAN FRANCISCO - The National LGBTQ Task Force - the country's oldest LGBTQ advocacy group - is bringing together more than 3,000 LGBTQ activists and organizers to the 2023 Creating Change conference at the Hilton Hotel Union Square Friday February 17 - Tuesday, February 21.

Thousands of organizers will gather as the LGBTQ rights movement takes stock of the current hostile climate and will spend several days in community, strategizing on the way forward, providing skills building workshops and a space for substantive and strategic planning at Creating Change. The conference features caucuses, workshops, plenaries and events that focus on the critical issues facing the LGBTQ community - from gun violence to reproductive rights to embracing queer joy and organizing in the faith community. Over 3000 are expected to attend, with more than 100 workshops, 44 caucuses, and 14 special events, including the Agents of Change House Ball, a film festival and "Gayme" nights.

Angelica Ross, transgender rights activist and star of FX's POSE; Amy Schneider, the most successful female contestant in Jeopardy! history; X González, gun violence prevention activist and LGBTQ rights advocate; historian and author Eric Marcus, and others will share their unique perspectives about where the LGBTQ movement is now, where it needs to go, and what the next 50 years of queer activism can look like.

A selection of featured gatherings at the conference include:

NOTE: This will be the first in-person Creating Change conference since 2020 in Dallas. While we know that no policy, recommendation, or protocol can address everyone's public health concerns about attending Creating Change, the Task Force is working to make this year's conference as safe as possible.

For more information including registration information and full schedule see HERE.

Since 1988, Creating Change has created opportunities for 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.

About the National LGBTQ Task Force:

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we've 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. That's why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.

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