Queer Voices on the Hill: Creating Change Advocacy Day
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Morning Training and Gathering: 9:00 am – Noon
Capitol Hill Advocacy: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
In 2012, The Task Force held its first ever Creating Change Lobby Day. While a lot has changed in the last 6 years, we are still far from achieving full freedom and liberation for LGBTQ people and allies. This year Creating Change is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the theme: Learn. Connect. Resist. Thousands of us will be in Washington D.C. at one time which presents a unique opportunity for a Creating Change Advocacy Day 2018!
Members of Congress need to hear from us. Join us as we learn lobbying skills; connect with your Congressional lawmakers; and take our resistance agenda to Capitol Hill!
Queer Voices on the Hill: Creating Change Advocacy Day will begin with a training on how to effectively tell your story and connect with lawmakers, message training on key legislation, and role-play exercises to give participants a chance to practice before meeting with elected officials (or their staff). We will depart the Creating Change Conference together to travel to Capitol Hill. During our visits with lawmakers, participants will share personal stories, educate lawmakers (and their staff), thank our champions in Congress while also challenging other Congressional members to do more for LGBTQ equality, equity, and justice! People of all experience levels are welcome.
The topics we will focus on for Queer Voices on the Hill: Creating Change Advocacy Day:
- Nondiscrimination: Pass explicit federal protections to counter LGBTQ discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, jury service, public funding, credit and education.
- Faith and Nondiscrimination: Oppose harmful religious exemptions that allow individuals or entities to discriminate under the guise of religious freedom.
- Reproductive Justice and Poverty: Pass legislation that ensures abortion care is included in public health insurance programs; ensure employers or health plan sponsors include coverage for abortion care; and ensure health service providers make abortion available to individuals who are eligible to receive services.
- Racial Justice and Criminal Justice: Pass legislation to prohibit racial and religious profiling within federal law enforcement and develop programs for law enforcement training, data collection, and dealing with complaints.
- Disability and Bodily Autonomy: Pass legislation to mandate protections for people with disabilities in group homes, nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals.
NOTE: The Task Force will coordinate appointments for all pre-registered participants. Pre-registration is very highly recommended and should be done as part of the conference registration process. If you are not sure you are registered for Advocacy Day, email AdvocacyDay@TheTaskForce.org.