The National LGBTQ Task Force proudly presents a robust program of 19 Day Long Institutes at Creating Change. All Institute presentations are 9 am – 6 pm on both Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday, January 24
Racial Justice Institute: Personal Work in Service of Action!
How will the LGBTQ movement be better and more racially just because of who I am and how I hold space for anti-racist work? Please join The Washington Consulting Group and the National LGBTQ Task Force for the Racial Justice Institute, where we will grapple with this question and more.
This year’s Institute offers a space for participants who are engaged in various social change efforts to integrate racial justice practices and strategies into the work they already do. Our learning community will support participants to challenge, heal, and transform themselves to be more confident while working through a racial justice lens across the LGBTQ movement. We will use a heart-centered approach, critical self-reflection, storytelling, interactive and skills-building activities to teach essential racial justice frameworks and practice key skills.
The Racial Justice Institute Agenda:
Morning Session: Personal Work in Service of Action (9:00 - 10:30 am)
For ALL participants, an opportunity to deepen the level of authentic engagement about and across race and sexualities and building the foundational frameworks for effective engagement. The morning will also help participants decide how they will spend their time during the afternoon breakouts. Following this opening, there will be separate sessions for first timers and returners so that we create the space for continued growth for all participants.
Cycle of Oppression and Liberation: First Timers and Returners (10:45 am - 12:30 pm)
Participants will be divided into privileged and minoritized communities of first-time attendees and returners. There are four sessions occurring simultaneously: first-time and returning POC; and first-time and returning white attendees. Each session is designed to provide the foundation and tools for continued practice to engage effectively the dynamics of race.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions (2:00 - 4:30 pm)
1. Engaging Race, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation Across People of Color Communities (People of Color Only)
This session will provide an opportunity for participants who identify as “people of color” to engage the importance of coalition building across “POC” communities and to begin to address the opportunities and challenges faced by these alliances. Participants should attend this session that is interested in building strong alliances across “POC” and LGBT communities.
2. Tools for Exploring Whiteness and White Privilege (White People and People of Color with White/Light Skin Privilege)
What does my own internalized dominance sound like? How do these patterns of thought impact my decision making and my relationships? What are some of the ways that I can be more self-aware of internalized dominance? This workshop is an opportunity to think more deeply about thought patterns and white supremacist thinking in order to assess how our attitudes and communication choices impact our relationships across race as well as with other white people.
3. White People Practicing Skills of Effective Engagement (White People and People of Color with White/Light Skin Privilege)
Building capacity to interrupt white privilege is a key skill for us as we work for racial justice in our daily lives. What does it mean to “call people in?” How do our judgments about other white people prevent us from being true to our racial justice commitments and values? This workshop is about interrupting white privilege, racial inequity, and racist dynamics in self and groups, and creating greater racial justice in your organization.
4. Engaging Race as Multiracial Person (Multiracial and Biracial People Only)
This session will provide an opportunity for those who identify as multi-racial to explore what it means to not fit in a racial box. Participants will explore how being multi-racial adds another level of complexity and beauty to racial justice work in LGBTQ communities. Participants who identify as Bi or Multiracial and wish to explore the race beyond a mono-racial conversation should attend this session.
5. Let’s Talk About It: Real Talk Across Race (People of All Racial Identities)
The session is designed to help participants become more effective engaging self and others across race. Multiracial people, white people, and People of Color who feel ready to have a more advanced level conversation about the dynamics of race are invited to attend. Participants in this session should have an understanding of race/race dynamics and how it impacts their attitudes, beliefs and actions. Participants should have participated in previous RJIs and be actively engaging across race in their communities and organizations.
6. Quieting the Voices of Internalized Oppression (People of Color Only)
Looking outward to address the oppression that is happening to us is easier than looking inward. When we fail to acknowledge the oppression we’ve ingested, we run the risk of projecting that oppression onto those that look like us. In this session, participants will develop skills to unfold where internalized oppression comes from and reflect on how it shows up. We will also explore the initial steps one can take to disrupt internalized oppression and begin a journey to heal, forgive, and love self. We aim for this to be a space where participants will not have to convince, justify, or fight with others to believe in their truth and experiences. Please join us for this rare opportunity to recognize that no matter how isolating oppression may feel, there is community to affirm that you are not alone.
7. Race and Racism in Trans and Gender Queer Spaces (People of All Racial Identities; Trans and Gender Queer people only)
The experiences of trans*, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming folks offer a myriad of opportunities and challenges, both personally and professionally. As we intersect the dynamics of race, gender identity, and gender expression, things can get complicated. This session is designed to create a space for folks who want to engage how and why a racial justice lens is needed as we fight for justice in trans* communities.
8. Towards a Racial Justice Practice: Creating Organizational Change (People of All Racial Identities)
This is for participants who wish to explore how dominant culture shows up in organizations. Without explicitly addressing these norms and how we reinforce them, even the best intentioned organizational inclusion efforts will falter. This session will explore tools and strategies for recognizing the characteristics of dominant culture, specifically white supremacy, and for intentionally creating more racially just institutions.
Closing Gathering (4:45 - 5:30 pm)
Racial Justice Institute Facilitation Team: Washington Consulting Group: Samuel Offer, Durryle Brooks, Vernon Wall, Reese Rathjen, Beth Yohe, Michael Diaz, Lara Americo, Lois Parr, Causten Rodriguez-Wollerman, Monica Motley, Daviree Velazquez, Merrick Moise, Kari Points, Rajani Gudlavalleti, Nick Cream, Bill Huff, Lisa Grey, Danny Phillip, and Eileen Rodriguez, and Daniel Moberg and Evangeline Weiss, National LGBTQ Task Force
Thursday, January 25
Balancing the Bi: Wrestling with Multiply Marginalized Identities in Non-monosexual Spaces
Every year at the Creating Change Institutes, multiply marginalized bi+ (plus) people face the difficult choice of splitting their identities among the many lived experiences they carry with them. At times, it can be hard to justify picking bi+ (plus) spaces when we’re heavily weighed down by white supremacy, class oppression, gender violence, and ableism, among other things. “How is bi+ (plus) identity even relevant today?” In this year’s Bi+ (plus) Institute, we will discuss what it means to be the largest, yet often ignored, group within the LGBTQIA community. In morning group sessions and tailored afternoon breakout programming we will investigate how our Bi+ (plus) identities tie directly to the oppression and liberation of Black, trans, undocumented/immigrant, indigenous, disabled, poor, etc. communities at the local and national levels. Whatever your intersections and identifiers may be, come prepared to challenge monolithic notions of “the bi+ (plus) experience” and welcome the complexity of our vast community – bi+(plus) space IS your space. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for attendees.
Presenters: Eliot Sutler, founder, Bisexual Women of Color Collaborative (BiWoCC); Denarii Monroe; Apphia Kumar; Shervon Laurice, Sam Ames
Facing Oppression Head On: Intersections of Race, the War on Drugs, and Queer Identities
Racialized drug policies perpetuate a system of oppression and disempowerment for marginalized communities. LGBTQ+ People of Color are especially vulnerable to the harms of criminalization, stigma, and shame. Yet alcohol and substance use can also play significant and complex roles in LGBTQ+ cultures and communities, both facilitating connection, exploration, and intimacy, as well as potentially fostering isolation and alienation. Higher rates of alcohol and substance use among LGBTQ+ people heighten vulnerability to the harms of racialized drug policies. This Institute will apply a harm reduction lens to drug use across the intersections of race, class, and oppression in LGBTQ+ communities. Areas of focus include the opioid crisis and overdose prevention, harm reduction strategies for LGBTQ+ people involved in street economies, and options for increasing harm reduction services and syringe access in LGBTQ+ spaces. The Institute will also offer insight into the application of harm reduction principles and tools in LGBTQ+ programs and advocacy, and explore the intersections of drug policy and critical LGBTQ+ issues (including class, race, and privilege) in order to turn advocacy into action.
Presenters: Christopher Collazo, MHS, Capacity Building Services Program Coordinator, Harm Reduction Coalition; Kacey Byczek, Capacity Building Services Manager East, Harm Reduction Coalition; Tanagra Melgarejo, MSW, Capacity Building Services Manager West, Harm Reduction Coalition; Kiefer Paterson, Government Relations Manager, Harm Reduction Coalition; Charles Hawthorne, Capacity Building Coordinator Harm Reduction Training Institute and Outreach Project
Brave Space and Beyond: Navigating Anti-Oppression Dialog in LGBTQ Youth Spaces
The current political climate and recent events has brought language once confined to social justice circles to the mainstream, particularly via social media, where it is not uncommon to come across terms like white supremacy, anti-black racism, misogynoir, and transantagonism, among others. Because they are disproportionately impacted by these forms of oppression, communities and people of intersecting, marginalized identities are ahead of the curve when it comes to identifying and deconstructing these topics, with queer and trans youth of color often leading the way. Yet not everyone is equipped to talk about these and other complex subjects and a number of factors can complicate productive conversations about power and privilege. After introducing an emerging facilitation framework that decentralizes dominant voices and shows how common “safe” space ground rules can recreate systems of oppression, this Institute will explore transforming LGBTQ youth programs into “brave” spaces, giving practical examples of how the framework can begin to create a culture shift in organizations that allows for critical dialog regarding issues like freedom and justice. This Institute is most appropriate for youth, young adults, and youth workers seeking to build truly inclusive communities of radical authenticity and care.
Presenters: BAGLY staff members Bethany M Allen; Aaron Gonzales; Taqari Patterson; and SMYAL staff members Adalphie Johnson, Brandan Persuad, and Tiara Gendi
Queer & Trans API Institute: Building a Queer Asian American & Pacific Islander Movement
Join this movement-building Day Long Institute for Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBTQ people. Network and get to know LGBTQ AAPI activists from all around the country! Come and learn about our LGBTQ AAPI movement history and our place in racial justice movements. We will share how we navigate our unique cultural and family identities as LGBTQ AAPIs to build community, create visibility, organize our people, and shift power on the issues affecting us. We will lift up the voices of Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern and Pacific Islander queer communities in the U.S. and the intersectional social justice movements that engage us. This Institute is intended only for Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and Pacific Islander attendees.
Presenters: Sasha W. and Khudai Tanveer from NQAPIA
The Allyship Institute
This Institute is focused on those who are interested in starting a conversation on ways to engage in allyship with LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as being accomplices to interrupting and dismantling systems of oppression. The Allyship Institute aims to create a brave space for all those interested in gaining knowledge about the relationship between sex, gender, orientation, and identity. Participants will consider how allies dedicated to the work of collective liberation movements can help create inclusive and accessible environments in the different positions where they live, work, and worship. Through a mix of facilitated activities, skill sharing, small group work, large group discussion and a few surprises, attendees will learn key concepts for understanding and supporting LGBTQIA+ communities within a social justice frame and will be given opportunities to develop new advocacy tools, helping them become more effective agents of change in all areas of their lives.
Presenters: Michael Grewe and colleagues
#BlackLiberation: Define and Commit to a Black-Centered Inclusive Agenda
Black LGBTQ and same gender loving (SGL) people too often face harsh realities that are directly connected with living at the intersection of our racial/ethnic and sexual identities. Heightened health disparities, disproportionate impact of the school-to-prison pipeline, and the lack of employment opportunities are just a few of the realities that define many of the lived experiences of Black LGBTQ/SGL people. These public policy issues have been compounded by an executive branch committed to divesting much needed resources provided to racial/ethnic, gender and sexual minorities, in addition to leveraging the bully pulpit to challenge intersectional identities, rendering Black LGBTQ/SGL communities invisible. Understanding the importance of proactive public policy that recognizes our intersectional needs and the uniqueness of our current socio-political environment, we will advance a Black-centered agenda aimed at ensuring the liberation of all Black people. Moving from words to action, we will take our agenda to Capitol Hill in the afternoon with Creating Change’s Advocacy Day. Remembering that none of us are free until all of us are free, we invite you to engage in a powerful morning of advocacy training and development with NBJC.
Presenters: David. J. Johns, National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director; Isaiah R. Wilson, National Black Justice Coalition Director of Public Policy; Remmington F. Belford, National Black Justice Coalition External Affairs Manager
La Unión Hace La Fuerza Instituto Latinx
Acompáñenos para La Unión Hace La Fuerza Instituto Latinx en Washington, DC, la única reunión de individuos, aliados, y organizaciones Latinxs LGBTQ trabajando para nuestra liberación en los EEUU y crear nuestro poder y el activismo LGBTQ Latinx. La Unión Hacek La Fuerza está dedicado a terminar con los prejuicios contra las personas LGBTQ, aumentar el engenderment de la diversidad sexual y de género en la comunidad Latinx, y mejorar la calidad de vida de Latinxs LGBTQ y sus familias. Esta reunión bilingüe de un día es parte capacitación, parte sesión de estrategia nacional, parte construcción de redes y parte FIESTA. Unión=Fuerza es una celebración de nuestras tradiciones culturales y también provocará conversaciones de situaciones críticas en nuestras comunidades y políticas emergentes e innovadoras. Participantes en La Unión Hace La Fuerza incluyen activistas comunitarios, líderes, estudiantes, académicos, oficiales del gobierno, artistas, y muchos más. Esta será nuestra sexta reunión anual. Para más información, visite www.UnionFuerza.org.
Join us for Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute, the only annual national gathering of Latinx LGBTQ people, allies, and organizations working toward our collective liberation in the US and the advancement of LGBTQ Latinx power and activism. Unión ‘Equals’ Fuerza is dedicated to ending LGBTQ prejudice, increasing understanding about sexual and gender diversity in Latinx communities, and improving the quality of life for LGBTQ Latinxs and our families. This bilingual one-day event is part training, part strategy session, part network building, and part PARTY! Unión=Fuerza is a celebration of our rich cultural traditions, which also will provoke conversations on issues critical to our communities and emerging, innovative policy discussions. Attendees include community advocates, leaders, students, academics, government officials, artists, and more! This will be our sixth Institute gathering participants from around the US. For more information, visit: www.UnionFuerza.org.
Presenters: David M. Pérez, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Karari Olvera Orozco, United Latin@ Pride; Alexa Rodriguez, TransLatin@ Coalition; Francisco Dueñas, Lambda Legal; Salem Acuña, Mijente; Ana Andrea Molina, Organización Latina de Trans en Texas
BEING the Storm: How to thrive in a hostile political environment: Executive Director/CEO Institute
Being the leader of a progressive/LGBTQ nonprofit organization is never easy. But it is especially challenging when the Trump/Pence Administration and Republican-controlled Congress is reversing many of our gains and threatening to do even more harm to issues we care about. In addition to the usual demands (fundraising, board relations, recruitment, retention, motivating staff, etc.) a different kind of leadership is required in these times. We must do more than hunker down and weather the storm—we must BE the storm, fighting to advance our agendas as well as to resist. Moreover, we must be clear and moral voices on the broad range of issues that affect our community and our clients (if we don’t, who will?). Unfortunately, we’ve also seen an increase in intra-community attacks in the wake of the Presidential election. This year’s Institute will include interactive small and large group sessions of relevance to nonprofit E.D.s/CEOs in the current political environment. Topics will include: a landscape assessment of the first year of the new Administration; success stories of resistance and advancement; building stronger relationships that may help prevent or ameliorate intra-community attacks; fundraising opportunities in the current environment; what CEO’s/E.D.’s can and cannot say and do and the consequences; group skill building mentoring; and more. Come prepared to share your thoughts and experiences. This session is specifically for nonprofit Executive Directors/CEOs only.
Co-Conveners, five long-time nonprofit CEO’s: Marjorie Hill, Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center; Lorri L. Jean, Los Angeles LGBT Center; Kate Kendell, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Terry Stone, retired former CEO and consultant: The Nonprofit Geek; Lance Toma, API Wellness Center
White People's Institute for Ending Racism
This is a workshop for white LGBTQ and allied people who want to go deeper into our understanding of our own collusion with white supremacy and reflect on the opportunities to resist this conditioning in our organizing and leadership.
How are we as white people indoctrinated into white supremacy? Where do our beliefs root and what can we do to develop greater consciousness about our own internalized dominance? The morning session will be an examination of our social conditioning and the ways that this impacts us in our work and life. The afternoon session will be a visioning session with opportunities to design strategies for making changes and being accountable in our work.
Facilitator: Evangeline Weiss, Leadership Programs Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
From “Target Populations” to Decisionmakers: Uplifting Leaders of Transgender Experience
This Institute will explore the many ways to create change through the meaningful involvement of people of transgender experience. We will discuss “meaningful involvement,” a concept that originated in the fight against HIV, and will focus on the intersection of transgender health and HIV while addressing populations that are often left out of the design and evaluation of programs meant to reach them. The Institute will examine the needs of people of transgender experience, especially people of transgender experience living with HIV who used drugs, and people of color. We will create space for participants to strategize techniques to increase meaningful involvement of these and other key community members and provide an opportunity for action planning to take back to their community. Participants will leave ready to address how individual, institutional, and structural oppression leaves out those most critically impacted and prepare to mobilize their local communities to truly embody the credo, “Nothing about us without us.”
Presenters: Bre’ Campbell (She, Her), Executive Director, Trans Sistas of Color Project; Julio J. Fonseca (He, Him), Program Manager, Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS (PACT), Positive Organizing Project (POP), AIDS United; Cristina Herrera (She, Her), Founder and CEO, Translatina Network; Kyle Neil (they, them, theirs), Development Director, TGI, Justice Project; Zane Stephens (He, Him), Co-director and co-founder, The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
Campus Pride College Student Leader Institute
There is a long history of LGBTQ organizing by college leaders. From the chapters of the Gay Liberation Front in the early 1970s to Gay-Straight-Alliances in the 1980s, Safe Zone programs in the 1990s, and queer/trans coalitions today, LGBTQ college students have a primary role in this movement. Campus Pride, the nation’s leading LGBTQ college organization, provides tools, resources, and back-up to college students on the grassroots level making positive change on college campuses throughout the country. Join us for the Campus Pride College Leader Institute focusing on enhancing leadership and organizing skills of college leaders. Participants will learn organizing strategies, gain access to resources specific to higher education, and develop action plans for making change all within a framework of intersectional justice. Come for a day of leadership development, skill building, and strategic dialogue and a unique opportunity to build solidarity with other college organizers across the US.
Presenters: Shane Windmeyer, Campus Pride Executive Director; Tatim Brice, Campus Pride Student Volunteer; Key Fowler, Campus Pride Student Volunteer & Board Member
Intergenerational Institute: Creating an Age Inclusive Activist Movement
LGBT people of all ages are engaged in local and state advocacy struggles and serve as powerful spokespeople to educate the broader public about pervasive discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation, education, medical care, and other aspects of their lives. Hear from LGBT activists and providers about how they work to build an age-inclusive activist movement, raise awareness, and advocate for change in their communities. Through interactive group workshops, storytelling and panels—audience members and presenters will share how they tackle issues of primary importance to LGBT elders and elders of color.
Presenter: Serena Worthington, Director of National Field Initiatives, SAGE
Just Sex: Mapping Your Desire
In 1978, Audre Lorde famously wrote — the erotic is power. Lorde understood that authentic sexuality was not a superficial ‘aside’ as the mainstream LGBTQ movement often suggested, but was in fact the thing our ‘enemies’ feared the most. Building upon Lorde, Black gay prophet Joseph Beam declared in his groundbreaking anthology, In the Life: Black men loving Black men is a revolutionary act.
Desire Mapping is an inheritor of the Black queer and trans tradition of throwing off racist, sexist and classist constructions of assimilative sexuality, and ‘legitimate’ masculinities to claim our personal and collective power. Desire Mapping hinges on the idea that until we discover and build upon our authentic desire — and stop capitulating to or parroting the ‘wants’ that others have designed and approved for us — we cannot seek connection, love ourselves fully, nor build our families and our movements in the generative ways that we must. In fact, the more we bury and deny our erotic truths, the more our vision for vibrant lives and collective liberation falters.
This Institute is Open to All. Don’t be late! The doors close at 9am sharp.
Presenters: Ignacio Rivera, Amelie Zurn, Jack Harrison-Quintana, Andrea Jenkins, Debanuj DasGupta, Shannon Perez-Darby and others
Police Violence and LGBTQ People and Communities
Police violence and police reform efforts are issues that have been sweeping the nation for the past several years and LGBTQ people are often at the forefront in terms of organizing and policy as well as the deadly impacts police violence have against LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color. This Institute will allow participants to better understand the histories of LGBTQ police violence and organizing, national policy reform efforts and ways individuals and groups can engage in organizing in their local communities and beyond to better understand and address police violence impacting LGBTQ people.
Presenters will include staff from the New York City Anti-Violence Project, the Transgender Law Center, the Audre Lorde Project, and BreakOUT!
PFLAG Town Meeting and Advocacy Institute: Parenting and Advocating for Our LGBTQ Kids in a Hostile Environment
Our LGBTQ kids are growing up in complex and rapidly changing social and political environments. In this Institute, PFLAG National Staff will hold a mini-Town Meeting for parents and families (LGBTQ or otherwise) who want or need more resources and support in raising children of any gender and sexual orientation. We will ask participants:
- What are your personal challenges?
- How are multiple burdens of Islamophobia, policing, poverty, racism, anti-immigrant sentiment, religious bigotry and ableism impacting your child and family?
- What institutions or issues should be prioritized around advocacy in this difficult political moment?
- What opportunities (local, state, federal) have arisen because of the chaotic and anti-LGBTQ administration?
- If you were determining priorities for PFLAG, what would they be?
After the town meeting, senior staff will do mini-trainings on some of our favorite PFLAG advocacy tools including How to Tell Your Story in 2 Minutes.
Finally, we will have a training session for participants interested in joining the Task Force Advocacy Day effort on the Hill. Since January, intensive constituent lobbying has thwarted a number of terrible legislative proposals. Let’s build on that resistance through the power of PFLAG.
Faculty: Jaime M. Grant, Executive Director; Catherine Hyde, PFLAG Board; Diego Sanchez, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Partnerships; Jean-Marie Navetta, Director of Learning and Inclusion; Jamie Curtis, Director of Chapter Engagement; and Liz Owen, Director of Communications
Digital Strategy Training Institute
At the ninth annual Digital Strategy Training Institute (DSTI), you will spend a day hearing from a range of experts about the latest digital tools and online advocacy strategies that you can incorporate into your work, how to find social media tools that are appropriate for your budget, how to stay on top of the latest new media trends, and how to successfully implement them at your organization.
Presenters: Allison Palmer, Kyle Graden, Ryan Davis, and colleagues
LGBTQ Campus Resource Professionals Institute
The Institute, sponsored by the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals (the Consortium), provides professional development, skills building, and networking for those who have professional roles supporting LGBTQ people on college and university campuses. The Institute, intersectional in nature, is grounded in anti-racism and social justice principles and focuses on access, inclusion, and equity for LGBTQ students and employees in higher education. This session is designed for those who engage in, or plan to engage in, LGBTQ work on college campuses. The Institute is for Consortium members with limited space for nonmembers who are interested. To learn more about the Consortium, please visit our website at www.lgbtcampus.org.
Crisis & Resilience: Strategies for International LGBTQ Solidarity
The global export of homophobia, sexism and transphobia from the US religious and political right places LGBTQ people, their families and allies around the world in harm’s way. The historic and current waves of neo-colonialism, white supremacy and Christian exceptionalism result in challenges to human dignity and equal rights for LGBTQ people and their families, threats to women’s reproductive rights and health, and HIV-AIDS prevention and care. In the midst of this global crisis, international LGBTQ and ally activists are doing extraordinary resistance work; operating from their own agency and creative leadership; and demonstrating inspiring resilience.
This interactive Institute welcomes activists at all levels of knowledge, interest and experience in the international sector. We will learn about the hot spots around the world — Chechnya, Egypt, Indonesia, Tanzania, and more and go beyond the headlines. We will explore the political, religious and social contexts through a global mapping exercise; two panels with international LGBTQ activists; decoding anti-equality vocabulary, religious and “natural family” language used at the UN and by the opposition in local or regional contexts; exploring the meaning and strategies of principled international solidarity for US-based activists; and the building of intersectional, international alliances in LGBTQ and gender justice work. Together we are building a world that is free and equal.
Conveners and presenters: Urooj Arshad, Advocates for Youth; Twanna Hines and Annerieke Smaak, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE); Michael J. Adee, Global Faith and Justice Project; Victoria Petitjean, Global Interfaith Network; Graeme Reid and Ryan Thoreson, Human Rights Watch; Gillian Kane and Jeanne Hefez, Ipas; Jessica Stern and Maria Sjodin, OutRight Action International; Cole Parke and Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, Political Research Associates; Haven Herrin, Soulforce; Evelyn Schlatter, Southern Poverty Law Center; Joseph Tolton and Ann Craig, The Fellowship Global; Addison Smith, Wellspring Advisors