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The National LBGTQ Task Force proudly presents a robust program of 21 Day Long Institutes at Creating Change. All Institute presentations are 9 AM – 6 PM on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday, January 18

Racial Justice Institute: Building an Anti-Racist LGBTQ Movement!          

The Washington Consulting Group in partnership with the Task Force invite you to join us for a daylong Racial Justice Institute on Wednesday for all interested conference attendees. The agenda provides participants opportunities to explore the intersections of race and sexualities, power and privilege and how to integrate racial justice tools into our everyday work. Through a combination of storytelling, dynamic activities, conceptual frameworks and facilitated dialogue, we create a learning environment where activists, community leaders, change agents, students and teachers from across our movement can do the self work needed to be effective instruments in creating change.

Lead facilitators: Dr. Jamie Washington, Dr. becky martinez, and Evangeline Weiss, Leadership Programs Director, National LGBTQ Task Force

The Racial Justice Institute Agenda:

Morning Session: Welcome to Building an Anti-Racist LGBTQ Movement: 9:00-10:30

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, will provide separate sessions for first timers, and returners so that we create the space for continued growth for all participants.

Cycle of Oppression and Liberation: 10:45-12:30 pm

Participants will be divided into privileged and minoritized communities of returners and new attendants.  There are 4 workshops happening 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 dynamics of race effectively.

Latecomers Table: If you arrive on site and want to Join the Racial Justice Institute after 10:30, please check in at the Latecomers table!

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 2:00-4:45 pm

  1. Engaging race, gender identity, and sexual orientation across people of color communities
  2. Exploring Whiteness and White Privilege
  3. White People Practicing Skills of Effective Engagement
  4. Engaging Race as Multiracial Person
  5. Let’s Talk About It: Real Talk Across Race
  6. Quieting the voices of internalized oppression and self care as people of color:
  7. Race and Racism in Trans and Gender Queer Spaces
  8. Towards a Racial Justice Practice: Creating Organizational Change
  9. Open Space
  10. Taking Care of Self

Closing – All Participants 5:00-5:30


Thursday, January 19

The Black Institute: What’s Next? A Post-Obama Era for Black LGBTQ/SGL People               

In the age of the Obama Presidency, our communities have witnessed great progress: the passage of federal hate crimes legislation; the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and open transgender service; a National HIV/AIDS Strategy; and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, we have also experienced many setbacks: the continued negative impact of the criminal justice system on our communities; the rise of overt racism and nationalist militias; and the rise of HIV/AIDS in our community. During the 2017 Black Institute, we will explore these triumphs and challenges, and work to plot the path forward in a post-Obama era.

Organized by the National Black Justice Coalition


LGBTQ Campus Resource Professionals Institute                

The Institute, organized 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


Queer 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.


Unión Equals Fuerza: Latinx Institute      

Acompáñenos para La Unión Hace La Fuerza Instituto Latinx en Philadelphia, la única reunión de individuos, aliados, y organizaciones Latinxs LGBTQ trabajando para nuestra liberación en los EEUU y el poder y activismo LGBTQ Latinx. La Unión Hace La Fuerza está dedicado a terminar con los prejuicios contra las personas LGBTQ, aumentar el entendimiento de la diversidad sexual y de género en la comunidad Latinx, y mejorar la calidad de vida de Latin@s LGBTQ y sus familias. Esta reunión bilingüe de un dia es parte capacitacion, parte sesión de estrategia nacional, parte construcción de redes y parte FIESTA. Unión=Fuerza es una celebración de 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 cuarta reunión anual. Para más información, visite

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 Latin@s 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 fifth institute gathering participants from around the US. For more information, visit:

Facilitators and Organizers: David M. Perez, LULAC; Francisco Dueñas, Lambda Legal; Elicia Gonzales, Philadelphia; Ana Andrea Molina, Organización Latina de Trans en Texas


HIV/AIDS & Our Emotional Health: An Interactive Seminar for People of all Statuses       

The HIV/AIDS pandemic poses unique stressors to those of all statuses. Whether you are HIV positive, or HIV negative in a high-risk population, stigma impacts our emotional and mental health. In this interactive seminar, which includes a panel and workshop, participants will hear from mental and emotional health workers in the field on how we need to be incorporating mental health, and be provided with tools to consider how emotional health can be built into their life and work in the field of HIV & AIDS. The purpose of this institute is to create a healing space for people to engage with the intersections of HIV/AIDS and mental health both personally and in their work.

Participants will gain:  Practical and tangible skills to address mental/emotional health; Knowledge about the ways the HIV/AIDS pandemic affects mental health personally and collectively; Strategies to move forward in our HIV/AIDS work to address stressors/challenges impacting mental health; Strategies to integrate our spiritual practices in our mental health and wellness; Practice being in shared space with people living with HIV, people who are negative and folks with unknown status to explore mental health.

Co-facilitators:  Erica Woodland, founder of National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network; and Yolo Akili Robinson, founder of BEAM which envisions a “world where there are no barriers to black healing.”


Desire Mapping Institute              

Join us for the Day Long Desire Mapping Institute. Come to uncover or recover some part of yourself you’ve left behind; come to share or be silent; come and be amazed and buoyed by the strength and the courage of your peers. As our ancestor and movement trailblazer Audre Lorde wrote famously—the erotic is power! Sex isn’t ‘beside the point’ in our activism, it is the bedrock of our authentic selves, and a critical source of strength that our enemies would have us betray and deny. Desire Mapping is a dynamic tool for sexual liberation that hinges on the idea that until we can claim our authentic desire—and not simply capitulate to or parrot the ‘wants’ that others have designed and approved for us—we cannot seek justice and re-make the world in the radical, generative ways that we must. In fact, the more we name and claim our erotic truths, the more our vision for true liberation thrives.

Organizer and lead facilitator: Jaime Grant


Digital Strategy Training Institute              

At the eighth annual Digital Strategy Training Institute (DSTI), you will spend a day hearing from Ryan Davis (@RyanNewYork) and other 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, Kathy Plate, and Ryan Davis


Faith Support in the Majority: Countering Harm with Increased Capacity and Impact!     

People of faith and with faith, who support LGBTQ people in some way, have reached a majority; we are over 50% in the US. And, per PRRI polls, these supporters act like they are still in the minority. Come and dig in to discuss this phenomenon. Learn how we can counter the spiritual, emotional and political harm inflicted upon LGBQ and especially transgender and gender queer people. Discuss some best practices and take away tools to engage, organize and mobilize people with and of faith. Learn about specific ways we can inspire people of faith to be more visible; to build more community through education about gender justice and trans allyship; and to participate in effective and heart-felt advocacy actions that tell decision-makers the story of how our faith communities feel about LGBTQ non-discrimination protections.

Presenters: Staff of the Faith Organizing Team at the National LGBTQ Task Force: Kathleen Campisano, Organizing Manager; Rev. Rodney McKenzie, Director; Victoria Kirby York, National Campaigns Director; Bri Sanders, Organizer; Camden Hargrove, Organizer; Carol Lautier, Senior Fellow Practice Spirit Do Justice


A Harm Reduction Exploration of Alcohol and Drugs in the LGBTQ Community: Going Deeper    

Alcohol and substance use play significant roles in LGBTQ cultures and communities. Alcohol and drug use facilitate connection, exploration, and intimacy, as well as isolation and alienation. Rates of alcohol and substance use—as well as problematic use and dependence—are higher among LGBTQ communities, but stigma, shame and silence often inhibit honest reflection about alcohol/drugs and the LGBTQ community. This Institute will apply a harm reduction lens to the meanings and values, pleasures and dangers of substance use in LGBTQ spaces and social networks.

Presenters: Staff of the Harm Reduction Coalition of New York City: Demetrius McCord, Jarad Ringer, Christopher Collazo


White People’s Institute for Ending Racism          

This is your day to unpack whiteness and white privilege. How does white privilege function in your life, you work, your family? The White People’s Institute is a space for people with white skin privilege to deepen our analysis, build our skills and make public commitments to end racism.

This space will encourage participants to: develop a shared framework for recognizing systemic racism and the disparate ways that racism impacts us; explore how whiteness impacts our lives, and how our journeys with privilege have been similar and have differed as we embody intersections with sexuality, class, ability, age, nationality, and gender (among others); share practical tools for holding ourselves accountable individually and in community—in our workplaces, schools and universities, and faith communities; invest in a deeper vision of racial justice that is steeped in the self-interest of white liberatory consciousness; design and claim courageous commitments for Ending Racism.

Presenter: Evangeline Weiss, Director of Leadership Programs, National LGBTQ Task Force


Intersectionally Trans: Building a Truly Inclusive Trans/GNC Movement

The intention of this Day Long Institute is to create a space for activists and advocates to be able to analyze and understand their own efforts and advocacy from a genuinely intersectional perspective. An integral part of this institute will be the relation between Trans/GNC movements and other social justice movements, with the goal of making our activism and actions ones that are truly intersectional in ways that account for disability, racism, classism, etc. The Institute will also include information about what the new Presidential administration means to trans people and how trans people can respond to the new administration’s actions.

Presenter: Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, JD, Policy Counsel, Trans/GNC Justice Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force


We Are Family!

Family is at the root of all issues in the sexual freedom movement, whether family of birth or family of choice—from immigration to reproductive justice; incarceration and state violence to economic justice; adoption to emancipation; environmental justice to employment. Join us to explore the role of family in social justice issues, and to discuss ways to shift both the national conversation and the policies (like Religious Freedom Restoration Act) that impact our human right to family.

Presenters: Ricci Levy, Woodhull Freedom Foundation; Carmen Vázquez, Woodhull Freedom Foundation Board of Directors; Monica Raye Simpson, Woodhull Freedom Foundation Board of Directors; Mandy Farsace, Woodhull Freedom Foundation; Christopher Smith, Woodhull Freedom Foundation Advisory Council


Aging Issues, Activism and the LGBT Movement                 

LGBT elders 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/Organizer: Serena Worthington, Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE USA)


Thriving: The Eric Rofes Legacy: Envisioning a transformative queer movement focused on sex, health, politics, and liberation   

Eric E. Rofes (1954-2006) was a key thinker and organizer of LGBT liberation movements in the United States and internationally. His life and activism were organized in what would be considered an intersectional frame: he believed that queer activism and lives had much to learn from the other worlds in which he lived, and his broad writing and thinking reflected a curiosity that sought to explore the similarities and differences between different movements. In this Day Long Institute, participants will hear short TED-talk-like presentations on the key issues that informed Rofes’ thinking, including youth suicide, education and charter schools, the sex lives of community organizers, queer feminism, trans liberation; LGBT health, and the power of community organizing. After the short presentations, we will consider the future-oriented legacy of Rofes’ work and how it might inform current thinking and organizing of queer liberation.

Presenters: Trevor Hoppe, Ben Shepard, Charles Stephens, Chris Bartlett, Patrick Egan, Amber Hollibaugh, Jaime Grant, Mandy Carter, Beth Zemsky, Tony Valenzuela, Jim Pickett, Lex Rofes, Kevin Trimell Jones, Jewelle Gomez, Diane Sabin


YouthLink Institute: Youth Programming at Centers and in Communities               

This Day Long Institute, presented by CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, is designed as a resource for staff working with LGBTQ youth programs. This session will provide professional development, skills building and networking for LGBTQ Community Centers’ and community organizations’ staff leading programming for LGBTQ youth. The Institute will be comprised of both presentations and interactive small and large group sessions. Be prepared to share your program highlights and best practices. Focus will be placed on (but not limited to) program development and evaluation, engaging and retaining youth participants, adult/parent participation, working with schools, program models, and involving youth in developing and implementing programs.

Denise Spivak, Senior Director of Programs and Outreach, CenterLink


Intersectionality Beyond Binaries             

This Day Long Institute is a closed session for people with non-monosexual/non-monoromantic identities, which includes bi, pan, fluid, queer, omni, other identity labels, and people with no labels at all. We will bring to light the diversity within bi+ communities and the stories of those who struggle with invisibility within the movement. Our voices as activists reflect the intersections of racism, sexism, classism, trans antagonism, bi+ antagonism, ableism, immigrant antagonism, asexual and aromantic antagonism, and more. We will learn of our histories and frame our circumstances in a way that we build a map of our fight for visibility and inclusion. All non-monosexual/non-monoromantic identities welcome! Come to our Day Long Institute! Be seen. Be heard. Be empowered and be beautiful!

Facilitators: Apphia Kumar, co-founder of Birds of a Feather and Board Chair for SALGA-NYC, New York’s largest South Asian LGBTQ organization; Bri Carter, founder of (Bi)ased, a Georgia group for bisexual people of color


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: Campus Pride Leaders


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 fore front in terms of organizing and policy as well as the deadly impacts police violence has 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.

Facilitator/Organizer: Shelby Chestnut, Director of Organizing and Public Advocacy, New York City Anti-Violence Project


Ally Institute     

Are you interested in learning how to respond to discriminatory, biased, or oppressive statements or behaviors? Do you want language and skills to be able to advocate for better policies and practices that promote LGBTQIA equity at your workplace, place of worship, or campus? Are you looking for activities and modules you can employ in workshops or trainings you lead? The Ally Institute aims to create a brave space for those engaged in allyship with LGBQTIA communities interested in gaining knowledge and skills in navigating allyship. 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 intentionally supporting LGBTQIA+ communities within a social justice framework and will be given opportunities to develop new advocacy tools, helping them become more effective agents of change in all areas of their lives.

Organizer/Facilitator: Michael Grewe


Brave Space: Queering Safety in Youth Spaces Post-Orlando

We live in a world that seems increasingly punctuated by violence, but communities and people of intersecting, oppressed identities — who are disproportionately targets of violence — know this is not a new phenomenon. In an age where even traditionally safe spaces have been touched by brutality, can we promise that our community youth programs provide safety? Brave space is an emerging concept that seeks to empower and center traditionally disadvantaged people (e.g., youth, people of color, women, immigrants, gender-nonconforming people, LGBTQ people, people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, etc.). This Institute will explore the grounds for moving from a “safe” to a “brave” space for LGBTQ youth, including youth of intersecting identities, giving practical examples of how brave space ground rules can begin to create a culture shift in organizations. It will also provide an opportunity for young people in attendance to make actionable recommendations on how to improve programming so as to create a brave space and encourage more meaningful youth participation. This Institute is most appropriate for young people who attend youth programs and young adults who are transitioning from program attendees to staff.

Organizers and facilitators: BAGLY: The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth and The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia


Executive Director/CEO Institute
How to manage Tall when the world is leaning Right

A Trump/Pence Administration and a Republican-controlled Congress change the landscape for LGBT/progressive nonprofit organizations.  Management, leadership and self-care will take on new meaning on top of all the usual demands —fundraising, board relations, recruitment, retention, motivating staff, etc.—all while facing threats and often growing client/constituency needs.  How can we do it all and take care of ourselves in the process?  This year’s Institute will include interactive small and large group sessions of relevance to nonprofit E.D.s/CEOs in this new political environment.  Topics may include:  the likely impact on our organizations and our communities—policies, laws, funding; how our work and organizational missions may need to change; legal parameters (C3, C4, H election); working in coalitions; how to lead in difficult times; and more.  Come prepared to share your thoughts and experiences.  This session is specifically for nonprofit Executive Directors/CEOs only.

The Co-Conveners are four 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, CenterLink.

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