So exactly what is Creating Change?
The National LGBTQ Task Force sponsors and organizes the Creating Change. Creating Change 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the conference. The Creating Change Conference is the foremost political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement. Since 1988, Creating Change has created opportunities for many 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.
What’s the goal of the Conference?
The primary goal of the Creating Change Conference is to build our movement’s political power from the ground up to secure our overarching goal of full freedom, justice, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the United States.
We present the country’s foremost organizing and training conference at a crucial time. Our beloved LGBTQ communities are targeted by a vicious and unrelenting Presidential administration determined to roll back all gains made in the arenas of civil rights, health care, voting access, education, housing, food access and justice. We need to build our strength and resilience now more than ever.
Where is this year’s Creating Change Conference going to be held? And when?
Creating Change 2018 convenes in Washington, DC January 24-28, 2018 at the Wardman Park Marriott in the Woodley Park neighborhood.
The National LGBTQ Task Force proudly invites you to our 30th Anniversary of the Creating Change Conference! At our 30th, we will Learn. Connect. Resist.
- LEARN: We attend to each other to learn more deeply how to effectively organize for the changes we need to survive, thrive and live.
- CONNECT: We connect to build our communities and to deepen our relationships to sustain us and to defend ourselves and our people.
- RESIST: We vow to resist the current administration’s onslaughts against LGBTQ people of all races, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, faith traditions, immigration statuses, and physical and mental abilities.
What happens during the Conference?
Over the five days of the Creating Change Conference, our program presents over 18 Day Long Institutes; two dozen sophisticated trainings in “Task Force Presents”; a special programming segment called Practice Spirit, Do Justice for faith leaders and organizers; approximately 250 workshops and caucus sessions on a full range of topics; three keynote plenary sessions; worshipful gatherings; meetings; receptions and social events, and a multitude of opportunities for attendees to connect with and learn from each other.
Because Creating Change 2018 gathers in Washington DC at a crucial time of resistance to the Trump agenda, we will organize a Lobby Day to bring our voices to the US Congress. The Lobby Day will be held in the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 25.
Who goes to Creating Change?
You, we hope! Over 3800 people attended the 2017 Creating Change Conference in Philadelphia from all over the United States, with a few attendees from other countries. We want you to be a part of it!
Attendees represent all sectors and demographic groups in our movement and communities: young and old activists; organizers and activists of color; paid and volunteer staff people at LGBTQ political and community organizations; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocates and straight allies; HIV/AIDS activists; elected officials; safer school advocates; anti-violence activists; faith community organizers; artists and cultural workers; and leaders of campus communities and local community centers. In short, Creating Change is an annual gathering of organizers and activists working to create a world in which our sexual orientations and gender expressions will be welcomed and celebrated.
Great! When can I register?
You can book a hotel room, too. We recommend early booking because our host hotel sometimes sells out. To book a room, click here.
So, what is the Washington DC LGBTQ community doing?
Our LGBTQ family in the Washington DC area, fondly called the DMV, (District, Maryland, Virginia), is working hard to roll out a fabulous rainbow carpet of welcome to Creating Change 2018. Our DMV family reverberates with energy and determination to build and sustain organizations that lift up and celebrate LGBTQ people. As the epicenter of US politics, the DMV is home to a plethora of political groups: national organizations fighting back against the Trump agenda and local organizations defending and expanding social services and political support for our people.
Among the many organizations and projects that are working with us on Creating Change 2018, we note especially: Trans-Latina DMV; the DC Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs; the Bisexual Women of Color Collaborative; La Clinica del Pueblo; Dēmos; Gertrude Stein Democratic Club; the DC Center for the LGBT Community; the Triangle Club; the DuPont Circle Club; Many Voices, a Black church movement for gay and transgender justice; National City Christian Church; Center Faith; Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Metro DC PFLAG; Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit; Whitman-Walker Health; Latino GLBT History Project; Casa Ruby; Center Aging; Primetimers of Washington DC; Mary’s House for Older Adults; Imperial Court of Washington DC; DC Black Pride; Capital Pride Alliance; Capital Trans Pride; Baltimore Pride; SMYAL; Wanda Alston Foundation
How much does it cost to attend the 30th Creating Change?
When budgeting for the Creating Change Conference, attendees should include the conference registration fee, travel costs, accommodations, and food costs.
Registration fees range from $535 to $0, depending on an attendee’s age, when one chooses to register, and whether an attendee seeks financial support to attend. Conference registration, with rates and scholarship information, are are posted here.
Travel costs vary greatly depending on how far one must travel to/from Washington and the travel option chosen. Air travel is probably most expensive, followed by Amtrak; auto or bus travel is probably least expensive.
The Wardman Park Marriott offers rooms at a conference rate of $149/night. Sharing a room is a great way to reduce the cost of a hotel stay. Also, the Creating Change Host Committee sets up a community housing program so that attendees can be housed at no charge by community members.
We suggest that attendees budget at least $65/day for food while at the conference. This will allow for three nutritious but modestly priced meals a day. There are a variety of food outlets within walking distance of the Wardman Park Marriott in the Woodley Park neighborhood.
The Host Committee organizes and staffs Hospitality Suites that offer no-cost lunches and dinners for those attendees whose identities qualify them for use of the Hospitality Suites. Suites serve: Youth 24 and under; Elders 62 and older; People of Color; Bisexual People; Transgender People; and Persons with Disabilities.