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Each year, the Task Force works with a dedicated group of volunteers who join the conference Host Committee to accomplish critical on-the-ground organizing and outreach. Come be part of it and show your siblings from around the U.S. some beautiful Queer Love!

The Host Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Community Room of the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir NW, Washington, DC 20005 (14th Street intersects Massachusetts Avenue at Thomas Circle). Directions

To contact the Host Committee, please send email to

Meet the Fabulous Co-Chairs of the Creating Change 2018 Host Committee:

Alexa Elizabeth Rodriguez is originally from Usulután, El Salvador where she founded Mi Nueva Familia, a working group for people living with HIV and for transgender women. In 2009, Alexa arrived in the United States and continued her work as an HIV/STI prevention educator with Identity Inc., Mariposas Group, Empoderáte Youth Center, and Casa de Maryland HIV Program. Alexa is a promoter for Miss Maryland Latin@ and Miss Translatina, former Vice-President of Latino GLBT History Project, and a member of the National Trans-Latina Coalition and Executive Director of Trans-Latina DMV. She coordinated the Youth Center Transgender Program Coordinator for La Clinica del Pueblo.

Ben de Guzman has been a leading voice on issues of racial equity, immigrants’ rights, veteran’s affairs, and LGBT justice for more than 15 years. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, and was principal staff at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), where he managed the policy and programmatic work for NQAPIA and its federation of 40 Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBT groups around the country. The son of Filipino immigrants Ben was born and raised in New Jersey and is celebrating his 20th anniversary of calling the District of Columbia home.

Eliot Sutler (she/they pronouns) is a civil rights and employment attorney and Black bisexual activist. Eliot founded the Bisexual Women of Color Collaborative (BiWoCC), which provides life-saving resources, shared community tools, networking and safe space opportunities for bisexual+ women and femmes of color in the DC area. Eliot co-led the 2016 Bisexual Institute at Creating Change, moderated and spoke at the 2016 White House Bisexual Briefing, and sat on the 2016 Capitol Hill Bi Week panel. Eliot was elected to the board of BiNet USA in 2017 where she cultivates partnerships, funding opportunities and programming for black bisexual+ organizers and projects.

Rodney McKenzie, Jr. is Director of Partnerships at Dēmos and is an experienced community organizer, movement leader and out person of faith who brings over fifteen years of experience fighting for grassroots political power in marginalized communities. Rodney directed the Academy for Leadership and Action at the National LGBTQ Task Force, where focused on faith organizing across the country. Rodney holds a Master of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary, where he put James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Essex Hemphill and the Apostle Paul in conversation. his theological work challenges how theology and LGBTQI politics approach the intersection of race, class and sexuality through a radical faith frame.

Terrance Laney is the Deputy Director of the DC Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs. He joined the Bowser Administration after serving as an aide to Congresswoman Maxine Waters and working for organizations including the National Black Justice Coalition, BYP100, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage Equality and the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012.Terrance is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. Terrance has lived in Washington, DC for 10 years and has been in love with the District since day one! Terrance is active in the DC Gay Flag Football league, Unity of Washington DC Church and performs stand-up comedy at venues around town.

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