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 second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at TechTown Detroit, 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202.
To contact the Host Committee, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Fabulous Co-Chairs of the Creating Change 2019 Host Committee:
Bridie Johnson is a Michigan State Licensed Mastered Social Worker and is currently employed at American Indian Health and Family services as the Clinical Supervisor of the Behavioral Health Department. Bridie was also previously the Director of Programs from 2007-2009 at the Ruth Ellis Center, an organization servicing LBGTQIA2-S homeless youth in Highland Park, Michigan. She has been a national trainer on transgender inclusion in the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Shelter safe space movement in Michigan. Ms. Johnson has degrees from Saginaw Valley State University and Wayne State University. Bridie also assisted the Program Manager of the MCADSV, LBGTQIA2-S coalition conducting research for the I Am for Survivors Project, an initiative focused on increasing accessibility in Michigan for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning survivors of domestic and sexual violence needing safe shelter spaces.
Cara Mitrano is a senior undergraduate student at Wayne State University. She has been involved in LGBT+ activism since high school by founding a Gay-Straight Alliance and volunteering with local nonprofits. At Wayne State, Cara has been a leader in LGBT+ student organizations and founded the LGBT Student Advisory Board. Cara is also a member of SEMHAC (Southeastern Michigan HIV/AIDS Council) and collaborates with many organizations including Planned Parenthood, Transgender Michigan, Advocates for Youth, the Gender-Identity Network Alliance, and PFLAG. In her future career as a physician, Cara hopes to promote dignity, respect, and proper care for all patients, especially those of marginalized communities.
David Anthony Nelson, Jr. is a Detroit resident who currently serves as the Linkage to Care Specialist at Unified HIV Health and Beyond and a member of Southeast Michigan HIV/AIDS Council. Former co-chair the Hotter Than July Palmer Park Picnic committee and Annual Gathering on LGBT Issues. David’s background comes from working with AIDS Partnership Michigan’s REC Boyz, (Real Enough to Change), a youth empowerment and HIV prevention organization that focused on men who sleep with men (MSM) between the ages 14 to 24 for five years. Later, Nelson was introduced to LGBT Detroit and is a 2012 graduate of The LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy. In 2013, David was a part of a visibility campaign known as “LGBT In The D” to promote the awareness and diversity in Detroit’s dynamic LGBT culture. David inspires to empower the youth through education and mentorship, create sustainability for homeless youth and young adults, and also move equality for the LGBT community.
Lilianna Angel Reyes, trans Latina woman and Public administration graduate of the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, has extensive history working in leading organizations and coalitions focused at reducing disparities of marginalized populations including people of color, women, LGBTQ communities, and HIV positive communities. She has worked with many state and national civil rights organizations including Affirmations, Planned Parenthood, Detroit Police Chief’s LGBT Advisory Council, Transgender Michigan, and many others. She has been recognized in USA Today’s 2017 Faces of Pride Michigan leader. Currently Interim Executive Director of Michigan’s largest LGBT Community Center, Affirmations and the 1st Latina trans woman to run an LGBTQ+ public organization in Michigan Director. She is also a Founding Mother and co executive director for a transformative Detroit-metro non-profit, The Trans Sistas of Color Project (TSCOP).