Hello DMV! Opening Plenary Session
Keynote: Activism in A Time of Tyranny
Thursday, January 25 • 8:00 pm • Marriott Ballroom
We live in a time of a tyrannical federal government that each day exercises its powers over us: LGBTQ, people of color, women, poor people, immigrants whether documented or not, sick and old people, young people in public educational settings. The harms meted out by a tyrannical government seem never to end and land on us with head-spinning frequency. Through energy, resolve, and spirit, we vow to resist, defend, and protect each other. What does look, feel, and sound like? What is called forth and from us to stand and fight back day after day? What are the lessons from 30 years ago? The learnings from yesterday and today? Four seasoned activists and organizers share their best thinking to lift us forward.
Victoria Kirby York, Deputy Director of the Advocacy and Action Department, National LGBTQ Task Force
Farhana Khera, President and first Executive Director, Muslim Advocates
Andrea Jenkins, Council Member City of Minneapolis (Ward 8), award-winning poet, writer, performer, and curator of the stories of transgender people
Urvashi Vaid, CEO of The Vaid Group LLC a social innovation firm; former Executive Director, Media Director, and Policy Institute Director at National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Moderator: Diego Miguel Sanchez APR, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Partnerships at PFLAG National
The State of the Movement Address
Friday, January 26 • 1:30 – 2:45 pm • Marriott Ballroom
The leaders of the National LGBTQ Task Force know we gather at Creating Change 2018 to Learn. Connect. Resist. Rea Carey and Kierra Johnson deliver the annual State of the Movement: our triumphs, our challenges, our resistance in this fraught time. All will not be lost, even while our social justice gains are under attack, because our movement is resilient, brilliant, and stalwart. Come be inspired to fight on, stand together, and defeat those who intend to disconnect and isolate LGBTQ people from the civic and democratic processes in our cities and towns, states, and country.
Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
Kierra Johnson, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
Saturday, January 27 • 12:30 – 2:45 pm • Marriott Ballroom
Gather in the Marriott Ballroom for a brief and peppy rally to send us out of the hotel and off to a significant site in Washington DC. Bring your winter gear; take a ride with us on the Metro or in an accessible vehicle. We’re hitting the streets, much as we did in Philadelphia/Creating Change 2017 when we marched to the Philadelphia Women’s March rally one year ago.
Closing Plenary with Brunch with Lex Allen!
Sunday, January 28 • 11:30 AM Doors / Noon Brunch Service • Marriott Ballroom
Lex Allen shook the world with a gender-bending music video for his single Cream & Sugar and Lex will shake your world and send you home happy! Lex has carved out a special place in his hometown of Milwaukee, performing at Pridefest for the last three years and at the very first Pride Night for the Milwaukee Bucks. Nationally, Lex has performed at Red Bull’s Sound Select, supporting Big Freedia, and at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. Lex’s fearlessness and wide vocal range explode in empowering and fun-loving songs with infectiously danceable and lyrically relatable music.
Photo Credit Amanda Lillian