Thursday, January 19, 8:00 PM
Forward Together: The Prophetic Post Election Call to Action!
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Rev. Dr. Barber serves as President of the North Carolina NAACP and leads the Forward Together Moral Movement, an alliance of more than 200 progressive organizations better known as “Moral Monday.” Forward Together is a multi-racial movement to resist attacks by state governments on voting rights, public education, Medicaid, the environment, and the rights of women, labor, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community. This coalition inspired organizing across the nation. Rev. Dr. Barber’s call for Forward Together coalition actions is more important than ever before. Be lifted up; be inspired; and be ready to act.
Friday, January 20, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Lunch Service at 12:30 PM
Convergence: Forging the Path
The HIV epidemic continues to disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men, transgender women, youth ages 13-24 and communities of color. We’ve arrived at an important moment in our efforts to tackle HIV – the convergence of HIV prevention and treatment. Before us now is great potential to reach the goal of getting to zero – zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, zero discrimination. To unlock this potential, we must address the powerful barrier of stigma impacting engagement in care for both HIV-negative and HIV-positive individuals. Join us for a dynamic plenary to explore how we can forge a new path that unifies and amplifies our efforts to end HIV. Together we can help stop the virus.
Phill Wilson, President and CEO, Black AIDS Institute
Richard A. Elion, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, George Washington University
Ken Williams, Blogger, Speaker and Activist, kenlikebarbie.com
Special Appearance by Todrick Hall
The State of the Movement Address:
Staff of the National LGBTQ Task Force
A diverse group of Task Force staff will deliver the annual State of the Movement. These change makers will share their stories and the work they are doing to drive our movement forward to real freedom, justice and equality for all LGBTQ people and for a changed country. Together more than ever, as we meet the challenges of a Trump Administration, we need to elevate the power of our collective hope, resilience, and resistance for the work ahead to protect and defend our communities and our LGBTQ family.
Saturday, Jan. 21, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Philadelphia Women’s March
The plenary session today has been transformed! Please march with a contingent of Creating Change attendees to join the Philadelphia Women’s March, taking place in solidarity with marchers in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. Yes! We will take our strong LGBTQ spirits and good LGBTQ energy out of the Philadelphia Marriott and into the streets. We endured the rhetoric of this past election cycle that insulted, demonized, and threatened women, immigrants of all statuses, Jews and Muslims, LGBTQ people, Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. Now more than ever, we continue the fight back against Trumpism. All are welcome at the Philadelphia Women’s March and in our Creating Change contingent.
Sunday, January 22, 11:30 AM
Closing Plenary with Brunch: Alex Newell
Alex Newell, lifelong singer and entertainer, achieved national recognition with his star turn on the television show “Glee” in the recurring and memorably genderbending role of Unique Adams, a male-to-female transgender character. Since Glee, he has worked with “Rather Be” stars Clean Bandit on their empowering track “Stronger;” guested on the Knocks’ dazzling dance single “Collect My Love” and issued a magnetic cover of Sigma’s “Nobody to Love.” Alex has appeared at many LGBTQ Pride events, and recently toured with Adam Lambert. Alex’s music has been featured on HBO’s Vinyl. In commemoration of the October 2016 National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Start Talking Stop HIV campaign released a music video featuring Alex in his hit song Collect My Love to educate gay men about the many HIV prevention options available to them. One critic called Alex’s HIV education video “foot-stomping fabulous.”