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The National LGBTQ Task Force is no longer accepting session proposals for our 31st annual Creating Change Conference, to be held January 23-27, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.

The deadline for submission was Friday, September 28, 2018. Notification Process Begins On/After November 1, 2018

Proposal Review

Proposals received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on September 28, 2018 will be reviewed and considered for scheduling. The Task Force reserves the right to decline to review proposals received after this deadline.

The Task Force will not review proposals for sessions that primarily promote or sell commercial products or promote or sell the commercial work product of an individual presenter.

Proposals are reviewed by teams of Task Force staff and outside experts in the track and topic areas you select. Considerations for selection include relevance of the proposed session to the values and principles stated in this document, especially the Task Force’s 2019 tracks/topics listed above; depth of content; presenter qualifications/experience with the topic; overall strength of the submission; and proposals that reflect the Task Force’s commitment to representation of race, gender, class, age and disability. The Task Force reserves the right to reject proposals.

You will be notified by email of the status of your proposal beginning on or after November 1, 2018.

Presenter Registration

To keep everyone’s Conference registration as affordable as possible, we ask our Presenters to volunteer their time and expertise at Creating Change. To thank them for this contribution, we offer a discounted $300 registration rate for Presenters. This rate is inclusive of all plenary sessions, workshops, roundtables, trainings, screenings, caucuses, and special events/receptions for which there is no published cover charge or donation. This registration rate does not include day-long institutes, any separately ticketed special events, and nor does it include travel or hotel expenses.

Once a proposal is accepted, a Presenter registration packet which includes a link to the online conference registration form will be sent via email. If your proposal is approved, you and any co-presenters are responsible for completing the registration form to attend the conference. A link to register at $300 will be sent to you if your proposal is accepted. The presenter registration rate is limited to four presenters per session.

Should your proposal not be accepted for scheduling, you will receive a link to register at the rate of $380. The non-presenter registration rate is limited to four presenters per session.

Presenter Responsibilities

Presenters are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. You can reserve a room at the conference host hotel, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Reservations must be made no later than Monday, January 7, 2019 to receive the guaranteed conference rate of $155.00, pending availability. Because the Creating Change host hotel often sells out, we advise booking your room early. You may cancel your room reservation at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center 48 hours prior to your arrival.

All sessions will be scheduled on Friday January 25, Saturday January 26, or Sunday, January 27, 2019. All sessions will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI.

Please note: sessions scheduled on Sunday, January 27, 2019 will conclude at 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time. All presenters are asked to keep this is mind when making lodging and travel arrangements. 

The 2019 Creating Change Host Committee will organize a community housing program to provide a limited number of no-cost housing options for conference presenters and attendees. You can request community housing on the conference website:

Each meeting room in which sessions take place will be equipped with: easel pad/markers set, and LCD projector and screen. There is no additional charge for this equipment.

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