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The National LGBTQ Task Force is calling for session proposals for our 31st annual Creating Change Conference, to be held January 23-27, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.

Deadline for Submissions: September 21, 2018, Midnight Pacific Time

Notification Process Begins On/After November 1, 2018

The National LGBTQ Task Force Advances Full Freedom, Justice, and Equality for LGBTQ People

We’re building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. To learn more about the work and vision of the National LGBTQ Task Force, visit our website:

Creating Change 2019: Learn. Connect. Persist.

The Task Force’s Creating Change Conference is the nation’s foremost political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ movement. Our beloved LGBTQ communities remain targeted by a vicious and unrelenting Presidential administration determined to roll back all gains made in the arenas of civil rights, health care, voting access, education, housing, food access and justice. We need each other now more than ever.

At our 31st Creating Change Conference, we gather to: Learn. Connect. Persist.

  • Learn. We attend to and share with each other, so that we learn more deeply how to effectively organize for the changes we need to survive, thrive and live.
  • Connect. We connect with each other to build our communities and to deepen our relationships to sustain us and to defend ourselves and our people.
  • Persist. With all our energies, we will affirm our wills and build our skills to persist while the current administration continues onslaughts against LGBTQ people of all races, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, faith traditions, and physical and mental abilities.

Session Proposals for Creating Change

Three Types of Sessions: Sessions at Creating Change are either 90-minute workshops, 3-hour workshops or 60-minute caucuses. These sessions include movement-building, grassroots organizing, leadership development, organization building and educational opportunities for both new and seasoned leaders. Sessions must be grounded in the values and standards of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

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:

  • If you are submitting a proposal and intend to either present individually or with co-presenters, you must include YOUR contact information.
  • If you are submitting a proposal on behalf of someone else or another group, you must designate one person and include THEIR contact information. This ensures THEY will receive critical information regarding the proposal moving forward. 

There is more – before you submit a proposal!

Read the below information thoroughly before submitting your proposal.

About Session Proposals and Choices

The Creating Change program offers sessions that teach and train the essential skills to achieve social change.

We seek and encourage session proposals that include and reflect the perspectives, needs and priorities of our multi-racial, multi-gender, multi-abled, multi-faith, and multi-aged communities and movement.

On the Request for Proposal Form, you will be asked to indicate that your proposal addresses each of these elements:

  1. Participant-centered and practice-oriented training
  2. Knowledge, Skills or Attitude
  3. Session format
  4. Track and topic area(s)

1) Participation and Practice!

Each proposal will be reviewed to select sessions that best engage participants in learning and skills-building through participation and practice. Your proposal should be:

  1. Participant-Centered: We want you to provide training content that engages participants in every step of the process, utilizing experiential and participatory learning techniques wherever possible. Your session should not be a dry lecture or non-participatory panel presentation.
  2. “Real-World” Practice:  We want to make sure that after learning a skill in your session, participants are given an opportunity to practice that skill. Real world practice makes it much more likely that participants will use what they’ve learned when they get back home.

The Task Force discourages the submission of panel presentations unless there is an opportunity for substantive conference attendee participation in the dialogue. Proposals with more than three panelists are given lowest priority.

2) Knowledge, Skills or Attitude

On the Request for Proposal form, you will be asked to choose the primary outcome or goal of your session. Is it to transmit information and build knowledge? Is it to increase and build a specific skill or skill set? Is it to change a settled way of thinking?

  1. Knowledge: Session is primarily for transmitting information, data, facts that increase activist and advocacy capacity. What information do we need? Ex.: data on discrimination experienced by LGBTQ youth for use in talking points, publications, activist/advocacy action planning.
  2. Skills: Session primarily hones specific skills needed to achieve activist and advocacy goals. How can we achieve our goals? Ex: skills to sharpen and refine persuasive messages used in activist/advocacy contexts; or skills needed to persist in organizing direct actions in the context of the current administration.
  3. Attitude: Session primarily leads to a change in a settled way of thinking or feeling about something, typically reflected in a person’s behavior. Can we change the way we think about something to build a more effective movement? Ex.: presentation about reproductive justice that explains interests and stakes of LGBTQ people and community with a result that reproductive justice is understood as an LGBTQ issue; or, presentation about voter persuasion techniques to change votes.

3) Session Format

At Creating Change, all workshops are trainings or prepared presentations with stated and specific learning objectives. These workshop sessions are teaching/learning sessions in which attendees gain useful information, skills, and technical assistance about a specific topic.

On the Request for Proposals form, you will be asked to choose one of these three formats for your proposed workshop.

  • 90 Minute Workshop—These sessions are ideal for topics that can be effectively covered in 90 minutes and do not require extra time for small group breakouts.
  • 3 Hour Workshop –These sessions are ideal for advanced level trainings and workshops requiring additional time for attendee participation and small group break-
  • Caucus – 60-minute sess A time for affinity groups or people working on similar projects to gather and exchange ideas, network and build community or an opportunity to convene a group of interested participants to discuss a specific topic.

4) Tracks & Topic Areas

For Creating Change 2019, the Task Force requires that each session proposal falls under one of these seven tracks. These tracks reflect crucial political issues, particularly in the context of the current Administration.

  1. Activism, Advocacy & Organizing
    Sessions in this track offer strategies, ideas, tools and trends to engage people in civic life while working toward concrete progressive change. Building power is the focus of sessions in this track.
  2. Community & Identity
    Sessions in this track focus on the needs and experiences of all the communities and identities under the broader LGBTQ umbrella. Sessions may address the history and culture of different communities, as well as the issues facing various populations. We encourage sessions on traditionally underrepresented populations.
  3. Democracy
    Sessions in this track focus on expanding the number of LGBTQ people who are registered to vote, increasing the number of educated voters in upcoming elections, and advancing legislative/policy reforms to strengthen and ensure the integrity of our democratic institutions. 
  4. Equity & Justice
    Sessions in this track focus on dismantling oppressive systems and replacing them with opportunities and positive outcomes for all, inclusive of race, class, gender, sex, religion, and ability.
  5. Faith & Spirituality/Practice Spirit, Do Justice
    Sessions in this track focus on the pro-LGBTQ spiritual and religious movement.
  6. Health & Healing
    Sessions in this track focus on the broad range of mental and physical health issues in LGBTQ communities. We encourage sessions that highlight the roles trauma and violence play in our lives, as well as effective interventions with a focus on healing.
  7. Movement Building & Organizational Development
    Sessions in this track focus on building individual, community, organizational, and movement strength for doing LGBTQ equity work, with a focus on best practices and inclusion. Sessions may address theories of change, intersectional analysis, cross-movement strategies, development/fundraising, human resources, fiscal management, communications & marketing, and board development.

All session proposals in any track should also reflect one or more of these LGBTQ justice frames:

  • Racial Justice;
  • Economic Justice;
  • Gender Justice inclusive of Trans/GNC people.

Please be explicit in your program book description language about how your session would address one or more of these justice frames.


Please select all that apply, but only if they are central to the content of the workshop.

  • Aging & Ageism
  • Anti-Violence, including Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence
  • Art & Culture
  • Asexual Community & Issues
  • Bisexual Community & Issues
  • College Campus Issues & Organizing for Students
  • College Campus Issues & Organizing for LGBTQ Administrators
  • Community Centers
  • Community Organizing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Democracy & Civic Engagement
  • Disability Justice
  • Economic Justice
  • Faith & Spirituality/Practice Spirit, Do Justice
  • Families
  • Fundraising/Resource Development
  • Gay Male Community & Issues
  • Gender Justice (inclusive of Transgender Justice)
  • Health Care Access
  • History
  • HIV
  • Immigration
  • International Issues
  • Intersex Community & Issues
  • Labor
  • Legislative/Policy Initiatives
  • Lesbian Community & Issues
  • Communications, Marketing & Branding
  • Military & Veterans Issues
  • Movement Building
  • Non-Discrimination Protections
  • Organizational Development
  • Queer the Data! Data Collection & Analysis
  • Racial Justice
  • Religious Exemptions Legislation
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Research & Policy Analysis
  • Schools & Education, Grades K-12
  • Sex Ed
  • Sexual Freedom
  • Surviving, Thriving & Self Care
  • Trans Community & Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Youth

Proposal Review

Proposals received by Midnight/Pacific Time on September 21, 2018 will be reviewed and considered for scheduling. The deadline of Midnight/Pacific Time, September 21, 2018 will not be extended. 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.

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

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IMPORTANT: Please be prepared to upload your proposal as a document.

Be sure to register for our webinar on how to submit a great proposal!
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