Creating Change Conference comes to Atlanta for 25th anniversary
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“Art & Culture: Spit That Truth: Propel the movement through performance”
with Cortez Wright, Paris Hatcher and Amber Thomas
“College Campus Issues and Organizing for Students: Creating a Safe Space Program for Students”
with Gaius Augustus and
Community Organizing The South: Sex, Politics, & God”
with Caitlin Breedlove, Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Kai Barrow and Bishop Donagrant McCluney
“People of Color: Creating Acceptance within African-American Faith Communities”
with Rev. Gwen Thomas and Rev. Roland Stringfellow
“Youth: Addressing LGBT Youth Homelessness in Your Community; the Lostn-Found Model”
with Art Izzard, Rick Westbrook, Allen Peebles and Paul Swicord
Bringing ‘Change’ to the South
Michael Shutt, a member of the host committee and the director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life at Emory University, said now is the time for Creating Change to come to the Southeast.
“The conference has not been in Atlanta since 2000 and so much has changed in the city and the region,” he said.
“I also believe we need the conference in the Southeast. There is a lot of conversation of progress around the country in terms of LGBT access, inclusion and equity, but very little is focused on the Southeast. We know that a lot of working is happening here and we are ready for an infusion of queer energy.”
The Southeast is often “written off” by LGBT organizations as a lost cause, but that is exactly why it deserves focus as the LGBT movement continues to make successes.
“I want to showcase how the Southeast, Georgia and Atlanta are leaders in community organizing and change. The Southeast is often written off for many different reasons, but those of us who organize here know that positive change and liberation within the LGBT community in the United States will only happen if it happens here,” Shutt said.
Plenary speakers this year include politi- National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Creating Change Conference Jan. 23-27 at the Hilton Atlanta 255 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 www.creatingchange.org cal humorist Kate Clinton; Deepak Bhargava, the executive director of the Center for Community Change based in Washington, D.C.; Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; and Jose Antonio Vargas, the founder of Define America and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who wrote the essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” in June 2011 for the New York Times Magazine.
Frenchie Davis from “American Idol” and “The Voice” will provide closing entertainment on Jan. 27.
Other members of Atlanta’s host committee are Everette R.H. Thompson, the former regional director of Amnesty International USA’s Southern Regional Office; and Rev. Gwen Thomas of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and a licensed minister at Victory for the World United Church of Christ in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Plenary speakers at this year’s Creating Change Conference are Kate Clinton, Deepak Bhargava, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Rea Carey with Frenchie Davis providing closing entertainment. (Bhargava, Vargas, Carey photos via Facebook; Clinton and Davis publicity photos)