The second day of the Creating Change Conference in Denver has been packed full of amazing sessions and discussions. The toughest part about today was choosing where to go, since all the topics were so important and interesting.
I popped in most of the sessions, but really got drawn into the "Invisible Families: LGBTQ Families at the intersection of Race, Class, and Gender" institute. As a parent, it was a truly amazing experience to sit in a room full of dedicated family advocates and discuss our experiences and how to improve the family movement.
The session included things ranging from the media stereotyping of LGBTQ families (white, rich people) to statistics and raw data on the diversity of our community's families. We also had the opportunity to talk about the economic disparity in our families, the lack of resources, poverty, and other issues dealing with race and class that effect LGBTQ families.
Some of the other AMAZING sessions that were held today included:
The Sexual Freedom and Sexual Literacy Institute - this dealt with some great topics like sexual freedom, queer bodies, liberation, and refreshing the national dialogue around sex and sexuality.
The Community Center Institute - a session for community center staff, board members and volunteers.
Passing a Fully Inclusive ENDA - this covered strategies of coalition building, outreach, education, and many other tools needed to make sure a fully inclusive ENDA is passed. Some great discussions and ideas were formulated that will really make the movement stronger as we move ahead.
Queer Youth Institutes - sessions ranged from creating safe youth spaces to tools for young leaders and campus organizing. Seeing a new generation of activists ready to push forward was truly amazing.
The 2009 Marriage Landscape - discussing where the marriage movement is going and how to use new tools and technology to accomplish those goals.
Aging: How We Can Create Change in Our Own Backyard - a session from SAGE and other organizations discussing the intersection of aging and LGBTQ issues.
And many, many more.
As you can see, the challenge today was to choose where to go and soak in the knowledge and dialogue! Seeing leaders from around the country talk about their areas of expertise and hearing the discussion on how to improve these parts of our overall movement was really amazing.
All that and there's still more planned for tonight!
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