Do you like complex conversations? Do you enjoy talking about the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, class etc? Do you celebrate and thrive in a diverse, unapologetically queer setting? If so, keep reading. I've got the perfect weekend (ok, week-long) getaway for you.
For anyone who works in the LGBT/progressive movements, there is one place we know we can go every year to get our batteries recharged, have our assumptions and idea challenged, see longtime friends and fellow activists and even better, make new ones.
It's a "who's who" without pretense, something lesbian comic Marga Gomez once called a "queer MENSA circuit party." She was not far off (although the last part has escaped me). I am talking about Creating Change aka The National Conference on LGBT Equality. Given the "movement moment" we are in it seems like the 2010 conference in Dallas will be interesting, challenging, maddening and fun. The Bilerico Project will have a huge presence there and I am hoping to create some change myself, with a little help from some friends....
If you go to the Creating Change web site, you'll see the program. It is filled with the most inclusive, interesting, provocative and diverse workshops and programs you could ever find. This year I was honored to be asked to be part of the Academy faculty and decided to push the envelope a little. One of my sessions is called "Are we a community or a market? A movement or simply Gay, Inc?" I am guessing we will have a lot of people and a lively discussion, I already have some terrific "cameos" by longtime and newer folks in our movement to talk about this big picture issue that is, I believe, the driving force behind the challenges we are facing in 2010 and beyond.
No matter who you are or what your interests encompass, Creating Change is the space to find others in the community to engage with, plan with and, obviously, create change with when you return home. Many influential groups have been founded and activists born at this petri dish of queer organizing, and if there was a year to come this is it.
There will also be a private, conference attendee only screening of "Two Spirits," which had a huge Denver international premiere recently but Creating Change is simply the perfect place to talk about the sophisticated, challenging and extraordinary way this film looks at gender and gender identity.
One of my favorite events if the ProFoHomo reception, for those looking for careers in the movement, which was a huge success it's first year in 2009 and will only be better this year.
I cannot even begin to list the many reasons to come to this conference, you can find that at www.creatingchange.org. But the one reason I can tell you with the greatest confidence is that you will be among the most diverse, progressive, interesting and fun LGBTQIA people, and this is the only place it happens.