By Sara (aka the leprechaun), Transcending Boundaries 2012 Director of Membership
Two weekends ago, I had the privilege of attending the 24th Creating Change Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Creating Change is an annual conference on GLBT equality sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF). This year’s had over 2,700 people.
I was initially afraid that since Creating Change was sponsored by a prominent national GLBT organization that it would be too “mainstream” and too focused on the “G” and the “L” in GLBT at the expense of the “B” and the “T” as is so often the case with large national organizations and events. I was surprised at the diversity of the workshops offered and amount of overlap with issues we cover at Transcending Boundaries. I was only able to attend for one day but attended four workshops including one on queer parenting options, one on bisexual health disparities, and one on organizing pro-equality Catholics.
Among the other 350 workshop and training sessions offered were workshops on GLBT immigration issues, same-sex marriage, polyamory, and the status of organizing efforts on Maryland’s anti-transgendered discrimination bill. In short, there was something for everyone. There were hundreds of exhibitors and art and entertainment options. Participants also heard from prominent pro-GLBT politicians and leaders such as Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, NGLTF Executive Director Rea Carey, and artist and activist Wilson Cruz.
Finally, there was plenty of time to network which allowed me to handout 200 TBC 2012 flyers and exchange business cards with several potential speakers and attendees. I was particularly impressed with how Creating Change treated issues of class, race, and religion.