Thursday, January 24, 2013

Country's largest gathering of LGBT advocates kicks off in Atlanta

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Creating Change, the "premier annual organizing and skills-building event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies," has come to Atlanta for its 25th national conference.

The summit, which includes more than 350 workshops and training sessions on topics ranging from grassroots political organizing to transgender Muslims, has not visited Atlanta since 2000, Michael Shutt, a member of the conference's host committee and director of Emory University's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life, told the Georgia Voice.

"This is an opportunity to bring many communities together to learn, engage in skills building, and network," he said.

Speakers and participants include Rea Carey, executive director of the national Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. In addition, we noticed former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Lead Ward Sears will participate in a panel called "Defending Our Courts Against Anti-LGBT Assaults: Strategies for Keeping State Courts Fair & Impartial." (Some large talks will be broadcast online.)

The five-day conference ends on Jan. 27.

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