​Post submitted by Noël Gordon, former HRC Senior Program Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity.

Shopping for loved ones can be difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. This year, consider sending a friend, colleague or loved one to HRC’s first annual Time to THRIVE conference. Here are 7 reasons Time to THRIVE makes the perfect holiday gift:

1. It promotes safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth…EVERYWHERE!

Time to Thrive logo
With dozens of workshops, plenaries and break out sessions, this conference is a one-stop shop opportunity for people interested in supporting LGBTQ youth.

2. You could meet Ellen’s mom in between workshops!

Betty DeGeneres
Betty DeGeneres, national LGBT rights activist, will be in attendance.(Photo credit: tumblr)

3. You’ll learn more than you could possibly imagine about issues affecting LGBTQ youth!

4 in 10 LGBT youth say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people
We’ll be offering workshops on youth homelessness, HIV/AIDS, suicide prevention, school bullying and more.

4. Vegas, here we come!

Vegas skyline
Las Vegas has a thriving LGBT community, with the city earning a 91 on HRC’s 2014 Municipal Equality Index.(Photo credit: Wayne Hseih)

5. You could earn Continuing Education Units and university credit just for attending!

classroom pic
We will be providing CEUs and university credit through California State University-Chico and several professional trade associations. (Photo Credit: Cali4Beach)

6. We have a star-studded line-up!

Lineup of Time to Thrive attendees
Who makes better company than Betty DeGeneres, LZ Granderson, Earvin “EJ” Johnson III, Delores Huerta, Judy Shepard, Jack Andraka and Chad Griffin? (Learn more.)

7. Oh, yeah…did we mention Chelsea Clinton?

Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton will close out the conference with prepared remarks and Q&A.

Early bird registration ends January 10, 2014. Register for Time to THRIVE today!

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