HRC Takes Part in Creating Change Conference in Minneapolis
February 7, 2011 by Paul Guequierre
The 23rd Annual Creating Change conference was held this past week in Minneapolis, MN, and we at HRC were thrilled to have been part of it. Team HRC was just but a few of the over 2,500 activists who came together for this conference, put on by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
We staffed a table at the exhibit hall, interacting with all the attendees about the breadth of our work. Minneapolis happens to be one of three pilot sites for the Family Project’s Welcoming Schools program making our time there that much more special. We were thrilled to be able to hear first hand from folks in Minneapolis about Welcoming School’s direct impact, in addition to sharing Welcoming Schools resources with attendees from all over the U.S. In addition to staffing a table in the exhibit hall, our Religion & Faith Program was on full display throughout the course of the conference.
Our own Sharon Groves, interim director of the Religion and Faith Program, moderated a panel entitled “Race and Power: An Examination of Intersectionality.” This workshop explored the struggles and opportunities our movement is faced with when organizing from a place of intersectional identities as opposed to simply a coalition model. Three students from the Religion & Faith Program’s Summer Institute were presenters at this session. On top of the session, we were lucky to have with us at our booth Reverend Candy Holmes. She helped to promote the Metropolitan Community Church’s People of African Descent Conference which will be held May 19-21, 2011 and is being organized in collaboration with HRC’s 3rd Clergy Call for Justice & Equality May 22-24 in Washington, DC. What we all found to be particularly inspiring was meeting so many young and committed activists. They are the heads of local community centers, leaders of their campus groups and even presidents of their high school gay straight alliances. The tools they will arm themselves with from Creating Change will help connect their direct action to others doing the same important work in all corners of the country.
The HRC team made many lasting connections and learned many skills that will help move our mission of equality forward. On to next year’s conference in Baltimore! Tommy