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LGBTQ State Of The Movement (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, February 15, 2023

The National LGBTQ Task Force celebrating 50 years is bringing together more than 3,000 LGBTQ activists & organizers to its 2023 Creating Change Conference from Friday February 17th to Tuesday February 21st at the Hilton Hotel Union Square in San Francisco, CA. This year’s theme is “The State of the Movement: Our Past. Our Present. Our Future”. Creating Change is the foremost political, leadership & skills-building conference for our LGBTQ social justice movement. Organizers will gather as the LGBTQ civil rights movement takes stock of the current hostile climate towards our community & will spend several days strategizing on the way moving forward, providing skills building workshops & a space for substantive & strategic planning at Creating Change. The conference features caucuses, workshops, plenaries & events that focus on the critical issues facing the LGBTQ community from anti-LGBTQ legislation across our nation to gun violence, reproductive rights to embracing queer joy & organizing in the faith community. There will be over 100 workshops, 44 caucuses & 14 special events, including the Agents of Change House Ball, a film festival & “Gayme” nights. Some of the keynote speakers will include Angelica Ross, transgender rights activist & star of FX’s POSE; Amy Schneider, the most successful female contestant in Jeopardy! history; X González, gun violence prevention activist & LGBTQ rights advocate; historian & author Eric Marcus. In this exclusive chat I recently talked to LGBTQ pioneer activist Virginia (Ginny) Apuzzo who served as Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force from 1982 to 1986 about what it was like when she led the National LGBTQ Task Force in the 1980’s & her unique perspective about where the LGBTQ movement is now & where it needs to go. LISTEN   

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