Creating Change 2017 Program

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Workshop Session 8 • Saturday, January 21 Please check the grid schedule for room locations.

The Sacred Clapback: LGBTQ Justice Organizing in Local Faith Communities n Practice Spirit Do Justice/Faith Organizing • All Audiences

This workshop empowers LGBTQ people of faith to engage laypeople and clergy in conversation and action for LGBTQ justice. Participants will map power networks, resources, and risks involved in their “just faith” work. They’ll learn strategies for dialoguing about faith, gender, sexuality, and civic rights. Through role play, participants will develop inclusive responses to common ways conservatives and progressives oppose or stall justice. Participants will go home with practical, faith-full tools for doing justice locally. Presenters: Keisha E. McKenzie, McKenzie Consulting Group & A Just Faith; Naomi Christine Leapheart, The UCC, TFAM, POWER, A Just Faith; Verdell A. Wright, Howard University & A Just Faith; Carol Lautier, National LGBTQ Task Force & A Just Faith

Not Your Respectable QPOC: Resisting Respectability Politics in Queer Communities n Racial Justice • Intermediate

It’s tough out here, y’all. We wonder if we’ll ever be free to be our most authentic selves without pressure to be polite, apolitical, well-educated, gender-conforming, palatable to white people, and to otherwise live up to the standards of a dominant group. These attempts to prove our humanity can be exhausting and nobody’s got time for that. Join us to explore how we as QPOC can thrive without watering down our identities for other’s approval. Presenters: Ariel Eure; Kris Smith

This Love is Revolutionary: Black Love as Survival

Talk RJ To Me: Using the power of Reproductive Justice to broaden your audience base n Reproductive Justice • All Audiences

This workshop will help attendees become familiar and improve their existing communications and messaging skills around Reproductive Justice issues. Participants will identify opportunities in which language, phrasing, and data on “taboo” issues can be used directed towards a variety of audiences. Participants will learn alternative ways of thinking about the recipients of their messages and practice communication and messaging skills in order to move their specific agenda forward. Attendees will leave with talking points, tips, and tricks on how to write messages for their organizations that adhere to their agenda but adapt to their specific audience base. Presenters: Stephanie Castro, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Siobhan Dingwall, Ms. Foundation for Women; Catalina Velazquez, Consult Catalina

Breaking Down the Data: Understanding Research on the LGBT Community Research and Policy Analysis • All Audiences

From research on same-sex parents to articles on transgender kids, it seems like new research on LGBT people is being published every day. Have you ever wondered whether or not they get it right? In this hands-on session, you’ll get a chance to walk through “hot off the presses” research articles with the goal of understanding how the research was done, what it actually found, and what the limitations are. As a result, you will be a better consumer of research and will be able to translate that research into your advocacy! We’ll be focusing on LGBT-related papers that have received media coverage over the past year. Presenters: Naomi Goldberg, Movement Advancement Project; Alex Sheldon, Movement Advancement Project; Jody Herman, Williams Institute

n Racial Justice • All Audiences

Those of us in the movement are experiencing endless demands, exhaustion and death threats alongside some of the most exhilarating possibilities, creative resistance and intimate solidarities of our lives. How can we sustain one another in the face of structural anti-Black violence and the daily indifference of the non-Black masses? If there was ever a time to grow and cherish Black love, this is it. Presenters: Ashleigh Shackelford, Black Futurism; Daunasia Yancey,



Relationship Builders: Laying the Foundation and Maintaining Our Structures Sexual Freedom • All Audiences

Are you referred to as having an alternative relationship? Are you polyamorous, a relationship anarchist, in a Leather family, in a non-sexual life partnership, have unconventional Dominant/ submissive dynamic(s), is kink or found/chosen family

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