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Friday, December 7, 2012

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thousands of LGBT rights advocates to convene in Atlanta next month to strategize and organize for the year ahead


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Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates to convene in Atlanta next month to strategize and organize for the year ahead

The 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, the nation's largest annual gathering of LGBT rights activists and allies, will take place in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 23-27, 2013

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 — More than 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates from across the country will converge in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 23-27 for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

This marks the 25th Creating Change conference, which has grown into the country's largest and most important convening of LGBT activists and allies in the country. They come together from every corner of the nation to strategize just following the presidential inauguration and to learn how to build political power back home.

The conference kicks off with pre-conference daylong institutes on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Jan. 24. This year, on our institute program for the first time there will be the Latino Institute, the Human Rights Institute, and Funding our Collective Liberation Institute. Other institutes will focus on racial justice, transgender rights, LGBT elders, faith, youth and more.

"At a decisive time in the struggle for LGBT rights, activists from all over the country will convene to continue to mobilize and strategize. The movement for equality is making great strides, as we saw with the sweeping marriage victories on Nov. 6, but there is much more left to do — from securing protections against discrimination, to fighting HIV/AIDS and anti-LGBT violence, to securing racial and economic justice for all," says Sue Hyde, Creating Change director. "We will continue to work harder than ever with local partners in communities across the country to secure full equality for all."

On opening night, Thursday, Jan. 24,
Center for Community Change Executive Director Deepak Bhargava will address the conference. On Jan. 25, Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey will deliver the annual "State of the Movement" address. On Jan. 26, José Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and openly gay immigration activist, headlines a plenary session on immigration issues where he engages a panel of LGBT DREAM Act organizers. Songbird Frenchie Davis, a Grammy-nominated artist who competed on American Idol and The Voice, will perform at the closing plenary on Jan. 27. All plenary sessions will be emceed by comic and social commentator Kate Clinton.

The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change also features hundreds of skills-building workshops, more than 15 additional daylong institutes, receptions, caucuses, networking sessions, interfaith services and much more.

For more information about the conference and to register, please visit

For media credentials, please contact Pedro Julio Serrano at 

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, visit
and follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.


The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country's premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Washington, D.C. Contributions to the Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. © 2012, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C., 20005. Phone 202.393.5177. TTY 202.393.2284.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Muslim and gay: Islam begins to confront the issue – The Times | Insights

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Amid Conflict, King Abdullah Interfaith Center Replaces Fear With Hope - The Huffington Post

The fact that the opening of the King Abdullah Centre went forward as
planned despite the Gaza conflict, and with the involvement of
world-renowned rabbis and imams, shows that Muslim-Jewish engagement,
which barely existed a decade ago, is alive and well. This profoundly
important process of reconciliation between the two faiths,
strengthened by the involvement of King Abdullah, the Guardian of the
Two Sacred Shrines of Islam, offers hope for a future in which Muslims
and Jews around the world put aside mutual fear and loathing and build
ties of friendship and trust.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

AP Mobile: The factory fire: Global commerce, local tragedy

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In northern Mali, music silenced as Islamists drive out artists

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