Announcing GLAAD's New Media Training Institute and Other Sessions at Creating Change

Update: Read our recap of the Creating Change conference from January 30th, GLAAD in Action at 24th Annual Creating Change Conference at http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-action-24th-annual-creating-change-conference

GLAAD is pleased to announce that January 26 through 28, we will be presenting a New Media Training Institute (NMTI) and other workshops at Creating Change, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's annual LGBT organizing conference taking place in Baltimore, MD. All conference-goers are invited to attend.

January 26 - New Media Training Institute (NMTI)
Morning & Early Afternoon Session (9:00am - 3:30pm) - Take your social media skills to the next level with expert Heather Mansfield (@nonprofitorgs), author of Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits. Heather will discuss best practices for Facebook, Twitter & Google+, as well as blogging, audio-visual tools and more! Afternoon Session (3:30pm - 6:00pm) - Q&A sessions with LGBT bloggers, including Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project (@bilerico) and Jeremy Hooper of Good As You (@goodasyou)

January 27 - Simple Steps to Refine Storytelling and Media Interviews
Morning Session (9:00am - 10:30am) - This session takes a basic understanding of communications strategy and working with media, and helps participants think through the most compelling ways to practice putting their stories out to targeted audiences. The goal is for people to develop hands-on techniques for crafting an effective message on the spot, test their talking points and complete successful interviews.

January 27 - Can You Hear Me Now, We are Black too? Electrifying the Black LGBT Base
Morning Session (9:00am - 10:30am) - The Black LGBT community is widely considered to be the least organized and politically active. The time has come for our community to stand up and re-stake our claim in the collective fight for social and economic justice. This workshop will help attendees become familiar with and improve their existing advocacy skills around grassroots organizing in the Black LGBT community.

January 27 - LGBTQ Youth of Color Reception and Townhall Meeting
Evening Session (8:30pm) - This town hall will serve as a safe space and a source of community empowerment designed to raise awareness and equip our LGBTQ youth of color with the necessary tools to own your power! Presented by the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

January 28 - Missing Voices: A study of Religious Voices in Mainstream Media
Morning Session (9:00am - 10:30am) - Words and images matter. That is why the representation of religious voices talking about LGBT issues is so important. Join presenter Ross Murray, the Director of Religion, Faith & Values at GLAAD, and discuss what the LGBT movement can do to better represent ourselves and our voices of faith. Come prepared to learn and plan!

January 28 - Raising Your Faithful Voice
Afternoon Session (3:00pm - 4:30pm) - Voices of faith have the power and the ability to shape the movable middle's understanding of LGBT people. When we claim our faith strongly and amplify our voice, we have the power to create lasting change in hearts and minds, which will then translate into the real tangible change we seek for the world. Learn how to tell your story of faith through the media and reach the movable middle.

About Creating Change
The Creating Change Conference, produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), offers the opportunity for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of our LGBT movement and allied movements for justice and equality. The conference is run by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and attracts more than 2,500 people from all over the country every year. Presenters and participants come from all walks of life and include members of the business community, elected officials, students, faith leaders and staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations. Find out more about registration.

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