GLAAD at Creating Change

February 2-6, 2011, Minneapolis, MN

Join GLAAD at the 23rd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change! Creating Change, produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), is the nation's pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBT social justice movement. A full list of workshops and panels featuring members of GLAAD staff is below. Also follow GLAAD on Twitter for the latest updates. We hope to see you there! Register today! Download the full program book here.

Chat with GLAAD Staff at Our Table in the Exhibit Hall
Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm
GLAAD staff will be available to answer your questions or speak more about our work at the GLAAD table so stop by and see us!  Follow GLAAD on Twitter for updates from GLAAD's table.  

New Media Training Institute
Thursday Day-Long Institutes
Thursday February 3, 9:00am - 6:00pm
At GLAAD's New Media Training Institute (NMTI), you will spend the day learning about the latest digital tools and social media you can incorporate in your work. You will learn how to find digital tools that are appropriate for your budget, how to stay on top of the latest new media trends, and how to successfully implement them at your organization. Read More...

Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Organizing Institute
Thursday Day-Long Institutes
Thursday February 3, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Spend a focused, fun and productive day with bisexual/pansexual/ fluid activists and learn how to grow bi and bi-friendly groups. Whether you are a seasoned activist or just startingout, we invite you to join us in creating a supportive and safer environment from which to build on the bi activist movement. Allies are welcome! Throughout the day we will work on skill building to focus on the work in your community; together we’ll develop strategies, set goals and create avenues for resource sharing. We will offer and model interactive activities that create community and spaces where we can fully examine the work of being a bi activist. We will also examine the roots of biphobia, both internal and external, and their influence on us as activists. We will then discuss how to utilize intersectionality as a visibility tool while honoring the fact that we are more than just our bisexual/pansexual/fluid/ un-labeled identity. Further, we’ll talk about proactive/reactive organizing tactics and the key elements and issues around which we can organize in the next year.
Co-coordinators: Becky Saltzman, Minneapolis, MN; Faith Cheltenham, West Hollywood, CA; Ellyn Ruthstrom, Boston, MA
Facilitators: Lauren Beach, Minneapolis, MN; Bill Burleson, Minneapolis, MN; Faith Cheltenham, West Hollywood, CA; Angel Fabian, Oakland, CA; Sidney Gardner, Minneapolis, MN; Morgan Goode, Online Communications Manager, GLAAD, New York, NY; Loraine Hutchins, Takoma Park, MD; Robyn Ochs, Boston, MA; Ellyn Ruthstrom, Boston, MA; Becky Saltzman, Minneapolis, MN; Kyle Schickner, Los Angeles, CA

Bi Any Other Name: A 20 year Anniversary Dialogue
Sexual Freedom/Bisexual Community • All Audiences
Friday February 4, Session 1, 9:00am - 10:30am
Twenty years ago, Bi movement pioneers Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka’ahumanu published their landmark anthology of bisexual politics and experience: Bi Any Other Name. In this workshop, Bi visionary Loraine Hutchins leads a discussion with movement leaders on the impact of the book, its affect on the trajectory of the bi movement, and the state of bi organizing liberation today.
Presenters: Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA, West Hollywood, CA; Loraine Hutchins, Professor of Inter-Disciplinary Sexualities, Montgomery College, & Towson University, Takoma Park, MD,
Panelists: Morgan Goode, Online Communications Manager, GLAAD, New York, NY; Stacey Langley, Denton, Texas; Kyle Schickner, FenceSitter Films, Los Angeles, CA

Lights, Camera, Action: Intensive Real World Media Training for Movement Leaders
Communications, Media and Messaging • Intermediate
Friday February 4, Sessions 3 & 4, 3:00pm - 6:15pm
Simulation of real crisis communication scenarios that leaders may face in their role as an Executive or Communications Director will be created. Participants working in groups will develop an action plan, learn how to conduct interviews and communicate their messages for high-profile television, print, radio and online outlets by being videotaped on camera. Targeted feedback from the trainer and other participants will be given and participants will leave with winning tools to enhance their advocacy goals.
Presenter: Daryl Hannah, Senior Media Field Strategist, GLAAD, New York, NY

Of Faith and On-Line: Tools to Get Going
Workshop Session 5 Saturday, February 5 • 9:00am – 10:30am
Faith & Spirituality • All Audiences
Over the past fifteen years the media landscape has changed drastically. It can be a whirlwind to keep up with the latest technologies, not to mention discerning which methods will help us, as LGBTQ people of faith, to change hearts and minds. This session brings together prominent online LGBTQ and allied voices to share best practices and practical tools that help broaden and deepen conversations about faith, religion and values online.
Presenters: Rev. Janet Edwards, Pittsburgh, PA and Allison Palmer, Director of Digital Initiatives, GLAAD, New York, NY

To Plan or Not To Plan: There is No Question When It Comes to Effective Communications
Level: Introductory
Academy Session 3, Saturday, February 5 • 9:00am–12:15pm
An organization could have the best staff, the greatest relationships with media and enough clout to move an ocean, but, in the end, communications is nothing without a strategic and effective plan. Planning helps set clear and attainable goals. It takes into mind our capacity, our strengths and our niche in order to catapult our message into the public arena. As the media landscape changes and online earned media gains speed, it is crucial that we have solid plans to get our message out to a wide variety of audiences. In this session, participants will learn the basic steps to create an effective communications plan as well as the easiest and smartest ways to gain earned media. Then, participants, given scenarios and examples, will work together to create communications plans, and talk through the most effective strategies.Trainers: Kate Childs Graham, Communication Director, Choice USA and Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Programs, GLAAD, New York, NY