January 23, 2013

Sue Hyde, Director of the Creating Change Conference, stands in the Hyatt Atlanta ballroom. The large, empty room will become the center of activity over the next week as 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists come to Atlanta. "What we have achieved from the time I was born to the time I am standing here talking to you is astonishing," Hyde said. "I never expected it. Even though I spent my entire life working for it, I never thought we would be here now." The conference comes after a year of national landmark decisions and intense local debate on gay issues. In May, President Obama's declared support for same sex. "I've just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and confirm I think same sex couples should be able to get married," Obama said in an interview on ABC. The Atlanta City Council later passed a similar resolution of support. Mayor Reed signed it and voiced his own support.