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The Gay Agenda live at Creating Change.

CAUSA and NDO make big splash at Creating Change conference
By Dan Graney, QSanAntonio, February 7, 2014

CAUSA and last year's passage of San Antonio's nondiscrimination ordinance featured prominently at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, which took place in Houston from January 29 through February 2.

The Community Alliance for A United San Antonio, or CAUSA, was selected to present a 90-minute workshop at the conference entitled, “Case Study On Passing A Municipal Non-Discrimination Ordinance: San Antonio, Texas”. The room where the workshop was held was filled to capacity with conference participants.

Graciela Sanchez, Dan Graney, Eduardo Juarez and Lauryn Farris conducted a workshop at Creating Change.

The workshop panel featured key CAUSA leaders Graciela Sanchez, executive director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center; Daniel Graney, former CAUSA co-chair; Eduardo Juarez, trial attorney with the San Antonio office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Lauryn Farris, transgender activist with the Transgender Education Network of Texas.

A slide show of photos from the CAUSA/NDO experience played as a backdrop while panelists spoke.

The selection process for conference presentations was very competitive. Over 650 proposals were submitted and only half that number were selected including CAUSA's proposal.

Rea Carey, the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, also gave a “shout out” to San Antonio and its NDO success during her “State of the Movement” address to an audience of thousands at the conference.

Latino queer activists at "La Union Hace Fuerza" day-long institute at Creating Change.

San Antonio LGBT Latina/o leaders were also front and center in a day long Latino/a Institute entitled “La Union Hace La Fuerza” which drew over 200 Latina/o queer activists and leaders from across the country, including many undocumented immigrants.

San Antonio activist Carlos Soto being interviewed by media. Soto with David Jordan Cisneros, Jennifer K. Falcon, Edric Filpo and Alex J. Rangel.

Approximately 4,000 LGBTQ and allies attended this year's conference which is billed as the largest annual gathering of activists, organizers and leaders in the LGBT movement.

The next Creating Change Conference is scheduled for February 2-8, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Click here for more information.