5 questions with Lovely Murrell
Lovely Murrell is one of four co-chairs of next year’s Creating Change Conference that will take place in downtown Dallas at the Sheraton Hotel on Feb. 3-7. The cost to attend is $250 and there are scholarships available. The last time the annual conference was held in Dallas was in 1994.
What is Creating Change?
Creating Change is an annual conference of community organizers and activists that work to create positive change in the lives of LGBT Americans. Its primary goal is to build political power starting at the local grassroots level and rising to the national level. The Creating Change conference is about LGBT folks gaining full equality, social justice and dignity in the United States.
How did you become involved Creating Change?
I became involved Creating Change when they held their first informational meeting in April (I believe) at the Resource Center. I’ve been a community organizer/activist in Denton and in my Buddhist community for more than 10 years.
What committees are currently forming where you still need help?
A number of committees are currently forming for Creating Change 2010. They include development, which has a lot of awesome fundraisers coming up, local promotion and outreach, and media.
What should attendees expect to gain from the conference?
An attendee can expect to gain a lot of training and skills in political organizing for the rights of LGBT people in America. They’ll gain leadership training and training in how to work in a non-profit. They will also be able to use these same skills in their professional lives and volunteer and political activities. They’ll learn how to talk to someone with conservative views. We also have several hospitality suites that will be held during the conference where people can take a break and connect with folks on a one-on-one level.
How does someone get involved in staging the conference?
Everyone is welcome to come to our monthly meetings which are held every fourth Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Resource Center of Dallas.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 10, 2009.