Creating Change: Rea Carey calls out Obama in annual State of the Movement Address

(David Taffet/Dallas Voice)
NGLTF Executive Director Rea Carey delivers her State of the Movement Address on Friday afternoon during the Creating Change conference at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Dallas. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, called out President Barack Obama today during her annual State of the Movement Address, delivered at NGLTF’s Creating Change conference in Dallas.

Speaking to a crowd of thousands at the Sheraton hotel downtown, Carey recalled that a year ago, the LGBT community was filled with hope following the election of Obama and a new Congress.

But Carey said Obama has failed to live up to his campaign promise of being a “fierce advocate” for LGBT equality.

“We were eager to see what a fierce advocate could do, but now it’s a year into this new administration, it’s a year into this new Congress,” Carey said. “There have been glimmers of advocacy, but certainly not fierceness. Speeches aren’t change. Change is more than words. Change is action.”

As an example, Carey pointed to “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers.

Obama has repeatedly said he favors repealing the ban, including during his recent State of the Union Address. This week, the nation’s two top military commanders told Congress they’ll conduct a yearlong study to determine how the DADT repeal should be implemented.

“Let me be clear — a yearlong study does not a fierce advocate make,” Carey said Friday. “A year is far too long to wait, and it’s time the president used the executive branch to stop these discharges now, while the military and Congress move to bring this shameful and discriminatory chapter of U.S. history to an end. Mr. President, the ball’s in your court. You have the opportunity to go down in history as one of the few presidents who acted decisively to move human rights forward.”

Carey added that Congress should be held “equally if not more accountable” than Obama, and she said it will ultimately be up to the community to “create change.”

“We thought we were finally going to have leadership that would stand with us, work with us and for us, but that hasn’t fully happened yet, and so it’s still up to us to push and in fact, to lead,” she said.

To read a full transcript of Carey’s remarks, go here.как проверить сайт на индексацию

—  John Wright

Scenes from Creating Change


Encouraging the LGBT community to be counted in the census


Conference director Sue Hyde


Transgender activist Grace Sterling Stowell received the Sue J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement.


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—  David Taffet

No lack of good times at Creating Change tonight

First of all, if you’re following the Creating Change feed, it’s kind of addicting, like a reality show, only without the images. Continuous hashtags and retweets keep the feed moving along. I’m expecting a whole slew of repeated quote posts as the State of the Movement is underway.

But, after all is said and done today and you’re on information overload, try decompressing a bit at Bilerico’s Twitter and blogger reception which looks to be a casual gathering of activist bloggers and the people who love them. Drinks and nosh are said to be on hand and they say no keyboards required. But I imagine TwitPics and updates will still come out of it. That’s at 8:30 p.m in the San Antonio Room B at the Sheraton Dallas.

OK, and thanks to the feed, people are meeting at the Draft Media Sports Lounge (in the hotel) at 9:30 for some Glee karaoke. And by the response and retweets, this is where the crowd’s going to be tonight. You can get the lowdown at #creatingglee.

And of course, there’s always the bars.продвижение портала дешево

—  Rich Lopez

Creating Change: Day 3

Rebecca Voelkel and Pedro Julio Serrano at Creating Change
Rebecca Voelkel and Pedro Julio Serrano at Creating Change

I’m on my way down to the Sheraton Hotel for more of the great Creating Change conference. Meeting so many activists from across the country has been exhilirating.

On tap today – lots and lots of workshops. The hospitality suites are open. Great place to stop by for just a few minutes or for an extended period to meet people from across the country.

At 1:30, one of the conference highlights takes place. Rea Carey, executive director of NGLTF, delivers the state of the movement address.

And I have to extend a personal welcome to everyone to Shabbat services tonight at 7:30. I’ll be co-leading with Congregation Beth El Binah president Diane Litke. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be registered at the conference to attend.

Should be lots of fun to share shabbat (dont worry – we spent more time worrying about the food than the service) with activists from across the country. And in case you’re worried that Jewish services tend to drag on and on and on, we only have the room for ONE HOUR. Gregg Drinkwater and Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Atlanta, editors of the new book “Torah Queeries,” will be speaking at the service (so no, you don’t have to listen to me rant and rave).что такое seo

—  David Taffet

Obama and Clinton address Ugandan genocide of LGBT people at D.C. prayer breakfast

In Dallas this morning at the Creating Change conference, religious leaders from across the country gathered for an alternative prayer breakfast as a response to the one occurring in Washington, D.C. Harry Knox, the Human Rights Campaign director of the religion and faith program of the Human Rights Campaign, said he asked the president to address the issue of Uganda at the breakfast. Evangelicals who reportedly were involved in the writing of the proposed anti-gay legislation were attending the breakfast in D.C.

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both addressed the issue directly in their remarks this morning.

Knox said that in addition to the Dallas event, groups gathered in 20 other cities to pray for the lives of LGBT Ugandans and their families who are threatened with state-sanctioned murder.

Rev. Stephen Sprinkle from TCU organized the service and Rev. Jo Hudson from Cathedral of Hope spoke. Others participating were Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of New York, Bishop Yvette Flunder of San Francisco and Rev. Rebecca Voelkel of D.C.производство рекламной продукциитематики для продвижения

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#cc10: Creating Change Tweet of the Day

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Poet Kit Yan to slam Saturday's MasQueerAde Ball — but that's a good thing

Yesterday I posted video of Vidur Kapur’s stand-up as a preview for this Saturday’s festivities at Creating Change’s MasQueerAde Ball. Along with Kapur, headlining for the night will be trans slam poet Kit Yan.

Yan isn’t just spoken word. His MySpace page classifies him as indie, folk rock and comedy. He was even an OutMusician of the Year nominee, so clearly Yan is quite versatile. But I’d say his slam talent looks pretty amazing. He rocks it here in his piece “Third Gender” from the Good Asian Drivers tour.

According to the Creating Change program, Yan will also premiere OUTMedia’s national video contest, “Be Queer, Buy Queer!” where college students can submit original video using that theme.

The MasQueerAde Ball happens Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Dallas Sheraton ballroom. Check here for deets.сколько стоит разработка и поддержка сайтаприведи друга получи скидку

—  Rich Lopez

Creating Change: Day 1


Creating Change opened today with day long institutes tackling racism within the LGBT community.

Attendees continued to arrive and received their welcome packets at the registration desk located on the first floor of the conference center across the street from the hotel. Saturday will probably be the busiest day at Creating Change. Many of the attendees were planning to head over to Cedar Springs for First Wednesday this evening.

Gabe Javier is the senior assistant director of the Spectrum Center at the University of Michigan. He served as local co-chair of Creating Change 20 in Detroit two years ago.

He said, “The city is still using the conference as a touchstone for the LGBT community’s common experience.”

He said that the value of the conference is that “we see a huge spectrum of issues and see that they’re all connected.”

FIERCE, a New York-based youth group, conducted one of the institutes. I’ll meet with them early this evening. After that, I’ll be talking to Roberta Sklar about the National Anti-Violence Project, if her plane is not delayed because of the weather.

Tomorrow morning, the alternative National Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. in response to the prayer breakfast that will be held at about the same time in Washington, D.C. The president will attend that one, but so will the American instigators of the Ugandan genocide bill.

Kate Clinton mentioned to me that she wanted to run up to see George Bush’s house while she was here. She mentioned it again this afternoon on Twitter. When I interviewed her, I did sort of promise.siteоптимизация сайтов в гугл

—  David Taffet

Tweeting up with Creating Change

Looks like there’s plenty of excitement down at the Sheraton Dallas for the first day of Creating Change, including this killer game of Rocks, Paper, Scissors that was posted by “fiercenyc”.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the conference today, but intrepid staff writer David Taffet is en route downtown as we speak. In the meantime, I thought I might point you to the Creating Change Twitter feed, where you can find plenty more gems like these:

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We’ll of course be posting updates here on Instant Tea throughout the conference, which runs through Sunday. There’s also a blog on the Creating Change Web site. For those who are reading this from the conference, you can follow the Voice and this blog on Twitter @DallasVoice.

UPDATE: Shortly after I posted this, I received a press release from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force noting that in addition to Twitter,  you can follow the conference on Facebook and Flickr.
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