In the runup to our upcoming Creating Change conference in Houston January 29-February 2, in addition to yours truly writing the series of TransGriot diary posts about our Host Committee putting together the CC14 event, we have different members of our Houston Host Committee like myself who have attended past Creating Change conferences being interviewed about our experiences at this major LGBT community event.
The interview that I recently did was posted on the CC14 website today. Here's a taste of it.
Creating Change: What are the 3 biggest
learnings/discoveries/takeaways you have gleaned from the Creating
Change Conference(s) you’ve attended?
Monica Roberts: The first discovery is that Creating Change is an amazingly diverse event with people there from 18-80.
It is the place to be if you want to meet people in the LGBT movement
and acquire the knowledge base and skills necessary to become an
The worst time to commit a discriminatory act against a member of the
LGBT community is when Creating Change is in town. The transphobic
disrespecting of a transfeminine Creating Change attendee and her
friends by the Oakland Police Department in front of our convention
hotel led to a protest march and use of the advocacy tactics we’d been
learning in a real world situation.
Creating Change: What motivated you to volunteer to serve on the Creating Change Organizing committee?
Monica Roberts: I’m very proud
of my hometown and wanted to be part of the team organizing the first
Creating Change to take place in Houston. I also believed it was
important for me to do so as a past attendee and a longtime
African-American trans leader from this city.
You can read the rest of what I had to say by following this link to the Creating Change 2014 website.