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Inspirational Experience at the 2024 Creating Change Conference | Black Alphabet's Reflection

Adam L. McMath, Darius Caffey, and Joshua X. Miller attending The Creating Change Conference 2024

On January 17-21, 2024, the Black Alphabet Team embarked on an enlightening journey to New Orleans for the Creating Change Conference hosted by the National LGBTQ Task Force. This annual event, a beacon for the LGBTQIA+ movement, offered a platform for sharing, learning, and uniting.

Here's a snapshot of the team's experiences and the impactful sessions they attended:

Tackling Multifaceted Issues

In a session titled "Pro" Doesn't Mean "Anti," the team explored the interconnected nature of various challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community. It was a unique opportunity to engage in deep, meaningful conversations, offering support and insights into one another's concerns.

Celebrating AfroQueer Imagination

"Unleash Your Magic Within" was a workshop that delved into the power of AfroQueer imagination. It emphasized expressing oneself wholly and integrating equitable liberation into organizational and individual endeavors.

Advocating in Education

The team also focused on the struggles of Black LGBTQIA+ students in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Discussions revolved around the challenges faced and the efforts by alums to support and advocate for current students.

Discussing Body Image

Led by Odu Adamu, a session named "Body Language" opened up dialogues about body image among Black Gay, Queer, and Same Gender Loving Men. This introspective discussion highlighted how self and societal perceptions shape attraction and self-esteem.

Odu Adamu Presenting On Body Language at The Creating Change Conference 2024

Exploring Sexual Liberation

The "Desire Mapping Part 2" workshop centered on sexual liberation through understanding and expressing one's desires. It also discussed implementing the learnings from the conference in daily life.

Addressing Mental Health

Angela Harvey's session, "Using Our Voice to Save Lives," focused on supporting survivors of suicide . It was a meaningful conversation on breaking the taboo surrounding suicide and providing effective support.

Angela Harvey Presenting Using Our Voices To Save Lives at The Creating Change Conference 2024

Empowering Trans and Gender Expansive Voices

A two-part workshop discussed finding an authentic voice during transitioning and learning to advocate for oneself. It encouraged creating plans for self-advocacy and practicing them.

Envisioning the Future

The conference concluded with a forward-looking discussion on building unity and the role of the LGBTQ+ community as global trendsetters.

Partner Organization Insights

  • Homeless Children's Network: Discussed wellness and empowerment strategies for LGBTQIA+ students.

  • Chatham University: Highlighted the evolving LGBTQIA+ narratives and the importance of queer joy.

  • National LGBTQ Task Force: Offered guidance on grant writing for grassroots organizations.

  • NBJC's Black Institute: A day-long institute focused on advocacy for the Black LGBTQIA+ community.

  • Got to be REEL & National Center for Transgender Equality: Addressed body image stereotypes and narrative power building.

  • Let's TALK University & Funders for LGBTQ Issues: Explored approaches to mental health and equitable grantmaking processes.

The Black Alphabet Team's participation in the 2024 Creating Change Conference was not just an event but a journey of growth, learning, and community building. Each session they attended equipped them with new tools and perspectives, further empowering their mission to advocate for and celebrate the diverse identities within the LGBTQIA+ community.


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