Creating Change 2023 - National LGBTQ Task Force

Creating Change 2023

February 17–21, 2023

Creating Change is the nation’s foremost political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ movement. We are building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we have made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. Through Creating Change and other advocacy programs, the Task Force is training and mobilizing thousands of activists across the nation to deliver a world where you can be you.

All conference programming will be held at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, California. Programming will begin on Friday, February 17, at 9 am and conclude on Tuesday, February 21, at 11:45 am.

Daylong Institutes

Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18

Workshops and Caucuses

Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20

Closing Celebration

Tuesday, February 21

Attendee Guide

A quick resource meant to help attendees navigate the conference.

If you know of an attendee that needs support or guidance in Spanish, please have them reach out to our Spanish-speaking team member, Dee Tum-Monge (they/them/elle), Senior Communications Manager at (308) 391-0660.



General | $700

Onsite registration is open at the Hilton Union Square.


Programming will begin on Friday, February 17, at 9 am and conclude on Tuesday, February 21, at 11:45 am. Click here for schedule information!

Haga clic aquí para ver el programa y las descripciones de las sesiones en español.


The discounted rates for our conference hotels are no longer available, but you can still book rooms at the standard rate at the Hilton Union Square and the Hilton Parc 55.

Public Health

This will be our first in-person Creating Change conference since 2020 in Dallas. While we know that no policy, recommendation, or protocol can address everyone’s public health concerns about attending Creating Change, the Task Force is working to make this year’s conference as safe as possible.

Please click here and read our Creating Change 2023 Health Policy in full.


Click here to learn more about sponsor and exhibit opportunities in San Francisco.


All plenary sessions will be interpreted in American Sign Language, Protactile ASL, and Spanish. We also offer listening devices and other items as requested. For onsite accessibility services, please text and/or call our team at (628) 264-3492.

Learn More

Click here for frequently asked questions about Creating Change.

Creating Change 365

While there will not be simultaneous hybrid/virtual programming during Creating Change in San Francisco, the Task Force has begun to launch a new program: Creating Change 365. CC 365 aims to be a series of year-round online engagements that enhance and grow the annual Creating Change experience for a virtual audience. As this program is built into the future, the Task Force will have additional capacity for individual workshop-style virtual presentations, such as those that might be hosted at an in-person conference. Click here to learn more!

Speakers, Special Guests and Awardees

Sandra Valls—Conference Emcee

Eric Marcus—Opening Plenary Speaker

Barbara Satin—Carmen Vázquez Award for Leadership in Aging

Jennicet Gutiérrez—Creating Change Immigration Award

Amy Schneider—Gayme Night Host

X González—State of the Movement Panelist

Dyllon Burnside—Closing Plenary Speaker

Angelica Ross—Closing Plenary Speaker

Master Taino—Leather Leadership Award

Corina Gould—Ohlone Honoree

L. Frank—Indigenous Keynote