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I think this is the first conference I’ve attended where “Gender Neutral” restrooms were the norm. The regular signage (men/women) was covered up with signs designating the restrooms as gender neutral in all areas where Creating Change attendees were the only hotel guests using that area of the hotel.
What is a gender neutral restroom? Well basically each stall is still private but any person can use any bathroom. There were also “family friendly” options available in some areas to support attendees needing baby-changing stations, etc.
The Faith Partnership Project from the California Faith for Equality staff. . . wow! Supporting mutual understanding between faith communities and LGBTQ communities. A highlight from their presentation was a game of SPIRITUAL JEOPARDY. (Yes . . . it was a takeoff on the game show Jeopardy).
The categories used to demonstrate the game:
- Oy Vey, That’s So Gay!
- Friend or Fire?
- What Would Buddha Do?
Who says you can’t have fun when dealing with serious issues?
Two of the presenters from the *Empowering People of Faith* Institute at the Creating Change conference. They shared what it means for clergy to have a year-round commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Harry Knox is the Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Dr. Joel L. Kushner serves as Director for the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.<!–
Today’s *Empowering People of Faith” day long Institute is part of the *Creating Change* conference produced by The Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
The Task Force organizes, convenes and staffs the National Religious Leadership Roundtable (NRLR), a network of leaders from pro-LGBT faith, spiritual and religious organizations, and runs the Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR), which works with the welcoming church movement in eight mainline Protestant denominations.
They offer a really great toolkit you can download: