[Editor's Note:] This guest post is by Jaime Grant, director Policy Institute, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
It's hard to even remember what life was like before George Bush stole his way into the Presidency.
We've all slogged our way through an incredibly trying eight years – and we should be commended for keeping our heads up, stubbornly insisting on our humanity and the value of our lives, our families, and our participation in this great democracy.
For those of us who came of age during the civil rights, anti-war, or women's movement – the Bush years have been despairingly claustrophobic. For those of us who came of age under this regime, our vision of what our country and our lives might be has been terribly constrained.
Creating Change, the LGBT movement's largest, cross-issue, multigenerational, annual gathering of activists, researchers, policy makers and funders offers us a moment to break out of the Bush Box and beam ourselves into the still-forming possibilities of the future. What might our LGBT lives look like under President Obama? Who among us might President Clinton appoint to her cabinet?
Within this changing political landscape, what is our roadmap to full equality? What are the many paths we'll take to change and how will they converge, overlap and diverge to build the communities, states and nation we know is possible as we live, work, love and pray alongside our heterosexual friends and neighbors?
Come to Detroit, February 6-10 and hash out our future with the best and brightest thinkers and advocates our movement has to offer. The conversation won't be complete without you, and it's sure to challenge, energize and entertain. (visit creatingchange.org for more information.)