This week, Baltimore, MD is host to a large gathering of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activsts who are attending the NGLTF's 24th Creating Change Conference.
Several young college students have posted videos on YouTube discussing their personal experiences at the conferences "queer" institutes, along with theirs reactions to speakers and their thoughts about the effectiveness of specialized workshops. Topics at the sessions seem to span the spectrum of diversity including awarness of racial issues, the differently abled, bisexual health, transgender issues, politics, sex and lots more.
WBAL-TV has posted two news pieces: One explains the point of the conference and how it relates to the fight for same-sex marriage in Maryland; the other features appearances by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Governor's wife Katie O'Malley, and Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP. Some controversy erupted after Mrs. O'Malley used the word "cowards" to describe state legislators who did not vote for the 2010 version of the gay marriage bill.
The students' documented reactions seem largely positive, but not entirely: