Creating Change Human Rights Institute 2013 Twitter Winners Announced

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Wed Jan 23, 2013 - 2:00pm EST to Sun Jan 27, 2013 - 6:00am EST
Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
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For the first time in its 25 years of convening, the Creating Change Conference hosted a Human Rights Institute as part of its daylong institutes. Co-sponsored by USHRN and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, the Human Rights Institute was a huge success. Over 80 people attended.

Some of the highlights included a moderated panel with human rights workers talking about their application and the usefulness of the human rights framework to LGBTQQI rights work, a strategy session that gave useful and informative tips and tactics for engaging legislative officials and the media, and a session on how to develop a human rights campaign. The institute covered a range of issues, including reproductive rights, racial profiling, transformative justice, transgender rights, sexual expression, and others.

Winners of the Twitter Competition

During the conference, we had a competition for who could bring the most attention via Twitter to the issues raised throughout the Institute and make connections across other sessions of the conference. Criteria included the number and quality of the tweets, as well as the number of days participants tweeted.

  1st Place ($100): Veronica.

Veronica is a student at Metropolitan State University at Denver. Her comment on the institute: "I chose the Human Rights Institute at #CC13 because Human Rights are the most important things to focus on and I want to help protect them."


  2nd Place ($50): Emily

Emily is a student at Princeton University and a future legal advocate. Her comment on the institute: "I attended the Human Rights Institute to learn a new frame in which to place LGBTQ advocacy. I learned about the holistic aspects that unite many struggles for equality."


  3rd Place ($25): Zack

Zack is the editor of the LGBT blog at Think Progress. His comment on the institute: "Opponents of equality purport that their "religious freedom" trumps the basic human rights of LGBT people. So often, the issues facing our community are caught up in 'controversy' while the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people often remain invisible on the periphery. As we advocate for the full inclusion of LGBT people both in the U.S. and abroad, it's important to consider the lives they are actually leading and the basic human rights they deserve, not just in terms of their safety, but their ability to participate fully in society. Developing a basic understanding of just what those 'human rights' are is crucial to understanding the humanity that they define."


LGBTQ Rights Are Human Rights Campaign Competition

As we announced during the institute, USHRN and Woodhull are holding a contest among those who attended to see who can best apply what they have learned about human rights. Even if you did not stay for the entire day, you may still participate in the contest. If you are interested in participating, you must notify us of your interest ASAP, but no later than April 1st.  While you have complete freedom over what action you will take for this campaign, we make a few suggestions below. Contact Yolande Tomlinson, at, with any and all questions you may have.

Here are the guidelines for participation:  

1. Open up an existing campaign to include the human rights framework. Tell us how you did it.

2. Approach an issue from the local, state, or federal level using the human rights tools discussed at the Institute.

3. The campaign needs to be put into action (it cannot only be on paper), meaning, it cannot be a concept only, it must be something you have started or will start before you redeem your prize.

4. The subject is open, but we encourage an LGBTQ-focused or -inclusive campaign.

5. Lastly, we require from you a cover letter that addresses the following: a brief statement about your knowledge of human rights prior to the Institute, a description of your campaign (don't leave out anything), and any necessary links, materials, or whatever you feel needs to be included to help us understand what your campaign is about and how it works.

Possible Projects Include: 

- Issue a press release

- Send an open letter to an official or private actor

- Start a petition

- Send a letter to an editor

- Do a blog on reframing issue(s) as human rights issues

- Do a social media campaign to raise awareness of an issue, using the human rights framework

- Do whatever you can imagine or have been working on!


Friday, June 21st for the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit all-inclusive pass

Friday, September 20th for the USHRN National Conference all-inclusive pass

Prize (2 winners): "All-inclusive" means the following: 

Fully-paid flight (economy seats), hotel (single room), and registration (covers all events) to: the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit (September 19-22, 2013 in Washington, D.C.) and/or USHRN National Conference (December 6-8, 2013, in Atlanta, GA). You are responsible for getting around in the event host city, and for any meals not covered during the conference.

Available Resources:

At the bottom of the page there are downloadable files of the agenda and 2 presentations from the Institute. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Yogyakarta Principles

US Human Rights Network: projects and campaigns

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance: Family Matters Project


The Human Rights Institute was held on Thursday, January 24th, from 9 am to 6:00 pm.

For more information on the Daylong Institutes, click here.

For a conference schedule at a glance, click here

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