Sue Hyde, longtime Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference, will be leaving her position this spring. Since Hyde started at the Task Force in 1986, she’s overseen many important initiatives, including co-founding Creating Change in 1988. Hyde’s new role will be as Executive Director of the Wild Geese Foundation, directing resources to small non-profits focusing on LGBTQ people, youth, women, reproductive justice, food and water access.
Besides Creating Change, Hyde has been instrumental in founding and contributing to a number of critical LGBTQ rights issues. Her work includes:
- Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community and Your World (Beacon Press, 2007), Author
- Military Freedom Project 1988-1990, Co-Founder
- Privacy Project 1986-1990, Director of a community organizing project to challenge anti-sodomy laws in the 25 states that criminalized private, consensual, adult sex between persons of the same sex at the time of the Bowers v. Hardwick SCOTUS decision
- Massachusetts marriage equality victory 1995-2007, strategist
“Whether it was shaping our movement’s intellectual origins in Gay Community News, fighting the Christian right’s anti-gay ballot campaigns, repealing sodomy laws, or forming the visionary Freedom to Marry organization in 1995, Sue Hyde has always been a visionary leader for the LGBT movement and for the broader social justice movement,” said Dr. Sean Cahill, The Fenway Institute’s Director of Health Policy Research, who worked with Hyde at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1999 to 2007. “The Creating Change Conference, now in its 30th year, is the largest LGBT activist gathering in the U.S., and probably the world. We in the LGBT and HIV activist communities are in great debt to Sue for her vision, her excellent organizing abilities, and her winsome sense of humor. What will we do without her?”
We wish Hyde the best in her next endeavor!
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