Embody Progress Conference

The Embody Progress Conference is an annual conference that is held in an area of the country that is traditionally under resourced with regard to LGBTQ issues, providing access for all individuals regardless of barriers, presenting up-to-date resources and information, relevant in trends and topics, and providing space for all voices to be uplifted in unison.

The Embody Progress Conference will act as a catalyst for unifying organizers, funders, and thought leaders on a national scale with grassroots community organizers, educators, health administrators, and everyday people in hopes to educate and mobilize around issues facing LGBTQ people on local, regional, and national levels.

The Embody Progress Conference is progressive in values, ideals, and diversity. The conference acknowledges the power of sharing individual narratives and will always allow any individual to submit a proposal, lead workshops, institutes, keynotes, or any other form of facilitated breakout, regardless of educational status, background, or identity.

Gather LGBTQ people, organizers, educators, and health administrators nationwide to
Reclaim Southern spaces in the name of raising
Our voices, our bodies, and our strengths as
We seek to further our knowledge, resources, and networks
To bring back into our local spaces and champion the
Heritage of the shoulders we stand on.






The Sheraton Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

A program of The Change Project


Schedule at a glance


Saturday, August 26, 2017*

7:00AM - Registration Opens

9:00AM - Workshop Sessions 5

10:30AM - Workshop Sessions 6

12:00PM - Lunch Plenary 

1:30PM - Workshop Sessions 7

3:00PM - Workshop Sessions 8

5:30PM - Dinner on Your own

6:45PM - Through the Queer Lens Photography Exhibition and Panel Discussion

Sunday, August 27, 2017*

9:00AM - Workshop Sessions 9

10:30AM - Workshop Sessions 10

12:00PM - Check Out

* Morning activities such as yoga and zumba are being planned and will be added when confirmed

** Faith services are also being planned

This schedule is subject to change

Thursday, August 24, 2017

7:00AM - Early Registration Opens

9:00AM - Racial Justice Pre-Conference Begins

03:00PM - Vendor Load-In

04:00PM - Racial Justice Pre-Conference Ends

06:00PM - Start of Networking Event

10:00PM - Registration Close

Friday, August 25, 2017*

7:00AM - Early Registration Opens

9:00AM - Workshop Sessions 1

10:30AM - Workshop Sessions 2

12:00PM - Lunch on your own

1:30PM - Workshop Sessions 3

3:00PM - Workshop Sessions 4

5:30PM - Opening Plenary Session

6:45PM - Dinner on your own 

8:00PM - Entertainment Begins

10:00PM - Registration Close


We are very excited to offer many different options for registration! There is a Racial Justice pre-conference on August 24.

Student Registration (College and High School)

Super Early Bird (until 12/31/16) - ENDED

Early Bird (until 7/15/17) - ENDED

Regular Registration (until 8/24/17) - $100

Super Early Bird (until 12/31/16) -  ENDED

Early Bird (until 7/15/17) - ENDED

Regular Registration (until 8/24/17) - $215

Racial Justice Day-Long Institute Only - $35

Can't afford our registration? Fundraise for it with our tools! Once you fundraise the registration cost, we will send you a registration

exhibit at embody progress

Exhibiting at the Embody Progress Conference is your organization or business' opportunity to connect with 750-1,000 LGBTQ people across the nation. The registration cost includes one 10 foot table and two chairs. There will be no table clothes, so please bring a table cloth. The cost also includes one conference registration.

Early Bird (until 7/15/17) - $100

Regular Registration (until 8/15/17) - $175

workshop tracks

Youth only

The Youth Track of the Embody Progress Conference is open for any youth between the ages of fourteen and twenty four, or anyone currently enrolled as a student in an educational facility. The purpose of this track is to provide space for young folk to connect with their peers, share resources, develop personal leadership skills, and create strategy on how to impact their communities and schools in a positive light.

Professional Education

This Track of the Embody Progress Conference is open to any administrator, educator, social worker, or service provider that is seeking to utilize the conference as a part of their required continued Professional Education. The purpose of this track is to offer comprehensive training courses around LGBTQ identities, human intersectionality, and issues facing LGBTQ people for working professionals. There are two specialized sub tracks: Health and Education. Continuing education credits will be available.

Art as activism

The Change Project believes that changing hearts and minds is vital to winning in the South. Throughout the conference there will be workshops, open space, and entertainment that is driven by visual and performance art. Each evening there will be art shows and drag performances in hopes to provide space for artistic minds and arts activists to share their resources with other organizers present.

Community Organizing

Participants will be able to evaluate current policies, hear testimony of successful advocacy and more. This focus area intends to enhance the quality of advocacy practices around the country. Workshops will be solicited for people to submit in areas around HIV Advocacy, Issues facing LGBTQ People of Color, Immigration, Policy, Elections, etc.

Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference please see the packet below, then email steven@embodyprogress.org

Where to stay

The Sheraton Birmingham

All workshops, plenary sessions, and events of the 2017 Embody Progress Conference will be held at the Sheraton Birmingham.

  • The Sheraton Birmingham offers a Embody Progress Conference Rate of $120.00/night.
  • Each attendee at the Embody Progress Conference is responsible for making his/her/their own hotel and travel arrangements.
  • The conference host hotel, the Sheraton Birmingham, is located Uptown District of Birmingham.
  • Reservations must be made by July 24,2017 to receive the guaranteed conference rate, pending availability. Click on the Book Now Button below to make a reservation.

We anticipate The Embody Progress Conference host hotel to sell out, so we advise booking your room early. You may cancel your room reservation at the Sheraton Birmingham 24 hours prior to your arrival.