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



Saturday, August 26, 2017

7:00AM - Registration Opens

9:00AM - Workshop Sessions 5

11:00AM - Workshop Sessions 6

12:30PM - Lunch

2:30PM - Workshop Sessions 7

5:30PM - Dinner on Your own


This schedule is subject to change

Thursday, August 24, 2017

7:00AM -  Registration Opens

10:00AM - Racial Justice Pre-Conference Begins

03:00PM - Racial Justice Pre-Conference Ends

06:00PM - Start of Networking Event

7:00PM - Registration Closes

Friday, August 25, 2017

7:00AM - Registration Opens

9:00AM - Workshop Sessions 1

11:00AM - Workshop Sessions 2

12:30PM - Lunch on your own

2:30PM - Workshop Sessions 3

5:00PM - Opening Plenary Session

6:45PM - Dinner on your own 

8:00PM - Registration Closes



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


Want to attend the conference for a subsidized rate or totally free? Submit an application and we will get back to you in 48 hours!

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

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.