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Registration capacity is now SOLD OUT. 

Thank you for your interest in the LGBTQ+ Issues Conference. This event is now sold out and the waitlist is full. We will record several sessions from this conference for viewing after the event on our Virtual Pass. To check out recordings from last year’s conference please click here.

CTA is proud to present the thirteenth annual CTA conference addressing LGBTQ+ issues involving educators, students and the community. This conference will be hosted in-person and is open to all CTA members and will serve as a venue to discuss a variety of subjects affecting the entire membership and California’s youth.

This year’s conference will look “Beyond the Binary: Identity & Imagining Possibilities”. Sessions will focus on three core areas:

  • Supporting & Centering the Most Marginalized
  • Healing, Resilience & Joy
  • Queer Futures

If you have any questions, please email the conference staff at


AGENDA*: Click here for a PDF version of the agenda.

*All program details and documents are subject to change.

Friday, October 29

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

CTA Registration Desk

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Exhibitor Showcase

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dinner & Opening General Session

Saturday, October 30

7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

CTA Registration Desk

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Exhibitor Showcase

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Racial Equity Advisory Committee (REAC) Forum

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Elective Session 1

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Elective Session 2

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch Buffet & Networking Activity

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Elective Session 3

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

LGBTQ+ Generational Panel Discussion

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

LGBTQ+ Caucus Meeting

5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Women's Rights Committee Forum

6:15 PM

Dinner/Evening On Own

Sunday, October 31

7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Coffee & Tea Service

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Ethnic Caucus Meetings

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

CTA Registration Desk

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM


9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Elective Session 4

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Brunch & Closing General Session


Host Hotel: Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

  • Address: 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
  • Reservations Phone: 866-724-0603
  • Group Rate: $129/night + tax
  • Booking Deadline: October 13, 2021 (or until block sells out)
  • Parking: Complimentary Self Parking

Please note, the CTA discounted rate is no longer available. If you still need to book a hotel reservation, please CLICK HERE for alternative hotel options in the area.


  • LGBTQ Member Contacts – $97.50
  • CTA Members – $195
  • SCTA Members – $39
  • Invited Exhibitor – $280 / booth

Health and Safety Policies

The health and safety of attendees, speakers, exhibitors and staff are our highest priority. In partnership with hotels, CTA will adhere to all official government and local authority guidance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations.

In accordance with COVID-19 safety requirements put in place by the City of Palm Springs, all attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, and invited guests will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours upon check-in at the CTA Registration Desk.

Proof of vaccination can be in the form of your physical Vaccination Record Card (CRC) from the CDC, an image of the card, if you have a picture on your phone, or your digital COVID -19 vaccine record issued by the State of California.

Click here to see CTA’s health and safety policies for in-person events.


Session documents will be available in the attendee hub app within each session closer to the start of the conference.


Professional Growth Hours: Professional Growth credit will be available at no cost for CTA members. Confirmation of professional growth hours will be emailed shortly after the conference.

University Credit: The 2021-2022 University Credit Program is a benefit available to members attending CTA Conferences during the 2021-2022 school year. CTA Members, through attending in-person or virtual conferences, will be given the opportunity to accumulate the professional growth hours needed to qualify for university credit units with CSU, Chico. As a benefit to members, CTA will cover the cost for up to three university credit units with CSU, Chico, normally $75/credit. The professional growth hours can be accumulated by attending conferences live and/or by watching recordings. Click here for more information on how to claim the credit.


Desert AIDS Walk

Help the CTA LGBTQ+ Caucus support the Desert AIDS Walk by donating to our virtual team. The WALK is during the CTA LGBTQ+ Issues Conference in Palm Springs. Please consider helping us make our goal and give to our local conference community. In this together! Click here to lend your support!


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