The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) acknowledges the concerns raised regarding our decision to proceed with the 29th Annual OCD Conference in Orlando, FL which will take place July 25–28th, 2024. We take these concerns seriously and value the feedback our community has shared on how best to navigate these critical issues. This decision to proceed with the Orlando Conference was made after extensive deliberation. We listened to a wide range of voices with varying perspectives, backgrounds and opinions, and incorporated the feedback into our decision-making process.
Our mission is to help everyone impacted by OCD and related disorders, and we ultimately relied on this to guide our decision.
It is our duty as an organization to ensure that the valuable support, education, and resources we provide through the Annual OCD Conference are accessible to all members of our diverse community, regardless of location or local sociopolitical issues that are outside of our community’s control. The spirit of our organization requires that we address challenges such as these head-on and offer assistance to those most affected.
Of note, our legal counsel has advised us that the Florida legislation will not directly impact the Conference or its attendees.
Florida's Parental Rights in Education Act (House Bill 1557, sometimes referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill), prohibits classroom instruction and discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary school grades. This bill solely applies to schools and school districts in Florida and therefore will not impact the Conference presentations, programs, or sessions.
Our intention is always to create an inclusive, safe, and supportive environment where all attendees feel valued and respected.
We are engaging our LGBTQIA+ community members, BIPOC community members, and mission-aligned partners in Florida to continue to understand and track the unique challenges. We will continue to engage these groups along with local individuals, partners, Affiliates, and institutional members to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for all attendees.
Working together, we are committed to ensuring that the 2024 Conference in Orlando is a transformative event that advances our mission of helping everyone affected by OCD and related disorders, while promoting inclusivity and safety.