National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
July 5, 2006

In the News:

New York marriage decision: Homophobia runs deep
Creating Change 2006 workshop deadline: July 14
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
      to hold July 19 vigil against death penalty
LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander leaders announce mini-grants
In the states



   

New York marriage decision: Homophobia runs deep

"So many of us assume that because people know we're gay, invite us over to dinner, thought Will and Grace was hysterical. . .or welcome our partners home for the holidays. . .they are on our side and know what to do." — Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman

[ Read the full text of Matt Foreman's commentary on the New York marriage decision ]



 

Last chance! Creating Change 2006 workshop deadline is Friday, July 14

There are only three days left to submit workshop proposals for Creating Change, the nation’s premier LGBT organizing and skills-building conference. Proposals for this year's conference, to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8–12, are due to the Task Force by 6 p.m. on July 14.

[ Proposal guidelines ]
[ Proposal form ]



 

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission to hold July 19 vigil against the death penalty

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) joins the Persian Gay and Lesbian Organization (PGLO) and other LGBT and human rights organizations worldwide in holding a vigil in New York City against the death penalty on July 19 at 5 p.m. The date commemorates the anniversary of the brutal public hanging of two young men in Iran last year.

The NYC vigil, which is endorsed by the Task Force, will be held in global partnership with human rights advocates from Tehran to Mexico City. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission invites all interested groups in New York to join in planning and organizing the vigil. The vigil will be held at the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, 622 Third Avenue (at 40th Street), New York, NY.

For more information about IGLHRC, visit http://www.iglhrc.org.



 

LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander leaders announce mini-grants to assist national study by Policy Institute

The planning committee from the national roundtable of LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander leaders from last year’s Creating Change is proud to announce a series of cash mini-grants to organizations/individuals that assist in the collection of surveys for the Policy Institute’s national study of LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. We are prioritizing assistance in the recruitment of participants to take the survey in Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese. For more information, please contact Alain Dang at adang@theTaskForce.org.

[ Read more about the project ]
[ Take the survey ]

 

In the states

Equal Rights Washington, a Task Force capacity building partner, has launched its Talk About Marriage Equality campaign. This week in Ashland, Ky., Kentucky Fairness Alliance, another one of our statewide partners, is sponsoring a Community Organizing School along with the Southern Empowerment Project and Kentucky Jobs with Justice.

For conference details, visit www.southernempowerment.org.



 

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