National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
August 22, 2006

In the News:

Victory in Cincinnati!
New toolkit for law students opposed to
       military recruitment on campus
Aug. 31 deadline for Miami Recognition Dinner
       early-bird ticket price
Beach Party in Fire Island Pines benefits the Task Force
In the states


   

Victory in Cincinnati!

A conservative political group asked the Cincinnati Board of Elections on Aug. 16 to remove its anti-LGBT referendum from the November ballot, an acknowledgment of fraud in its signature gathering and the likelihood of defeat at the polls. As a result, LGBT people will be protected from discrimination for the first time since 1992. The Task Force invested heavily in the Citizens to Restore Fairness campaign that was geared up to defeat the initiative, including early financial support and the deployment of three full-time staff.

[ Read the full press release ]

 

New toolkit for law students opposed to military recruitment on campus

The Task Force, in partnership with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), this week released a “Donít Ask, Donít Tell” repeal toolkit specifically for law student activists. The toolkit responds to law studentsí direct requests for assistance following a recent Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment, which threatens to withhold millions of dollars in federal funds from colleges and universities whose law schools bar military personnel from recruiting on campus.

The Task Force and SLDN have partnered to conduct trainings at Harvard Law School, the University of Michigan Law School and the American University-Washington College of Law on how law students can engage in and accelerate the national effort to repeal “Donít Ask, Donít Tell.” We will also be conducting a featured workshop at the national Lavender Law Conference and LGBT Law Student Career Fair in September in Washington, D.C.

[ Download a copy of the toolkit ]

 

Aug. 31 deadline for Miami Recognition Dinner early-bird ticket price

Take advantage of our $175 early-bird general admission tickets for the Miami Recognition Dinner. Deadline is midnight on Aug. 31. The price is $190 thereafter. Buy your tickets now and join us at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel to honor Julian Bond, Robert “Bob” Cole and The Weekly News.

[ Click for details and tickets ]

 

Beach Party in Fire Island Pines benefits the Task Force

On Sunday, Aug. 20, more than 1,800 people attended Ascension, the first daytime dance party on the Fire Island Pines beach in nearly a decade. Despite a torrential downpour and gale force winds overnight that toppled tents and bent flagpoles, by the time guests came down the boardwalk onto the beach, the venue literally gleamed in the sun, complete with a reflecting pool and an alley of bright blue pennants. Deejay Brett Henrichsen played a true hands-in-the-air set, finishing the day with a wonderful series of anthems. The premiere eventís success ensures it will become a long-running tradition.

Ascension was organized by Eric von Kuersteiner, a community leader in the Pines, and half of the proceeds will benefit the Task Force. We extend our thanks to Eric and his partner Anthony Roncalli, to the eventís sponsors and to those who helped underwrite its costs by sponsoring the cabanas that surrounded the dance floor, including board co-chair Jeff Soref and board member Ken Ranftle and his partner Craig Leiby. Thanks also to Task Force staff and volunteers who worked hard to make Ascension so wonderful.



 

In the states

Equal Rights Washington will hold its First Annual Summer Party Fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

[ Learn more here ]

 

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