National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
September 12, 2006

In the News:

Task Force praises Christian leaders' courage
Task Force rounds out pride season at Dallas Pride
Get your tickets now for the Oct. 8 Los Angeles
      
Leadership Awards
Book your hotel now for Creating Change 2006
In the states: Michigan, Texas, New Jersey


   

Task Force praises Christian leaders' courage in standing against fear-based religion and political manipulation in the name of Christianity

The Council of Bishops, Elders and Christian Leaders issued a Sept. 11 statement calling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the church and full equality under the law. Statement signatories, including the Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder (pictured), spoke at a press conference the day the statement was released.

[ Read the Task Force press statement ]

Members of our National Religious Leadership Roundtable responded to the Council of Bishops, Elders and Christian Leaders' action. Read their remarks.


 

Task Force rounds out pride season at Dallas Pride

This past Sunday, the Task Force braved a torrential downpour with our pink tent at the pride celebration in Dallas, Texas. The steady rain throughout the day didnít dampen the spirits of the event. Board member David Pena, of Austin, and Task Force Movement Building Director Russell Roybal, signed folks up for the Task Force e-mail list and handed out information about the Task Force and the upcoming Creating Change conference. Dallas Pride was the last event of the pride season for the Task Force, and concluded our 5-month tour of events around the country. Pictured: Russell Roybal, openly lesbian Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and board member David Pena.


 

Get your tickets now for the Oct. 8 Los Angeles Leadership Awards

The Beverly Hills Hotel! Brunch! A beautiful Los Angeles Sunday! What more could anyone want? Well, how about three terrific honorees and the chance to raise funds for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force? So, join us on Sunday, Oct. 8, as we honor Alice Huffman, president of the California chapter of the NAACP, Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, creators of the new film Quinceañera, a huge hit at Sundance, and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Information about tickets, sponsorships and becoming a table captain can be found at www.theTaskForce.org/losangeles.



 

Book your hotel now for Creating Change 2006

Don't wait to register for the 19th annual Creating Change conference! November is right around the corner and the host hotel, Westin Crown, is filling up fast. Register and book your hotel and travel for the nation's premier LGBT gathering, which will be held Nov. 8Ė12 in Kansas City, Mo.




 

In the states: Michigan, Texas, New Jersey

Jeff Montgomery, executive director of Michiganís Triangle Foundation, a Task Force capacity building partner, was honored with the prestigious Liberty Bell Award by the State Bar of Michigan. Montgomery was honored for his work to advance civil rights and justice.  [ Read more ]

Equality Texas joins in mourning the loss of former Gov. Ann Richards, who died last Wednesday at the age of 73. Richards was an icon of progressive politics in Texas: a champion of civil rights, gay rights and feminism.  [ Read more ]

As LGBT rights advocates await the New Jersey Supreme Court's pending marriage decision, Garden State Equality is gearing up for an “Awesome Autumn,” featuring more than 50 events “to electrify New Jersey for marriage equality and all LGBTI rights.”
[ Learn more ]


 

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