National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
December 19, 2006

In the News:

Task Force on Foley scandal
We’re redesigning our Web site,
      and we want you to be part of it!
Phone Home today
Enter our Los Angeles Leadership Awards raffle
Creating Change is only a month away
Task Force welcomes new Vaid fellows
A Night to Create Change on November 11
In the states: Another victory in Massachusetts


   

Task Force criticizes House leadership for placing its political interests above interests of congressional pages

The Task Force today criticized U.S. House leadership for placing its political interests above the interests of congressional pages, as demonstrated by the growing scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley, who is under FBI investigation for salacious e-mail exchanges with at least one teenage page.

“What’s clear is that the House leadership elevated holding onto a seat above the interests of young people in the page system. And they want to talk about ‘moral values’? Please.” — Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman

[ Read our full statement ]



 

We’re redesigning our Web site, and we want you to be part of it!

The Task Force is currently redesigning its Web site, and the new homepage will feature photos of and quotes from individuals who are engaged with the Task Force in some way (for example, as members, activist partners, event attendees or general supporters of our work). We are seeking a diverse array of high quality headshots (high resolution photos, if digital) as soon as possible for this purpose. If you're interested in submitting a photograph, or know of someone who may be, please let us know.

Photos, contact information and inquiries should be e-mailed to Inga Sarda-Sorensen, deputy communications director, at isorensen@theTaskForce.org.


 

Phone Home today

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., with 15 coalition partners, has launched the Phone Home 2006 campaign, a communitywide effort to defeat anti-LGBT measures on the November ballot in eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. It's a simple message: Phone home if you used to live in, went to college in, have family in, or have other connections with any of the states facing these measures. This campaign recognizes that while many of us have moved away from where we were raised or went to school, we still have ties back home. Please join this effort.


 



Enter our Los Angeles Leadership Awards raffle

This Sunday marks our 17th annual Los Angeles Leadership Awards! We’ve just added a raffle for a trip to Miami, complete with two roundtrip airline tickets and three days/two nights at the National Hotel in Miami Beach. You don't even have to attend to win (although we’d love to see you there). Also hot off the presses — Jesse Garcia (pictured), star of Quinceañera, will join us at the event, which features the NAACP's Alice Huffman, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Quinceañera creators Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.




 

Creating Change is only a month away

Join us for the 19th annual Creating Change Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 8–12. More than 2,000 activists from across the country are expected to attend Creating Change, the country’s premier LGBT organizing conference. Learn more now about this year’s compelling lineup of workshops and speakers. November is right around the corner!




 

Task Force welcomes new Vaid fellows

The Task Force Policy Institute is pleased to welcome its fall 2006 Vaid fellows. Cabrini Vianney (left), a Hunter College student, received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and is working toward a master’s degree in social research. Interested in a wide range of social justice issues, she has worked at various organizations, including the Phoenix House Foundation and the United Nations. She looks forward to a Peace Corps assignment in Southeast Asia in June 2007. Sarah Kennedy is a recent graduate of Ohio University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a Women’s Studies Certificate. Last year, she co-founded Ohio University's Women's Studies Feminist Undergraduate Network. She currently serves as an editor on The Advocate’s GenQ advisory board.



 

A Night to Create Change on November 11

Sign up to host a fund-raiser for the Task Force and be part of this nationwide night of parties. Please visit www.theTaskForce.org/ntcc for details.

 

In the states: Another victory in Massachusetts

The Task Force welcomed the Sept. 29 decision of the Massachusetts Superior Court that Rhode Island same-sex couples may marry in Massachusetts. Read our full statement.

[ Read our full statement ]




 

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