National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
October 24, 2006

In the News:

“Purge of the Perverts” redux
Task Force responds to U.S. Catholic bishops’
      proposed guidelines
NJ Supreme Court to issue marriage decision tomorrow
In the states: Phone Home
Creating Change: Task Force announces awards recipients
You’re invited! In fact, it’s your party!
Shop for the Task Force


   

“Purge of the Perverts” redux: How the Foley scandal is leading to a 1950s-style witch hunt

Task Force research partner David K. Johnson (pictured), author of The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government, shares his thoughts on the parallels between the McCarthy era and the current calls for a gay purge in government.

[ Read more ]




 

Task Force responds to U.S. Catholic bishops’ proposed guidelines, Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care

The Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released proposed guidelines titled Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination. The guidelines, issued Oct. 18, will be discussed and likely put to a vote when the Conference of Bishops meets Nov. 13–16 in Baltimore.

[ Read reaction from the National Religious Leadership Roundtable ]

[ Read the statement by Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman ]



 

NJ Supreme Court to issue marriage decision tomorrow

The New Jersey Supreme Court will issue its long-awaited decision on marriage equality tomorrow at 3 p.m. (EST). Lambda Legal, joined by the plaintiffs in the case and Garden State Equality, will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. Win or lose, we all owe a debt of gratitude to these colleagues.




 

In the states: Phone Home

Right-wing forces have put anti-LGBT initiatives on the Nov. 7 ballot in eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. Most of the measures seek to enshrine discrimination in a state's constitution by outlawing not only same-sex marriage, but any form of legal protections for our families. Many people back home don’t know about these ugly initiatives or how harmful they are.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in these states need each of us to contact the people we know there and ask them to vote against discrimination on Nov. 7. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., makes it easy: Just Phone Home today.


 

Creating Change: Task Force announces awards recipients

Online registration for Creating Change closes Oct. 31. (You can register on-site after Oct. 31.)

The Task Force will honor six activists at the 19th Annual Creating Change Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 8–12, for their notable efforts to advance (LGBT) rights. A total of $32,500 will be awarded to the honorees at Creating Change, the country's largest LGBT organizing conference, attracting more than 2,000 activists. Read about the award recipients.


 

You're invited! In fact, it's your party!

That's right — you can throw a party and help the Task Force at the same time. November 11 is our annual Night to Create Change event, when our friends all over the country throw parties to raise cash so we can keep on creating change — and change is good, right? You can have a blast and do a good deed at the same time.


 

Shop for the Task Force

Did you know that you can shop online and help the Task Force at the same time? Giveline.com is an online store created for the community-minded shopper, offering more than a million bestselling products, including books, movies, music, electronics, housewares, gifts and more. Every purchase you make generates a donation to the Task Force, between 7 percent and 33 percent of the value of your purchase. Visit Giveline.com today! Thanks for your support!

 

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