National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
December 19, 2006

In the News:

Changes under way in Task Force Public Policy
      & Government Affairs Department
NRLR responds to vote by two Episcopal parishes
      to secede from Episcopal Church
In the states: Michigan
El Diario: Coming out for teens/Saliendo por
       nuestros adolescentes
Right wing: ‘Happy holidays’ is for homos and hedonists


   

Changes under way in Task Force Public Policy & Government Affairs Department

The Task Force congratulates Public Policy & Government Affairs Director Eldie Acheson (pictured) on her appointment as vice president and general counsel of Amtrak. She will leave the Task Force in January to assume her new role. During her tenure at the Task Force, Acheson led efforts on Capitol Hill to advance LGBT equality and secure critical funds for our community. She will continue to work with the Task Force, serving as a strategy advisor and representing us in key meetings with coalition partners and on Capitol Hill.

Task Force Political Director Dave Noble has been appointed the new director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, effective Jan. 1. Noble has extensive management experience, having run a statewide campaign and two national nonprofit organizations, including National Stonewall Democrats, before joining the Task Force.




 

NRLR responds to vote by two Episcopal parishes to secede from Episcopal Church

National Religious Leadership Roundtable members responded to the Dec. 17 vote by two large Episcopal parishes in Virginia to leave the Episcopal Church to affiliate with the Anglican archbishop of Nigeria, a conservative leader in the church’s fight over homosexuality.

[ Read the NRLR’s response ]



 

In the states: Michigan

The Lansing City Council last night unanimously passed a human rights ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and several other classifications. The Task Force worked with capacity-building partner Triangle Foundation and the Lansing city attorney’s office on legislative language for the measure, which passed 8–0 and takes effect immediately. We congratulate Triangle and Michigan Equality for their hard work. Opponents of the ordinance vowed to start a petition drive to put it on the August ballot, where voters could support or repeal the ordinance.

[ Read news coverage about the vote ]



 

El Diario — Coming out for teens/Saliendo por nuestros adolescentes

El Diario, the country’s second largest Spanish-language newspaper, published a powerful editorial Saturday in response to findings of the Policy Institute’s new report, Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth: An epidemic of homelessness.

[ Read the El Diario editorial. Spanish version/English version ]



 

Right wing: ‘Happy holidays’ is for homos and hedonists

In this compelling commentary, Policy Institute Director Sean Cahill (pictured) waxes on the right wing’s fixation on the so-called “war on Christmas.”

 

Update will be back the week of Jan. 8.

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