June 6, 2006

In the News:

Task Force slams Federal Marriage Amendment as an 'immoral attack on gay America'
Clergy respond to FMA
Mapping Our Rights
Pride, pride and more pride!
Task Force stance on U.N. vote tweaks Family Research Council
Task Force mourns death of young activist and former fellow
In the States

 

Task Force slams Federal Marriage Amendment as an 'immoral attack on gay America'

"Above all, this is an immoral attack on gay people, our families and our fundamental humanity." — Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Read our full response to President Bush's push for the FMA and statements released last Thursday and Saturday.



Clergy respond to FMA

Clergy for Fairness, an ad hoc coalition of religious leaders who oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment, held a June 5 press conference to respond to President Bush. The Task Force helped organize and promote the event.

[ Read more about the press conference ]





Mapping Our Rights

Launch of new Web site marks unique collaboration between reproductive rights, LGBT groups. [ Read more ]
[ Read coverage from the Associated Press ]

"From the right to control our own bodies, to access to fertility technology, to the application of scientifically based approaches to HIV/AIDS, people of every sexual orientation and gender identity share the most basic human concerns and goals." Jason Cianciotto, Research Director, Task Force Policy Institute



Pride, pride and more pride!

The Task Force continued its tour of Pride celebrations. Last weekend, we were in Kansas City, Detroit and Austin. Austin events included a meet-and-greet for local LGBT leaders with Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman and a community town hall meeting. We also had a fabulous contingent in the Austin Pride parade. Thanks to Task Force board member David Pena and the Austin Task Force Hometown Team for organizing these events.

Kansas City is the site of the 2006 Creating Change Conference on Nov. 8–12. At Pride, 100-plus local folks signed up to volunteer. The Kansas City Creating Change host committee helped staff the booth. At the Detroit-area Motor City Pride festival — sponsored by our statewide partner the Triangle Foundation — we announced that Detroit will play host to Creating Change in 2007. Look for us this weekend at Capital Pride in Washington, D.C., and at Christopher Street West (L.A. Pride) in West Hollywood, Calif.



Matt Foreman speaking at the Equality 
Texas Pride Brunch


Task Force stance on U.N. vote tweaks Family Research Council

The right-wing Family Research Council took note of the Task Force's role in pressuring the U.S. to support two lesbian and gay rights groups in the U.N. Read the Task Force's full statement on the U.N. vote and the Family Research Council's response.


Task Force mourns death of young activist and former fellow

The Task Force expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Angelina Malfitano, 22, a 2005 Organizing & Training fellow who was recently killed in a car accident. A student leader at UC Davis, Angelina marched with us at last year's New York Pride. She will be remembered for her limitless energy, good humor and passion for social justice.



In the States

Read this op-ed by Howard Bayless, board chair of Equality Alabama, a nonprofit that advances full equality for LGBT Alabamians through education and action.

 

 

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