National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
January 30, 2007

In the News:

National release of Task Force report on
      LGBT youth homelessness
OutSpoken blog — LGBT youth homelessness:
       A national disgrace
In the states: Busy season for legislative lawyers
National summer camp for LGBT youth
DC Leadership Awards kickoff event on Feb. 2


   

National release of Task Force report on LGBT youth homelessness

“It is a national disgrace that 20 to 40 percent of homeless youth are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender. It is a further disgrace that federal programs that assist homeless young people have been pitifully underfunded. The Task Force calls on the president and the new Congress — as they begin this Monday to focus on the federal budget — to address the unmet social service needs of all vulnerable Americans. That means recognizing and addressing the epidemic of homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.”
Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

[ Read the full press release ]
[ Download the full report and city-specific fact sheets ]
[ Read the Associated Press story ]


Photo: Dilo Cintrón and Angelika Torres spoke today at an audio press conference announcing the national release of the report, Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth: An epidemic of homelessness.



 

OutSpoken blog — LGBT youth homelessness: A national disgrace

“While there is clearly more that can be done at the grassroots level, in the end it is not enough to beat this epidemic without additional funding and support at the federal level.” — Jason Cianciotto, Research Director, Task Force Policy Institute

How can we combat the epidemic of homelessness among LGBT youth? Cianciotto’s latest blog entry offers insight into current legislation and replicable grassroots efforts aimed at doing just that.

[ Read and respond to this blog entry ]


 

In the states: Busy season for legislative lawyers

State legislative sessions are kicking into high gear. Since 2007 sessions began in the first week of January, Task Force legislative lawyers have provided state and local partners substantial bill drafting expertise, legislative strategy and other technical assistance on 23 pro-LGBT bills in 16 states. The legislative topics include nondiscrimination, hate crimes, safe schools, sodomy law repeal and relationship recognition.

[ Learn how to access the expertise of our legislative lawyers ]

 

National summer camp for LGBT youth

Task Force state partner Triangle Foundation, in cooperation with the Task Force, National Youth Advocacy Coalition, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and the National Center for Transgender Equality announce the second annual Camping.OUT, open to LGBT and allied youth from across the United States. This year’s camp will be held in Michigan on Aug. 14–19.

[ Get more details about Camping.OUT ]

 

DC Leadership Awards kickoff event on Feb. 2

Join us Friday, Feb. 2, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. for a cocktail reception to kick off this year’s DC Leadership Awards, our national dinner, which will be held Saturday, May 5, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

The Feb. 2 event is being held at the home of Bill Eskridge and features special guest Lane Hudson, who broke the Foleygate scandal. To RSVP or for more information about the DC Leadership Awards, contact Janice Thom at jthom@theTaskForce.org or 646.358.1467.


 

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