National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
February 27, 2007

In the News:

Discriminated against? Share your story!
Task Force mourns death of elderly Detroit man
      viciously beaten in hate-laced attack
OutSpoken blog: Lawyers for justice
In the states: Florida & Kentucky
Job opportunities at the Task Force


   

Discriminated against? Share your story!

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign launched a collaborative effort Monday to engage more LGBT Americans in the national campaign to end workplace discrimination for LGBT workers. The campaign, which urges LGBT people who have faced job discrimination to share their stories, will be used to boost lobbying efforts for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal bill that would protect LGBT people against workplace discrimination, and for similar state proposals.

[ Learn more about the effort ]
[ Share your story now ]


 

Task Force mourns death of elderly Detroit man viciously beaten in hate-laced attack

“The hatred and loathing that led to the vicious murder of Andrew Anthos only because he was gay is not innate. Instead it is being taught every day by leaders of the so-called Christian right and their political allies.” — Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Andrew Anthos, a 72-year-old Detroit man who was attacked Feb. 13 and left paralyzed from the neck down, died Feb. 23.

[ Read the full statement ]
[ Read information from state partner Triangle Foundation ]


 

OutSpoken blog: Lawyers for justice

“I’m often asked how, other than by representing LGBT clients in court, lawyers can make a difference in the LGBT rights movement. I love this question. Not just because I think lawyers have a unique and powerful role to play. But because I think lawyers have an important stake in getting involved.“ — Kara Suffredini, State Legislative Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

[ Read the full blog entry and respond ]

 

In the states: Florida & Kentucky

In Florida, the Task Force’s Winter Party FestivalSM kicks off tomorrow with new programming for young people, people of faith and transgender people, added to an already vibrant mix of events. The theme of this year’s festival, which runs to March 5, is “Beyond Borders” and includes world-class dance events with top DJs from six countries.

In a matter of days, possibly even this week, the Kentucky House of Representatives will decide the fate of three health-care discrimination bills. According to Kentucky Fairness Alliance, each of these bills would ban fair health-care practices at state colleges and universities; one measure goes even further by forcing health-care discrimination onto state agencies, and even private colleges.



 

Job opportunities at the Task Force

Want to put your skills and talents to use to help advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality? If so, check out the current job openings at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

Federal Legislative Director
New Media & E-Philanthropy Coordinator
Organizing & Training Project Director

Applications are now being accepted!



 

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