National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
March 20, 2007

In the News:

Task Force applauds introduction of federal
      hate crimes legislation
Leaders of Task Force and CBST arrested in
      ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ protest
OutSpoken blog: True Moral Leadership
Upcoming events: Palm Springs, New York City
      and Washington, D.C.


   

Task Force applauds introduction of federal hate crimes legislation

“At long last, Congress is poised to recognize the reality of hate violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It’s a disgrace that bigotry and ignorance have prevented Congress from taking real action to address hate crimes for nearly 20 years.”
— Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman

[ Read our full press release ]

Take action today! You can help pass this important legislation. Visit our Hate Crimes Protections 2007 Action Center now to learn what fast and easy steps you can take to make a difference. The Task Force has a long history of working to secure hate crimes protections for LGBT people, including first-ever national reports on hate violence against LGBT people. Learn about it here.


 

Leaders of Task Force and CBST arrested in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ protest

Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, leader of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, were arrested outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square on March 15 in protest of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and Gen. Peter Pace’s recent comment that homosexuality is “immoral.”

[ View protest photos and read Matt Foreman’s statement ]
[ Watch the video of the demonstration and arrest ]


 

OutSpoken blog: True Moral Leadership

“Police picked Rabbi Kleinbaum and Matt up off the ground and arrested them. They took them away for standing up against the immorality of an administration that has denied full citizenship to LGBT people, that has engaged in an immoral war killing hundreds of thousands and injuring many thousands more, that has been accomplice to the homophobia that destroys the moral fabric of this country. Indeed, not everything that is legal is moral and not everything that is moral is legal.”
— Pedro Julio Serrano, Task Force Communications Coordinator

[ Read the full blog and respond ]


 

Upcoming events: Palm Springs, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Please join the Task Force on April 7 for the Second Annual Palm Springs Cocktail Party in Palm Springs, Calif.; our New York Leadership Awards on April 16, honoring U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Steven Goldstein, chair and CEO of Garden State Equality, with emcee Kate Clinton and special guest speaker the Rev. James Forbes and a performance by David Raleigh; and our DC Leadership Awards on May 5, honoring Service Employees International Union and Patrik-Ian Polk, creator and executive producer of Noah’s Arc, and the cast of the show.

 

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