National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
April 3, 2007

In the News:

Task Force posts $10,000 reward in Detroit anti-gay
      homicide case
Focus on LGBT elders
In the states: California and Massachusetts
Upcoming events: Palm Springs, New York City,
      Washington, D.C.


   

Task Force posts $10,000 reward in Detroit anti-gay homicide case

Detroit police have closed their investigation into the Feb. 23 death of Andrew Anthos, 72, after the Wayne County medical examiner’s office ruled Anthos fell because he had an arthritic neck, not because he was struck during a hate-motivated attack. The medical examiner’s report failed to explain a 2-inch bruise on the back of Anthos’ head.

“We’ve seen the same kinds of things happen time and again in the way in which police respond to hate violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We are proud to work with the Triangle Foundation and to post a $10,000 reward to encourage people to come forward with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.”
— Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman

[ Read our full Task Force statement ]
[ Read the Triangle Foundation statement ]


 

Focus on LGBT elders

Challenges facing LGBT elders and the Task Force’s work on LGBT aging issues are garnering attention this week. An April 1 Baltimore Sun story titled “One more battle: Gay boomers, who fought discrimination and confronted AIDS, face a new fight as they grow old,” features comments from Amber Hollibaugh, a Task Force senior strategist and LGBT aging specialist.

Hollibaugh is also to be spotlighted in a series on the topic by AOL QueerSighted blogger Richard Rothstein, who writes in today’s blog post that he will report on “the remarkable accomplishment of the Task Force in changing attitudes and policy in Washington, raising awareness of the shortcomings of regulations and laws badly needed to support and protect gay seniors throughout the nation.”

[ Read the Baltimore Sun story ]
[ Read Richard Rothstein’s full blog entry ]
[ Learn more about the Task Force’s work on aging issues ]


 

In the states: California and Massachusetts

Youth in California’s juvenile justice system who are mistreated and harassed because they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender will be assured new protections in a new bill authored by Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California. Read more.

Task Force National Religious Leadership Roundtable member the Rev. Irene Monroe will participate at the Queering the Church: Changing Ecclesial Structures conference on April 18–19 at the Center for Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. Learn more.



 

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

Join us this Saturday, April 7, for the Second Annual Palm Springs Cocktail Party. Get your tickets today. On Monday, April 16, we’re holding our New York Leadership Awards at the Grand Hyatt, honoring U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel and Steven Goldstein, CEO and chair of Garden State Equality, with special guest speaker the Rev. James Forbes, senior minister of the Riverside Church. Click for details and tickets. And our DC Leadership Awards on Saturday, May 5, at the Omni Shoreham, will honor the Service Employees International Union and the cast and executive producer of Noah’s Arc, with special guest Wilson Cruz. Get tickets and information on sponsorships.

 

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