National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
April 24, 2007

In the News:

Visit our ENDA Action Center now!
Supreme Court upholds draconian restrictions
      on women’s reproductive freedom
Washington governor signs domestic partnership bill
Oregon Senate passes LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination
      legislation
OutSpoken blog: Abstinence-only sex ed is ineffective?
       LGBT students could have told you that
Task Force criticizes bigoted mockery by Illinois state
      lawmakers considering measure related to gender identity
DC Leadership Awards on May 5!


   

Transgender-inclusive ENDA introduced in U.S. House

Visit our ENDA Action Center now!

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., applauds today’s introduction of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Task Force, the first national organization to advocate for federal nondiscrimination legislation in 1974, played a leading role in ensuring ENDA explicitly includes transgender people.

[ Read our press release ]
[ Visit our ENDA Action Center ]
[ Learn more about our long history of working on federal nondiscrimination legislation ]


 

Supreme Court upholds draconian restrictions on women’s reproductive freedom

“With this decision, a majority of our nation’s highest court permitted itself to be a tool of the anti-choice movement instead of preserving a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make childbearing choices in consultation with family members and medical care providers. This is a sad day for America and our Constitution.”
— Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman

[ Read our press release ]


 

Washington governor signs domestic partnership bill

The Task Force hails Gov. Chris Gregoire’s action and the tireless work of our capacity building partner, Equal Rights Washington (ERW). Over the past two years, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., has provided technical assistance, training and funding in an effort to assist ERW in strengthening its capacity and impact throughout Washington state.

[ Read our full statement ]
[ Learn more about ERW ]


 

Oregon Senate passes LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination legislation

The Oregon Senate passed the Oregon Equality Act on April 19 by a 19–7 vote. The measure bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas such as employment, housing and public accommodations. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., which has invested substantial staff and financial support in Oregon, applauds the work of state partner Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) in securing this victory.

[ Read our full statement ]
[ Learn more about BRO ]


 

OutSpoken blog: Abstinence-only sex ed is ineffective? LGBT students could have told you that

“By definition, abstinence-only programs completely disregard LGBT youth, giving them no information about how to keep themselves healthy sexually and emotionally in their relationships.”
— Sarah Kennedy, Vaid Fellow

[ Read and respond to the full blog entry ]
[ Read the Task Force press release on this topic ]


 

Task Force criticizes bigoted mockery by Illinois state lawmakers considering measure related to gender identity

Two Illinois state legislators last week mocked gender transitions while debating a bill designed to make it easier to secure a new birth certificate after having sex-reassignment surgery in another country.

“Let Don Imus be a lesson for us all. There will be no more profit or pleasure to be gained by describing the lives of others in contemptuous and derisive terms. We’ve had enough of trash talk from public figures and elected leaders.”
— Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman

[ Read our full statement ]


 

DC Leadership Awards on May 5!

The 2007 DC Leadership Awards are just around the corner. Of course, it won’t be a real event if you’re not there. We’re honoring Service Employees International Union and that terrific show, Noah’s Arc (pictured). Go to www.theTaskForce.org/dcla to purchase your tickets or, if you’d prefer to purchase tickets over the phone, call Janice Thom, director of special events, at 646.358.1467.


 

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