National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
May 1, 2007

In the News:

House vote on federal hate crimes bill this Thursday
OutSpoken Blog: Exposing right-wing lies about
      federal hate crimes legislation
Task Force sponsors California Leadership Training
In the states: Iowa and New Hampshire
Join us this Saturday for our DC Leadership Awards
Job opportunities at the Task Force


   

House vote on federal hate crimes bill this Thursday

Visit our Hate Crimes Protections 2007 Action Center today!

This Thursday, the full House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would add victims of hate crimes who are targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity to existing hate crimes statutes. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., has been working since the 1980s to pass similar legislation, and 2007 presents our best hope yet for passing this bill.

Yet extremists on the right are doing everything they can to prevent us from receiving the same protections provided to people who are targeted due to their race or religion. And they’re reaching new lows in their attacks. We don’t usually link to sites like the Traditional Values Coalition or the American Family Association, but this time, we felt you should see for yourself what they’re saying.

Make sure Congress understands that it needs to pass the hate crimes bill — this year. We have been waiting far too long. Contact your U.S. representatives and senators today by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121. And make sure to visit our Hate Crimes Protections 2007 Action Center.


 

OutSpoken Blog: Exposing right-wing lies about federal hate crimes legislation

“Since the federal hate crimes bill was introduced in March, anti-LGBT leaders of the religious right have been spending a lot of time and money spreading lies and misinformation about the federal hate crimes bill, including that it punishes people’s ‘thoughts’ and would lead to the imprisonment of evangelical Christians for sharing their beliefs about LGBT people. ... Let’s take a brief look at what the proposed hate crimes bill would actually do.”
— Jason Cianciotto, Research Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute

[ Read the full blog entry and respond ]


 

Task Force sponsors California Leadership Training

This past weekend, the Task Force sponsored a Leadership Training for more than 85 participants from across California as well as Alaska, Florida, Maine, New York, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.

California recruitment was led by an organizing committee that brought more than 30 teams from across the state. Task Force trainings are known for creating opportunities to put new skills to direct use, and by the close of the training on Sunday participants had raised $10,000 and recruited hosts for more than 60 house parties to help launch Let California Ring, a statewide public education campaign promoting the freedom to marry.

Task Force staff worked alongside trainers from the Equality California Institute, GLAAD and Marriage Equality USA. The Vote for Equality Project coordinated a door-to-door canvass on Saturday. California remains a key state for the Task Force and we have five full-time organizers working to help build the statewide coalition supporting marriage for same-sex couples. Pictured: Becca Ahuja, a Task Force field organizer, leads a workshop at this past weekend’s Leadership Training. Credit: Equality California Institute

[ Learn more about our organizing work ]


 

In the states: Iowa and New Hampshire

The Iowa Legislature approved a bill on April 25 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, public accommodations, housing, education and credit practices. Gov. Chet Culver has vowed to sign the bill. Read our statement.

By a 14–10 vote, the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill on April 26 that will grant same-sex couples in civil unions all of the rights afforded to New Hampshire’s married couples under state law. The legislation passed the state House on April 4 by a 243–129 vote. Gov. John Lynch has said he intends to sign the legislation as “a matter of conscience, fairness and preventing discrimination.” Read our press release.


 

Join us this Saturday for our DC Leadership Awards

We’ll be holding this annual gala at the beautiful Omni Shoreham Hotel this Saturday, May 5, 6:30–10 p.m. Please join us as we honor the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the groundbreaking Logo show, Noah’s Arc (pictured). You may purchase tickets at www.theTaskForce.org/dcla. All online ticket sales end at 6 p.m. (EST) on Friday, May 4. A limited number of general admission tickets will be available at the door on May 5. See you there!


 

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:

Graphic Designer
Director of Institutional Gifts
Director of Major Gifts

Applications now being accepted!


 

Task Force in the News: Read highlights from April’s media coverage of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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