National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
March 26, 2008

In the News:

We invite you to submit names of inspirational women leaders
      to our new online roll call!
Faith leaders respond to increase in gifts to UCC despite
      controversial marriage stance
Task Force mourns death of ACLU’s Marvin Johnson
Did you hear the one about...
Task Force co-sponsors Saturday’s Dancing at the Intersections


 

We invite you to submit names of inspirational women leaders to our new online roll call!

Throughout March, the Task Force has celebrated Women’s History Month by profiling inspirational lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who are working toward full equality. While the commemorative month is winding down, our commitment to honoring such women continues in the form of a new, ongoing online roll call spotlighting these many leaders and their contributions to the social justice movement. Know someone who fits the bill? Then submit a name!

“Women’s leadership is everywhere within our movement — on the frontlines, at the podium, at the helm of public actions and behind the scenes. We thought ‘let’s raise up this reality as well as honor the women who are making a difference.’ ... We’re asking the community to help name the names of inspirational lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who are leading the way to full equality.”
— Task Force Communications Director Roberta Sklar

[ Learn more and submit a name ]


 

Faith leaders respond to increase in gifts to UCC despite controversial marriage stance

Members of the Task Force-convened National Religious Leadership Roundtable responded to the recent announcement by the United Church of Christ that gifts to its denomination have increased by more than $1.2 million in 2007 since its controversial resolution in support of same-sex marriage.

“When churches accept risk and still step out into courage, they discover new joys in their life together. The United Church of Christ has taken public prophetic stands that are controversial and the denomination thrives. In 2005, when the General Synod passed a resolution supporting marriage equality, some people predicted the precipitous decline of the church. In 2007, however, church members affirmed their commitment to the shared ministries of the UCC tangibly: by increasing their financial support of the UCC.”
— Roundtable member the Rev. Ruth Garwood (pictured), executive director of the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

[ Read the full statement ]


 

Task Force mourns death of ACLU’s Marvin Johnson

The Task Force mourns the death of Marvin Johnson, American Civil Liberties Union counsel who died late last week of complications from diabetes. Prior to joining the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office in 2000, Johnson served as executive director of the ACLU of Wyoming.

One of Johnson’s final legislative accomplishments was leading a bipartisan group to defeat the grassroots lobby provisions of a lobby reform bill that would have prevented Americans from expressing their views to members of Congress. He also authored two reports on the dangers of domestic spying by federal law enforcement. Johnson was the executive director of the ACLU’s Wyoming chapter during the Matthew Shepard tragedy and led the Wyoming LGBT and civil liberties communities during that difficult time. He is survived by life partner Billie Ruth Edwards.

[ Learn more about Johnson’s legacy ]


 

Did you hear the one about...

What do the iconic John Waters (pictured), Debbie Harry and the fabulous Miss Guy, New York’s new Gov. David Paterson and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce have in common? This eclectic group will be featured at the 2008 New York Leadership Awards on April 7 at the beautiful New York Times Center in midtown Manhattan.

We’re offering a range of ticket prices, from VIP to general admission to the new $150 tickets for cocktails and standing-room-only view of the program. Don’t miss this great evening benefiting the work of the Task Force!

[ Get details and purchase tickets ]


 

Task Force co-sponsors Saturday’s Dancing at the Intersections

The Task Force is co-sponsoring KhushDC’s second annual Women’s History Month event, Dancing at the Intersections: Understanding Gender Variance in S. Asian LGBTQ Communities, this Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Guests are invited to participate in a conversation about gender, gender identity and gender expression. In addition, there will be a stellar gathering of poets, performers, dancers, activists and scholars from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and other South Asian countries for an open conversation, sharing of stories and performances. There’s also a dinner and dance party.

[ Get full details and purchase tickets ]


 

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