National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
May 27, 2008

In the News:

Faith leaders to gather for Many Stories, One Voice
Task Force extends thoughts and prayers
      to Sen. Edward Kennedy
Action Fund applauds passage of domestic partner
      ordinance in Miami-Dade
Basic Rights Montgomery seeks campaign manager
Pride season now under way!
Check out media highlights in Task Force in the News


 

Faith leaders to gather for Many Stories, One Voice

“Today, too many people think Christian equals obsession with hating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Too many people hear preachers talking about ‘homosexuals’ causing Hurricane Katrina and all other sorts of natural disasters. But the Christian gospel and the ministry of Jesus are all about justice and healing and hope.”
— Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Task Force Institute for Welcoming Resources and Faith Work Director


Planning is well under way for Many Stories, One Voice, the premier gathering of pro-LGBT Christians, which will be held Sept. 4–7 in New Orleans, La. The conference provides a rare opportunity for pro-LGBT Christians to build relationships and offers rich Bible study, challenging and profound worship and praise, concrete skills-building, strategic action and reflective and incisive theological analysis. Many Stories, One Voice is being convened by the Task Force, in partnership with more than 30 pro-LGBT Christian organizations representing progressive, moderate and conservative traditions.

[ Read the press release ]
[ Learn more about the conference ]


 

Task Force extends thoughts and prayers to Sen. Edward Kennedy

U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last week. Kennedy, 76, has served in the U.S. Senate since 1962.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Senator Kennedy’s diagnosis. The senator is a hero to people across the country and around the world. ... Senator Kennedy has been a courageous advocate on behalf of so many and will no doubt bring this same fighting spirit to this latest challenge.”
— Rea Carey, Task Force Acting Executive Director

[ Read the full statement ]


 

Action Fund applauds passage of domestic partner ordinance in Miami-Dade

The Task Force Action Fund applauds the Miami-Dade County Commission’s passage last week of the Domestic Partners and Family Health Coverage Ordinance. This law, and others like it throughout the state, may be in jeopardy if Amendment 2, which seeks to preclude the recognition of various family relationships, passes in November.

“Local governments continue to lead the way in Florida in securing the protections their communities need and deserve, even as opponents of LGBT equality continue their efforts to pass Amendment 2. ... Let the hard work and unflinching progress of Miami-Dade County remind us all why it is so important that we are working together to defeat this mean-spirited amendment this November.”
— Rea Carey, Task Force Acting Executive Director

[ Read the full statement ]


 

Basic Rights Montgomery seeks campaign manager

The Task Force Action Fund has been hard at work in Montgomery County, Md., in an effort to defeat a potential anti-transgender ballot measure. Earlier this month, the Action Fund contributed $20,000 to Basic Rights Montgomery, the campaign that it helped set up in Maryland. That campaign is now looking for a campaign manager. Click here to find out if you're a qualified candidate, and to learn how to apply.


 

Pride season now under way!

Pride season kicked off this weekend in our nation’s capital with DC Black Pride. More than 2,000 attendees turned out for the Sunday festival, including many Task Force supporters.

From signing up people for our e-mail newsletter to educating participants about Creating Change, Task Force staff, law fellows, interns and volunteers encouraged people to take action. No matter where folks were at the festival, they could spot a sea of pink and purple Task Force fans waving in the air with pride. The next stop for the Task Force will be Motor City Pride in Ferndale, Mich., on June 1. If you’re there, please visit the Task Force booth and say hello!

Photo: DC Black Pride participants sport the ever-popular Task Force “Power is Sexy” stickers. Credit: David Mariner


 

Check out media highlights in Task Force in the News

Read the latest media coverage about the work of the Task Force. This edition includes stories related to the landmark California Supreme Court ruling granting the freedom to marry to same-sex couples and U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy’s brain tumor diagnosis.

[ Read Task Force in the News ]


 

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