National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
June 18, 2008

In the News:

Task Force donates $180,000 to Dade Community Foundation
Task Force sends well wishes to newlyweds
Bearing witness to a historic moment
Taking the pulpit to pride
Nationwide Pride
Check out media highlights in Task Force in the News


 

Task Force donates $180,000 to Dade Community Foundation

The Task Force announced at a Coconut Grove reception last week that $200,000 from the 11th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner and the 2008 Winter Party Festival will benefit the local Miami LGBT community. Of that amount, $180,000 will be granted to Dade Community Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund to be disbursed to local organizations providing critical services to LGBT people. The remaining $20,000 will be used to conduct a long-term strategic planning process for the future of the Winter Party Festival.

Photo: Task Force Movement Building Director Russell Roybal presents a ceremonial check to Dade Community Foundation’s Ruth Shack.


 

Task Force sends well wishes to newlyweds

The Task Force sends its best wishes to all the same-sex couples who are getting married in California. Same-sex couples were able to begin legally marrying in that state late Monday afternoon.

“From Sonoma to San Francisco to San Diego, these loving couples, their families and friends are participating in a poignant and time-honored tradition. This is a momentous time not only for these couples, but for California and the entire country as well.”
— Task Force Acting Executive Director Rea Carey

Photo: The Task Force’s Sarah E. Reece & Kathleen Campisano apply for their marriage license on June 17 in Los Angeles.

[ Read our full statement ]


 

Bearing witness to a historic moment

“I had been waiting for this moment with baited breath. Now that it was happening, it felt somewhat surreal. Another colleague, Jaan, best summed it up: ‘We’ve just landed on the moon.’ Like the famed lunar landing of Apollo 11 in 1969, we were bearing witness to a great historic moment. We were also discovering an expanded terrain of hope and possibility for the LGBT community.”
Task Force Organizing & Training Director Dan Hawes, who was in California as same-sex marriage became legal.

[ Read the full OutSpoken Blog post ]


 

Taking the pulpit to pride

“Inevitably, the religious contingent is placed behind a local bar’s float that is playing fun, danceable music with beautiful men and women frolicking with obvious joy. When we approach, our a cappella singing of ‘Jesus Loves Me, This I Know,’ or our chanting of ‘Two, Four, Six, Eight, God does not discriminate,’ seems to pale in comparison. But the joy and power of our presence is no less revolutionary.”
Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, National Religious Leadership Roundtable

[ Read the full Article of Faith ]


 

Nationwide Pride

This past weekend the Task Force participated in Capital Pride, right on Pennsylvania Avenue! We made our mark on D.C.’s community by painting the town pink and purple. Our volunteers were out in full force and made it known that “Power is SEXY” and “Action Is HOT.” The Task Force survived the heat and looks forward to the upcoming prides in Denver, San Francisco and San Diego!

Photo: Folks enjoy Capital Pride.



 

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 California Supreme Court’s landmark marriage decision, the appointment of Task Force Action Fund Public Policy & Government Affairs Director Dave Noble to Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and news from the states where the Task Force has partnered with local groups to create change. Read all that and more!

[ Read Task Force in the News ]


 

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