National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
November 12, 2008

Election 2008 Special Edition

Turn anger into action!
Action Fund responds to the election of Barack Obama
Gains and losses on key contests impacting
      LGBT people nationwide
Keeping the faith
Outspoken Blog: A racial justice call to action


 

Turn anger into action!

Many people are angry and upset about the passage of Proposition 8 in California. The Task Force Action Fund is urging people to channel this anger into action by signing our Anger into Action Declaration right now. This declaration helps show wide public support for the fundamental rights of LGBT people.

“We will not give into our anger, and we will not unfairly lay blame for Prop. 8 passing. Instead, we are committed to channeling our energies into bringing about more positive change.”
Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey

After you’ve signed the declaration, be sure to share it with your friends and family, post to your Facebook page, and get the word out.

[ Sign the Anger into Action Declaration ]
[ Read our press release about Prop. 8 ]


 

Action Fund responds to the election of Barack Obama

“This is the dawn of a new political era of hope and engagement in the life of this country. A new administration brings a promise for a sea change in the tenor of the national dialogue on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.”
Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey

The Task Force Action Fund will be working with the new administration and new Congress to advance several initiatives of particular relevance to LGBT people, including the passage of a strengthened and expanded federal hate crimes law, passage of an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Action Fund will also work to ensure that LGBT people are included in discussions about economic policies, health care and other major initiatives to be taken up in the next administration.

[ Learn more here ]


 

Gains and losses on key contests impacting LGBT people nationwide

Election 2008 results in presidential, congressional and state legislative races may bode well for advancing issues of particular relevance to LGBT people throughout the United States. Outcomes from some key contests will lead to gains in LGBT rights, reproductive freedoms and other issues. Statewide ballot initiative results on marriage, adoption/foster care, reproductive rights, immigration and affirmative action were mixed, however.

[ Get all the details ]


 

Keeping the faith

Members of the Task Force’s National Religious Leadership Roundtable are urging people to keep the faith despite the election outcome.

“We express our solidarity, the assurance that we are not alone, acknowledge the significant progress made in spite of the results, and the good news of God’s presence with us, especially as we seek to move forward from this place.”
The Revs. Ruth Garwood and Mike Schuenemeyer, National Religious Leadership Roundtable Members

[ Read the full Article of Faith ]


 

Outspoken Blog: A racial justice call to action

After the passage of Proposition 8, some focused on the voting patterns of African-American voters in California and the election outcome. People should shun the blame game, write Task Force staffers Sue Hyde and Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, and instead heed a “racial justice call to action.”

“How can we actively build trust and relationships so that people of color are assured that we will stand with them on racial justice issues as we ask them to stand with us on LGBT issues?” they write.

[ Read and respond to the full blog entry ]


 

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