National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Report from Creating Change

Saturday, February 9

Bishop V. Gene Robinson: ‘The jig is up’
Barbara Satin honored with Allan Morrow Community Service Award
Mandy Carter: Changing hearts and minds


 

Bishop V. Gene Robinson: ‘The jig is up’

Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the courageous and controversial openly gay Anglican leader from New Hampshire, sent a compelling message from the podium today when he called for an end to patriarchy, racism and the many other “isms,” and predicted that society would eventually see the “full inclusion of all of God’s people.”

“For a very, very long time, white, straight, educated, Western men have been making most of the decisions for the world, and you know what, the jig is up,” Robinson said during his keynote speech at the 20th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Detroit, Mich. Watch a video excerpt here.

In 2003, Robinson became the first openly gay man to be elected bishop in the Anglican Communion, attracting worldwide attention and prompting some leaders of the communion to sever relations with the Episcopal Church of the United States. In the face of all of this, he has repeatedly called for understanding, love and dialogue with his detractors, and he has become a symbol of the ongoing struggle to win full acceptance of LGBT people in communities of faith. Watch a video excerpt here.

Robinson left the audience with an optimistic message that our community will indeed overcome. Watch a video excerpt here.


 

Barbara Satin honored with Allan Morrow Community Service Award

Barbara Satin received the Allan Morrow Community Service Award today for outstanding leadership and advocacy related to aging and elder concerns. Satin is a transgender activist and founder of GLBT Generations, a Minneapolis-St. Paul group that educates the public about the needs and concerns of GLBT people as they grow old. The group has been a catalyst for the development in the Minneapolis area of a new 41-unit senior GLBT housing complex in conjunction with Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ, Satin’s church community.

The GLBT housing complex, called Spirit on Lake, breaks ground in spring 2008 and will open in 2009. Satin is an active leader of City of Lakes Crossgender Community, the largest transgender social support group in Minnesota, and is a member of the United Church of Christ Executive Council, having become the first transgender woman to hold a national leadership role in that denomination.

In accepting the $5,000 award, Satin talked about the struggle over an inclusive ENDA and the subsequent “outpouring of support to the transgender community.”

[ Watch a video excerpt here ]


 

Mandy Carter: Changing hearts and minds

Mandy Carter received the inaugural Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for longevity in the movement. Carter marks 40 years of working in multi-issue and multi-racial grassroots organizing.

She is a founding board member of the National Black Justice Coalition and was one of only two out gay and lesbian speakers (the other being Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman) at the rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the historic occasion of the 40th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. In 2005, she wrapped up a three-year term as the executive director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG), which was founded in 1993 at the Creating Change Conference in Durham, N.C. SONG integrates work against homophobia into freedom struggles in the South. In 1996, Carter was named one of Ms. Magazine’s Uppity Women for her work in North Carolina to unseat the stubbornly homophobic senator, Jesse Helms.

In accepting the $10,000 award today, Carter urged audience members to use their voices as tools for activism in order to change hearts and minds.

[ Watch a video excerpt here ]


 

All photos by andrewpotterphoto.com.

The Allan Morrow Community Service Award and 2008 Susan J. Hyde Activism Award were generously funded by the Anderson Prize Foundation, administered by Allen Schuh.

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