National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
January 15, 2009

In the News:

Task Force applauds selection of Bishop Gene Robinson
      to deliver prayer at inauguration’s opening ceremony
Call to action on HIV/AIDS at Creating Change
Celebrate a new political era at these inauguration events
New York Leadership Awards kickoff on Jan. 22


 

Task Force applauds selection of Bishop Gene Robinson to deliver prayer at inauguration’s opening ceremony

The Task Force applauded the selection of the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, bishop of the New Hampshire diocese of the U.S. Episcopal Church, to deliver the invocation at the inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday. Robinson, the first openly gay man to be named a bishop in the Anglican Communion, received a Task Force Leadership Award in 2004 for his outstanding service to the faith and LGBT communities. He was also a keynote speaker at the 2008 National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change (pictured).

“President-elect Obama has made a stellar choice in selecting Bishop Gene Robinson to offer the prayer at the Lincoln Memorial to kick off the inaugural festivities. Bishop Robinson is an inspiration to millions worldwide because he lives out the ideals of courage, humility and truth speaking. This is certainly a good sign that our nation is indeed moving forward.” — Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey

[ Read the full statement ]


 

Call to action on HIV/AIDS at Creating Change

On the heels of the presidential inauguration, leaders in the HIV/AIDS arena will address the AIDS crisis at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Denver, Colo., Jan. 28–Feb. 1. LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS advocates will use the conference as a platform to call on the new administration to develop and implement a National AIDS Strategy.

A special plenary session will focus on the impact of HIV/AIDS in communities of color. Marjorie Hill, chief executive officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City, will moderate the discussion on Saturday, Jan. 31, that will include David Ernesto Munar, vice president of the Chicago AIDS Foundation; Kenyon Farrow, a Policy Institute fellow at the Task Force; and Bishop Yvette Flunder, founder and senior pastor of City of Refuge Church in San Francisco, and executive director of the Ark of Refuge, Inc., a nonprofit agency providing services to people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Related workshops will focus on the worsening of the epidemic within the LGBT community; how to protect funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and care; and how to mobilize a national response to HIV specifically among black gay men.

[ Read the full release ]
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Celebrate a new political era at these inauguration events

The Task Force Action Fund is co-sponsoring a number of the inauguration festivities in the nation’s capital. They include the People’s Inaugural LGBT GAYLA on Jan. 18; a special inaugural party night at Halo Lounge on Jan. 19; and Out for Equality, an LGBT community celebration, on Jan. 20.

In Denver, Colo., Babes Around Denver, Hip Chicks Out, Tatiana and Hamburger Mary’s are hosting a Jan. 20 inauguration party, with all proceeds being donated to the Task Force. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. If you’re in Denver, head over to Hamburger Mary’s in Club M at 17th and Clarkson to usher in a new era and support the work of the Task Force! Get more details.

And, there’s more to the inauguration than parties. If you want to make a difference, check out Renew America Together, a national organizing effort launching on Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 19. The program is President-elect Obama’s call to service to people across the country. It’s not just about stepping up to serve for a single day, but rather to make a continued commitment to serving our communities throughout the year.



 

New York Leadership Awards kickoff on Jan. 22

Join us Thursday, Jan. 22, from 7–9 p.m. at Design Within Reach, 408 West 14th Street in New York City, for smart cocktails and clever conversation at the New York Leadership Awards kickoff. Hear about our work in California from staff who spent months on the ground and find out how you can support the important work of the Task Force as a contributor to the Leadership Awards. If you can’t make it, don’t forget to save the date for the 2009 New York Leadership Awards on Monday, April 6! To RSVP or for more information, contact Janice Thom, director of special events, at jthom@theTaskForce.org or 646.358.1467.


 

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