National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
February 18, 2009

In the News:

Pass the Uniting American Families Act
Time for transACTION
Commentary: Making faith environments transgender-friendly
Thoughts about the Winter Party Festival? Share ’em
Tickets on sale for New York Leadership Awards
Creating Change attracts ample media attention


 

Pass the Uniting American Families Act

The Task Force Action Fund is calling for swift passage of the Uniting American Families Act, which would grant binational same-sex couples equal treatment under immigration laws by allowing them to sponsor their partner for immigration purposes.

“U.S. immigration policy is supposed to be based on the principle of bringing and keeping families together. But for far too long, thousands of binational same-sex couples and their families have been kept separated, or are forced to live in exile. This discriminatory practice is painfully unfair and inhumane.”
Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey

[ Read the full statement ]


 

Time for transACTION

In an effort to assist religious institutions in becoming more welcoming of transgender people, the Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR) just released a new resource, transACTION.

“Too often transgender people looking for a place to worship can’t find one to call their spiritual home because most congregations and religious institutions are not ready to welcome them as their companions in faith. Yet, many transgender people of faith are searching for the same things that other believers want: a loving community where worship and working for equality and justice are the focus of their faith experience.”
Rev. Rebecca Voelkel of the Institute for Welcoming Resources

[ Learn more ]
[ Download the materials ]


 

Commentary: Making faith environments transgender-friendly

Task Force IWR and Faith Work Associate Barbara Satin, author of transACTION, reflects on the importance of creating welcoming environments for transgender people at religious institutions.

“As a transgender Christian who has visited numerous churches throughout the country, I know firsthand the need to make religious institutions welcoming and affirming of transgender people but have seen time and time again that the congregational-based resources are not there yet,” she writes.

[ Read the full commentary ]


 

Thoughts about the Winter Party Festival? Share ’em

The Task Force is working hard to continue making the Winter Party Festival, held each winter in South Beach, Fla., a premier, must-attend event. How will we do that? This is where you come in. As a supporter of the Task Force, we need your input. We want to know what would inspire you to attend the Winter Party Festival, why you do not attend and what you think a great LGBT festival should look like. Please take a moment and share your thoughts.

[ Take the survey ]


 

Tickets on sale for New York Leadership Awards

We happen to love New York! We bet you do, too. Join us on Monday, April 6, for the 2009 New York Leadership Awards at New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life. We’re honoring designer John Bartlett of Liz Claiborne Men. Smart cocktails, scintillating conversation and an opportunity to support the work of the Task Force. Go to www.theTaskForce.org/nyla to buy your tickets, become a sponsor and get involved with a fabulous, fashionable evening.

[ Get full details and purchase tickets ]


 

Creating Change attracts ample media attention

Our recent Creating Change conference garnered widespread media coverage, including four Denver Post stories, three Associated Press stories and significant coverage in numerous other media outlets. Other highlights during this period include a cover spread in Metro Weekly featuring Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey and Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper.

[ Check out these and other media highlights here ]
[ Watch video excerpts of Rea Carey’s State of the Movement address ]


 

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