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The Task Force was on hand when Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the marriage equality bill. Pending Congress' 30-day review (with a decision not to intervene), D.C. will join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire in extending full marriage equality to same-sex couples.
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The Task Force is psyched to be heading for Dallas for the 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. We know this will be an awesome conference, deep in the heart of Texas. (And be sure to come expecting to be treated to real Texas hospitality!) We have an outstanding Host Committee, chaired by four hard-working local community leaders. Pictured from left to right are Lovely Murrell, Marlene Browning, Henry Ramirez III and Beau G. Heyen. You won't get to meet them if you're not at Creating Change, so get yourself registered now! See you in Dallas!

13 Years Ago: January 1997
On the occasion of Bill Clinton's 1997 inaugural address, then-Task Force Executive Director Kerry Lobel said: "History is not the president's to make alone. History is written by all Americans each day, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Whether through apathy or activism, the LGBT community has a vital role in the countdown to the new century. It is up to each of us, individually and collectively, to decide whether we will merely read the history that will be written or whether we, LGBT people, will mold the events that are the raw material of history."

Households all over the country will soon receive copies of the 2010 U.S. census to fill out, but it's missing something critical: There's no question on it that asks if you're lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. LGBT people are basically invisible in the survey that's supposed to reflect the diversity of our country's population — and that's a big problem. Join us in telling the Census Bureau we're here, we're queer and we count! The Task Force is giving away free Queer the Census stickers, so seal your envelope with the sticker and start Queering the Census.
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