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Board co-chair writes about the "power of one, power of many"
Another big success for the New Beginning Initiative

We've breathed new life into our annual Washington, D.C., event as Pink & Purple Weekend, and it's taking place next month from June 3–5. The weekend features an energizing and diverse lineup of events including a women's party, a skills-building training and the Recognition Awards Brunch. In case you don't live in the D.C. area, our official hotel is even offering a special weekend rate. Don't miss Pink & Purple Weekend!

Adrian Shanker is an openly gay appointed official in Allentown, Pa. He's also a Creating Change attendee and it was at this year's conference that he decided to become a Task Force monthly donor, a.k.a. "Change Agent." Adrian said he did it because he "wants to do his part, even if only in small numbers, to help sustain the most effective LGBT political organization." Thanks, Adrian! (You can become a Change Agent too; it's quick and easy!)

38 Years Ago 
You may have seen a lot of blogs and newspapers mentioning the death of Dr. Alfred Freedman last month. This is because Freedman was president of the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 when that group took the historic step declaring that homosexuality was not a mental illness. Our own Sue Hyde talked with the New York Times about Freedman and the impact of this incredibly important milestone in LGBT history.

We're quickly approaching what would have been Harvey Milk's 80th birthday on May 22, and now we have a great way to honor his legacy and celebrate his many contributions to the LGBT community and the nation — through a commemorative postage stamp. Milk was one of the first openly gay men elected to public office in the country, and he inspired a whole generation of activists. Act now to help create the Harvey Milk stamp.
Traveling? Collect your own miles while helping the Task Force! When making a reservation on AA.com/rainbow or with a travel agent, give them our Business ExtrAA account number, 527583, and earn valuable points for the Task Force. Plus, you'll still earn your own miles.

May 2011

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