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We know that November seems years away right now, but it'll be here before you know it. (And there are local elections and primaries before November!) The right is strong, mobilized, and ready to try to reverse all the progress we've made on every issue from marriage equality to women's health care. The most powerful weapon in our fight against the right is voting, and you can't vote if you're not registered. It's super easy, and you can even register online right here. Be sure to ask your friends and family if they're all registered, too. Then pledge to vote on November 6!

Earlier this month the U. S. Senate voted to table the Blunt Amendment, a measure that many people considered to be unnecessary, and essentially a right-wing, radical assault on women's health care. This amendment would have allowed any employer, religious or not, to refuse to provide any health care services if they decided they were "morally unacceptable." We're glad that the Senate wisely rejected this controversial and dangerous amendment.

Sharon Moore is one of our Change Agents, a monthly giver, and she attended our recent Creating Change Conference. She donates to the Task Force because she feels that "Over the years, the Task Force has evolved along with the many needs of our complex community. As the struggle for QTLGB rights intensifies, the Task Force opens the conversations on what is the priority...While there is always room to debate what is 'most' important, the Task Force works to hear all the issues and respond." Thanks Sharon, we couldn't have said it better ourselves.

100 Years Ago March 1912
One of the most unsung leaders in the struggle for equality is Bayard Rustin, called the "lost prophet" of the civil rights movement by historian John D'Emilio. Born on March 12, 1912, Rustin is probably best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and he brought Gandhi's non-violent protest techniques to the American civil rights movement. As an openly gay man in a largely homophobic time, Rustin experienced anti-gay and racial discrimination. His work is especially important because he truly joined together the struggle for civil rights and LGBT rights. During this 100th anniversary year, you can attend a variety of events, including screenings of the award-winning documentary about Rustin, Brother Outsider.
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March 2012

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