Julian Bond, national civil rights leader, to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community

November 02, 2006

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

NAACP chairman to be honored by Task Force on Nov. 4 in Miami for support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights 

“We know there was a time, not so long ago, when black people in this country couldn’t marry the person of their choice either. That’s why when I am asked, ‘Are gay rights civil rights?’ my answer is always, ‘Of course they are.’”

— Julian Bond, November 20, 2005

Media Availability:
NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman
from 6:30–7PM. Call media contacts above for interview.

Miami Recognition Award Ceremony, recognizing leaders who work to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights through the democratic process.

Keynote speaker: Julian Bond, NAACP chairman and longtime civil rights leader. Bond is currently a distinguished professor-in-residence at American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor of history at the University of Virginia.

Presenter: Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, chair of the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition, is a civil liberties and voting rights activist and a leader in Miami’s Latino community. She appears weekly on CNN’s Saturday morning segment Legal Briefs.

Other awardees: Robert (Bob) Cole, advocate for the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities, to be honored with the Miami Herald Humanitarian Award, and TWN, South Florida’s LGBT community newspaper, to receive the Community Service Award.

Introduction: Matt Foreman, executive director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Saturday, Nov. 4, Julian Bond’s address is at 9:30PM
Reception and Silent Auction   7–9PM
Dinner and Awards Program    9–10:30PM

Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Fla.
General admission, $190; VIP tickets, $300
(Media invited; press credentials required)

On the eve of critical midterm elections, Julian Bond, longtime civil rights leader and NAACP chairman, will address a gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders in Miami. In the face of a contentious and prolonged national debate over equal rights for LGBT people, Bond has taken an unequivocal position: “…when I am asked, ‘Are gay rights civil rights?’ my answer is always, ‘Of course.’” Bond will be honored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the country’s oldest LGBT advocacy organization, for his outstanding and courageous support of LGBT rights. As a national civil rights leader, his contribution to the current struggle for equality stands as a beacon of hope in a time when few have shown the courage to face down anti-gay political and religious leaders who malign lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens for political gain.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.