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How will the election affect sexual and reproductive rights? More equality or more discrimination?

Date: 
November 10, 2006

Interactive map with state-by-state rankings to be released today

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

AUDIO PRESS CONFERENCE – With Online Component

Friday, November 10
2 P.M. Eastern Time
Toll-free dial-in number:  800.946.0742 – Password:  Mapping
To reserve a line and get log-on details, please call Nancy Bennett, 800.834.1110

Get an up-to-date analysis of how the election affected the sexual and reproductive rights landscape.  A partnership of Ipas, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective will release a newly updated Mapping Our Rights: Navigating Discrimination against Women, Men and Families, an easy-to-use innovative interactive map – with state-by-state rankings – including information on the 32 new bills restricting sexual and reproductive rights passed in state houses around the country in the last six months.

The map and updated rankings will provide important information for analysts and activists on the impact of policies restricting your ability to live a healthy life, to select an intimate partner, to get married and raise a family.  More than ever, these rights often depend simply on where you live.

Speakers:   
• Matt Foreman , Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
• Leila Hessini, Senior Policy Advisor, Ipas
• Loretta Ross, National Coordinator, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
• Jason Cianciotto, Research Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute

View an embargoed version of Mapping Our Rights: Navigating Discrimination against Women, Men and Families, at www.mappingourrights.org

Ipas –  an international organization, headquartered in North Carolina, working to promote and advance women’s reproductive and sexual rights and access to comprehensive health services, including safe abortion care.  National Gay and Lesbian Task Force  –  founded in 1973, the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization. Its mission is to advance full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by building political power from the ground up.  SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective –  76 local, regional and national grassroots organizations and more than 400 individuals who support educating indigenous women and women of color on reproductive and sexual health and rights and working toward access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health services, information and resources.

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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.