NGLTF Adopts New Mission Statements; New Board Co-Chairs And Members Named

September 23, 1997

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) today announced the adoption of a new mission and vision statement. In addition, the organization announced the election of new board co-chairs and the appointment of three new members to its board of directors.

At a September 13 meeting, the board adopted new language for its mission and vision statements. The newly approved mission statement reads:

"The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force works to eliminate prejudice, violence and injustice against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people at the local, state and national level."

The language in the new vision statement reads:

"As part of a broader social justice movement for freedom, justice and equality, we are creating a world that respects and celebrates the diversity of human expression and identity and where all people may fully participate in society."

"Our revised mission statement is the result of discussions by our board and staff to add clarity to our work," said Kerry Lobel, executive director of the NGLTF. "As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, our future is closely linked to other movements for social justice. We have recommitted ourselves to that important work."

The new co-chairs of the NGLTF board of directors are Rachel Rosen of New Mexico and Joe Hall of Nebraska. They will both serve a two-year term. Rosen, a retired scrap metals dealer and CFO of Knox Metals Corporation is very active in the GLBT community in New Mexico. She also serves on the board of the Human Rights Election Fund of New Mexico. She has served on the NGLTF board of directors since April, 1996. Hall is the executive director of Nebraska AIDS Project in Omaha. He has served on the board since January, 1996.

Appointed to the board at the September meeting were Arturo (Art) Nava, an engineer from Boston; Lynn Cothren, an aide to Coretta Scott King in Atlanta; and Lani Ka'ahumanu, an AIDS educator in San Francisco. All three new members have had a long-standing history of activism in the GLBT community. Nava was the first elected national co-president of the Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay United Employees at AT&T (LEAGUE). He served a two-year term from 1992 through 1994. Cothren, a Tennessee native, has performed nearly all his activist work in Atlanta. He has been a special assistant to Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Founder of the King Center in Atlanta, since 1982. He has also worked with many GLBT organizations in Atlanta as an advisor, member of the board of directors or volunteer. Ka'ahumanu is a Community Education Coordinator at the Marin AIDS Project in San Francisco. She has been a bisexual grassroots and national organizer for over 30 years, and is the co-editor of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out (Alyson, 1991).


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.