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Protest Pat Buchanan And The Gathering Forces Of The Right

Date: 
August 07, 1996

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Calls For An End To Scapegoating

Pat Buchanan, vocal anti-gay nemesis and a leading spokesperson of the Right, will be greeted by hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (lgbt) people at his alternative Convention address, Pat's Pitchfork Pass. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and LGBT VOICES '96, a local San Diego organization, are calling for a mass turn-out this Sunday in Escondido to protest Buchanan and the anti-democratic politics he represents. Gays remember well Buchanan's now infamous 1992 RNC speech in which he declared "cultural warfare" on numerous communities and deemed America "God's country."

NGLTF, the nation's oldest national gay and lesbian civil rights group, in San Diego during the RNC to address what it expects will be a repeat of the 1992 RNC attack of gay people and other minority communities, will focus its energies on Buchanan this Sunday as Buchanan embodies the GOP's shift to the Right. Arming protesters with placards calling for an end to the scapegoating of immigrants, people of color, the poor, and gays, lesbians bisexuals and transgenders, the Task Force aims to counter the Right's drive to merge church and state and destroy participatory democracy. To that end, some of the nation's most prominent gay rights leaders and pro-democracy activists will speak.

"The Right's drive for the merger of church and state has led the Republican-controlled Congress, under the banner of "Christian values," to oppose every form of pluralism and individual freedom and expression, which are the cornerstones of democracy," stated Suzanne Pharr of NGLTF and author and expert of the Right. "The continued movement of our country toward the right makes for a chilling moment in history. The tide must be turned. We must help people resist repression and work for democratic values," stated NGLTF executive director Melinda Paras.

WHAT:

PROTEST OF BUCHANAN AND THE RIGHT

WHEN:

Sunday, August 11, 1996 at 7pm

WHERE:

Escondido Arts Ctr; 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

WHO:

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force & LGBT Voices '96

SPEAKERS:

Melinda Paras, Suzanne Pharr, Martin
Ornelas, Mab Segrest, Urvashi Vaid

Protesters gather at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center 3916 Normal Street at 4:30pm to caravan to Escondido

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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.