Task Force Applauds Former President Carter
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has commended former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for a bold commentary in today's Los Angeles Times, saying that Carter "models the principled moral leadership that we should expect from those holding or seeking elected office."
In a letter to the former President sent today, Kerry Lobel, NGLTF Deputy Director, thanked Carter for "rejecting the politics of hate and discrimination that have marked the early weeks of the 1996 presidential season."
In his commentary, Carter said "we must make it clear that a platform of 'I hate gay men and women' is not a way to become president of the United States."
The full text of the letter follows, and is attributable to Kerry Lobel, Deputy Director, NGLTF.
Dear Mr. President:
On behalf of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and our 35,000 members, I want to thank you for your recent commentary in the Los Angeles Times.
We applaud you for modeling the principled moral leadership that we should expect from those holding or seeking elected office. By rejecting the politics of hate and discrimination that have marked the early weeks of the presidential season, you give us hope that other leaders will speak out about their vision for an inclusive America, one that cherishes freedom and opportunity for all.
We commend you for recognizing that there are some who would attempt to use old fears and prejudices to whip up homophobic, sexist and racist hatred. As you know, the myths, stereotypes and lies associated with this kind of legislation can cause harassment, intolerance, and even violence.
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.
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