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Historic Invitation for LGBT Community Participation - 40th Anniversary of March on Washington

Date: 
August 14, 2003

Task Force's Matt Foreman Invited to Speak; Bus Transportation Being Planned

Dear Friends:

Please forward this information to your family and friends.

Please join hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people at the 40th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech and civil rights rally.

This is the first time ever that the LGBT community has been invited to participate in the March and be represented at the rally, and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman has been invited to speak at the rally on behalf of the LGBT community.

The organizing committee currently has bus transportation lined up from Raleigh/Durham, New York City, and the Lehigh Valley.

The following is a list of planned events in Washington DC being coordinated by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Southerners on New Ground.

Thursday, August 21, 2003
7:00 pm - Queering the Color Lines: LGBT Communities of Color & Allies Organizing for Justice
Thurgood Marshall Center - 1812 12th Street, NW

Friday, August 22, 2003
"Brother Outsider-The Life of Bayard Rustin"
6:00 pm - Prescreening Reception with Cash Bar
7:00 pm- Movie Screening with Special Guests
John F. Kennedy Center-2700 F Street, NW
This is a free event, but you must reserve your seat at: RustinFilmTix@aol.com
(Sponsored by SONG, the Task Force, and HRC)

Saturday, August 23, 2003

6:00 am - Free Buses from New York City (call 212-604-9830 ext. 14 to reserve your seat)

12:30 pm - LGBT Contingent Meeting and March to Bayard Rustin Commemorative Rally
Northeast Corner of the Reflecting Pool (at Constitution Ave and 17th St, NW)

3:30pm - Civil Rights Rally, Lincoln Memorial

6:00 pm- Book Reading/Signing
"Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin" with author John D'Emilio
Lambda Rising Books-1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Host Hotel - Radisson Barcelo 2121 P St, NW . Washington, DC
202.293.3100 . Block is under "March on Washington"
Friday (8/22) and Saturday (8/23) at $89/night.

For questions or more information, email MOW2003@ngltf.org or go to the Task Force Web site
or the SONG Web site.

To download and distribute March on Washington flyers, or for more information on LGBT community participation in the March, log on to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force March on Washington Web page.

The official March on Washington Web site can be found at http://www.marchonwashington.org

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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.