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First Ever Transgender Cast Performance of ‘Vagina Monologues’ to Benefit National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Date: 
January 15, 2004

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

In cooperation with playwright Eve Ensler and under the auspices of Jane Fonda, Deep Stealth Productions, Inc. and the GenderMedia Foundation will stage a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA on February 21, 2004. Featuring a cast of notable transgender women from around the world, this first-of-its-kind event will debut an Ensler-penned monologue reflecting the experience of transgender women written especially for the event.

This one-night-only event will benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (www.TheTaskForce.org) and the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (www.lacaaw.org). The all-transgender cast features women who have made notable contributions to art, science, literature and entertainment, including Lynn Conway (co-inventor of original microchip technology), Calpernia Addams (author and actress whose life story was portrayed in the Showtime movie "Soldier's Girl"), and many others.

"We are deeply honored that Deep Stealth Productions and the GenderMedia Foundation have chosen the Task Force as a beneficiary of this historic performance of The Vagina Monologues," said National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman. "Fighting for complete equality for transgender people is one of our core values and we are proud to be a part of this cutting edge production."

What: The Vagina Monologues - transgender cast benefit performance
When: Saturday, February 21, 2004, 5-9pm
Where: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Who: Calpernia Addams, Lynn Conway and others. Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda are scheduled to attend.
Tickets: $50-$1,000 (sponsorship levels include advertisements and VIP receptions)

More Info: Contact Deep Stealth Productions for tickets and more information, 323.481.9012 or log on to http://www.deepstealth.com/vday.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is home to the Transgender Civil Rights Project which provides legislative and strategy assistance, including evaluation of legislative language, to activists and organizations working to pass trans-inclusive anti-discrimination bills or to add transgender protections to existing laws.

Deep Stealth Productions, Inc. is dedicated to working for positive media portrayals of transgender people by providing education, information and support to other media outlets, by supporting transgender artists and the community at large, and by producing original media. The GenderMedia Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to encouraging transgender artists and producers. Helmed by Andrea James and Calpernia Addams, these companies are moving transgender acceptance and appreciation forward through the beauty of art and entertainment.

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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.