Task Force Celebrates 15th Annual Leadership Awards in Los Angeles

September 15, 2004

Greg Berlanti, Sylvia Guerrero and POWER UP to be honored at October 3 event

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

Every year, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leadership Awards (named Honoring Our Allies until 2001) pay tribute to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community leaders, allies and groups who fight for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through their leadership, advocacy and action. This year’s Los Angeles event will take place on Sunday, October 3 at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood. The honorees are Greg Berlanti, Sylvia Guerrero and POWER UP.

There will be a special performance by award-winning saxophonist Dave Koz.

Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman said, “Although our event takes place this year at the Silent Movie Theatre, our Leadership Award honorees are shining examples of people raising their voices for equality. Greg Berlanti, whose work eloquently illustrates the lives of LGBT people, POWER UP powerfully supporting lesbian visibility in entertainment and Sylvia Guerrero's heartfelt response in the wake of the tragic murder of her daughter, Gwen Araujo, make them incredible role models for our community and we are proud to honor them at this event.”

Greg Berlanti

Writer/director of film The Broken Hearts Club and writer/executive producer of hit televisions shows Everwood and Dawson's Creek.

Sylvia Guerrero

Outspoken advocate for transgender rights and mother of transgender youth Gwen Araujo who was brutally murdered by four young men after discovering she was born biologically male.


An organization founded in 2000 with the specific purpose of promoting the visibility and integration of lesbians in entertainment, the arts and all forms of media.

Sunday, October 3, 2004

Silent Movie Theatre
611 North Fairfax Ave

Hollywood, CA 90036

VIP Reception - 5 pm
General Reception and Silent Auction - 6 pm
Awards Presentation - 7 pm

Event will include an hors d’oeuvres reception and hosted bar sponsored by Smirnoff.

VIP tickets - $250 each

General admission tickets - $125 each

Past Leadership Award recipients include Rosie & Kelli O’Donnell, former South African President Nelson Mandela, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Senator Ted Kennedy, former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, D.C. Black Pride, transgender activist Earline Budd, film producer Bruce Cohen, actors Wilson Cruz, Alec Mapa and Mathew St. Patrick, comedian Margaret Cho, and The Indigo Girls, to name only a few.

The Task Force Leadership Awards take place in New York City (March), Washington, D.C. (May), Los Angeles (October), and Miami (November).

Tickets are selling fast. For more information or to purchase tickets, log on to the Task Force events page.

For event sponsorship opportunities, contact Task Force National Events Manager Clayton Yeung at (323) 857-8742 or via e-mail at


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.