A Day to Give Thanks, Indeed!

November 24, 2004

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

A Message from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Dear members of the Task Force family,

This Thanksgiving, let's all take a moment to remember, cherish, and give thanks to:

The tens of thousands of volunteers and staff who worked so hard and gave so much for so many months to defeat the amendments and to elect pro-LGBT candidates to office.

The 6.5 million non-gay people who voted against anti-marriage amendments on the ballot in 11 states on November 2.

The elected officials with the decency and integrity to vote against or block anti-LGBT legislation during the last year.

All those who have served all of us through their work in LGBT community centers, state and local political advocacy organizations, and in our community's anti-violence, HIV prevention, substance abuse, youth, and senior programs.

Our non-gay family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors who supported us and our causes with words, love, time, and money.

The thousands of individuals and couples who have pressed forward in the courts seeking redress from injustice, including those seeking marriage equality, and the legal advocacy organizations supporting them.

The hundreds of members of the clergy who spoke out against anti-gay bigotry disguised as deeply held religious beliefs.

The victims of discrimination and hate violence who were able to speak publicly about their experiences and to all those who counseled, comforted and advocated for them.

And perhaps most of all, for the blessing - however bestowed - of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Matt Foreman
Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


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.