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Task Force Condemns Anti-Gay Ads

Date: 
July 14, 1998

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) today sharply criticized the latest attack by right-wing groups against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. This week, right wing groups have full page newspaper advertisements featuring individuals who claim to have "converted" from homosexuality.

"We are not fooled by this 'kinder, gentler' bigotry. This is not about religion and healing. It's about politics and intolerance," stated Rebecca Isaacs, NGLTF political director. "The ad states the truth will set you free. We agree, and we think it's time the Christian Coalition and these other anti-gay groups start paying attention to the truth. The truth is homosexuality is not the problem; bigotry and the discrimination and violence it fosters are the problem." added Isaacs.

In the advertising campaign this week, right wing groups such as the Christian Coalition, Family Research Council and Concerned Women of America have paid for full-page advertisements in the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. The ads claim that "homosexuals can change." According the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the premise of the "ex-gay" movement has been repeatedly negated by organizations such as the American Psychological Association.

This slick packaging of politicians like Trent Lott and celebrities such as Reggie White and the Winan sisters is transparently political. It's a campaign to raise money and mobilize their voters by appealing to and fostering anti-gay zealotry," said Isaacs. "We believe this tactic will ultimately backfire and be rejected by the American public," added Isaacs.

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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.