Community Speak Out - How Pres. Bush's proposal to privatize Social Security will hurt LGBT people

April 05, 2005

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications


National and NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Activists Speak Out

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Senior Strategist Amber Hollibaugh to Join Panel

WHAT: DEFUNDING OUR LIVES: the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community and the Privatization of Social Security and the Federal Tax Cuts
WHO: Carmen Vasquez, Deputy Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda
Amber Hollibaugh, Senior Strategist, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Board of Directors, Queers for Economic Justice
Sheila Stowell, Board of Directors, Audre Lorde Project
David Kallick, Senior Fellow, Fiscal Policy Institute
Abby Ellenberger, UNITE!
Michelle Eichorn, Director, the Neutral Zone

Miriam Yeung
, Director, Public Policy & Governmental Relations, LGBT Community Center

This event is organized by Queers for Economic Justice and co-sponsored by the Audre Lorde Project, the Empire State Pride Agenda, the LGBT Community Center, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 6th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m
WHERE: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
208 W. 13th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave.)
WHY: Until this unprecedented forum, LGBT lives and voices have been absent from the roiling national debate on social security and tax cuts. The forum will address the unique challenges that privatization and tax cuts pose to the community, which is less likely to have family to depend on for support and is more likely to age alone.

Queers for Economic Justice is a progressive non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation. Our goal is to challenge and change the systems that create poverty and economic injustice in our communities, and to promote an economic system that embraces sexual and gender diversity. We are committed to the principle that access to social and economic resources is a fundamental right, and we work to create social and economic equity through grassroots organizing, public education, advocacy and research. We do this work because although poor queers have always been a part of both the gay rights and economic justice movements, they have been, and continue to be, largely invisible in both movements. This work will always be informed by the lived experiences and expressed needs of queer people in poverty.


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.