Task Force Demonstrates Commitment to Miami-Dade
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Demonstrates Commitment to Miami-Dade
$150,000 Goes to Dade Community Foundation for GLBT Programs
Three Residents Appointed to National Board; Office Opened
Washington, May 18, 2005 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced today a number of steps as part of its long-term commitment to the Miami-Dade gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community, including contributing $150,000 to the Dade Community Foundation’s new GLBT Community Projects Fund, appointing three area leaders to its national board of directors, and opening and staffing a permanent office in Miami.
"Over the last three years, we have invested significant resources here because we know Miami-Dade is critical in the national struggle to win equal rights for gay people," said Matt Foreman, the Task Force's executive director. "The steps we are announcing today concretely demonstrate our continuing, long-term commitment to building community strength, and we look forward to working closely with Miami's leaders and organizations for years to come."
In 2002, the Task Force donated nearly $100,000 and brought more than 50 staff and volunteers to Miami-Dade to support the successful campaign to preserve Miami-Dade's nondiscrimination law. In 2003, the organization brought the Creating Change Conference, the GLBT movement's annual national conference to Miami Beach, and made a $50,000 grant to SAVE Dade to support voter identification work. Last year, it acquired the Winter Party and Fall Recognition Event from the now-defunct Gay & Lesbian Foundation of South Florida and pledged to return two-thirds of the proceeds from the events to the Miami-Dade GLBT community.
$150,000 Goes to Fund Local GLBT Organizations
A total of $150,000 has been transferred to the Dade Community Foundation to be distributed in grants to local GLBT organizations. Dade Community Foundation has created a GLBT Community Projects Fund and appointed a committee to review proposals and make recommendations for grant awards. The proposal process will start over the summer with grants expected to be made in the fall.
The Task Force's donation comes from the proceeds of last fall's annual Recognition Evening cocktail party and this year's Winter Party Festival. As noted above, the Task Force acquired the events last year and is committed to returning two-thirds of the proceeds from the events to the Miami-Dade GLBT community.
"We are thrilled that through the Task Force's leadership and commitment, this vital funding stream has been preserved and will continue to nurture our community well into the future," said Ruth Shack, president of the Dade Community Foundation.
Three Local Leaders Elected to National Board
Three local leaders — Michael Aller, David da Silva Cornell, and Dr. Hope Wine — have been elected to serve on the Task Force's national board of directors. Mr. Aller is tourism director and chief of protocol for the city of Miami Beach and also serves on the board of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Cornell practices corporate and international law and has been involved with both GLBT and Buddhist organizations and causes, including previous service on the board of the Victory Fund. Dr. Wine is a clinical psychologist and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University and on the board of Etz Chaim Synagogue in Fort Lauderdale and as a volunteer trainer for the Health Crisis Network.
New Office and Staff Member
The Task Force also has opened a permanent office on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, staffed by Michael Bath, who worked for many years in the marketing and communications field and was director of events for the now-defunct GaySouthFlorida. Prior to being appointed to the staff, he helped produce the 2005 Winter Party Festival, focusing on its newly added cultural events. In addition to representing the Task Force at local leadership meetings and community events, he will coordinate the production of the Recognition Dinner this fall and will be a key member of the 2006 Winter Party Festival production team.
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.
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