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WorldPride Rescheduled to August 2006: Statement from the Task Force National Religious Leadership Roundtable

Date: 
June 02, 2005

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Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Religious Leadership Roundtable supports the decision of Jerusalem Open House to postpone WorldPride until August 6-12, 2006. As an endorsing organization of WorldPride, we join with the 1,000 clergy and religious leaders who have offered their support for this event. We encourage people of faith everywhere to join delegations from around the world and come to Jerusalem in August 2006 as a commitment to expressing our place in religious communities and our global citizenship.

Homophobia has marginalized people throughout the world, creating places of tyranny and violence toward people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. This event in Jerusalem will be a testament of solidarity in the movement toward equality, justice and full inclusion for LGBT persons across the globe. It is our hope, indeed, our fervent prayer, that WorldPride 2006 will, as so well expressed in its mission statement, "demonstrate to our community, to our neighbors and peers and to the world...that our love and our pride can cross the harshest borders that divide people."

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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.