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The Task Force to honor entertainment notables and activists at Los Angeles Leadership Awards

Date: 
August 04, 2005

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

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to honor entertainment notables and activists at Los Angeles Leadership Awards on September 18

Tickets now on sale for this benefit honoring Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's David Collins and Michael Williams, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Lorri L. Jean and Phill Wilson, executive director of the Black AIDS Institute

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 — Tickets are available for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Los Angeles Leadership Awards, slated for Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Wyndham Bel Age/West Hollywood. The event features an 11:30 a.m. rooftop reception, followed by the 12:30 p.m. awards brunch. Tickets start at $150 and can be purchased online at http://www.thetaskforce.org/lala.

The honorees of this year's Los Angeles Leadership Awards are:

  • David Collins and Michael Williams, of Scout Productions, the company that produces the Emmy Award-winning Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Queer Eye for the Straight Girl and produced the Academy Award-winning The Fog of War.

  • Longtime activist Lorri L. Jean, best known for her leadership at the helm of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, where she currently serves as chief executive officer.

  • Phill Wilson, founder and executive director of the Black AIDS Institute. Wilson is also the founder of the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum and co-founder of the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention.

Carson Kressley, a star of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, director/producer/writer Paris Barclay (The West Wing, ER) and singer/songwriter kd lang will serve as award presenters. The event will also feature a special performance by spirit pop duo Jason and DeMarco.

For details and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.thetaskforce.org/lala.

Media inquiries go to Roberta Sklar, the Task Force's communications director, at 646.358.1465 or rsklar@thetaskforce.org.

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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.