Press

AUDIO PRESS CONFERENCE

Date: 
August 09, 2005

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

AUDIO PRESS CONFERENCE: Tuesday, August 9, 1 PM ET (10 AM PT)
Call-in number: 800.361.0912 Prompt code number: 4747976

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to release new report titled Selling Us Short: How Social Security Privatization Will Affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans

What: Audio press conference to discuss findings from the new study, Selling Us Short: How Social Security Privatization Will Affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans
Who: Mandy Hu, author, Selling Us Short; Matt Foreman, executive director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Amber Hollibaugh, Task Force senior strategist, specialist in aging issues; Ira Jeffries, a New York City lesbian and senior who depends on Social Security for her survival; Sean Cahill, director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute; and Jason Cianciato, director of research Task Force Policy Institute.
When: Tuesday, August 9, 1PM — 2:00 PM ET (10:00 — 11:00 AM PT)
Where: Telephone: Call-in number: 800.361.0912; prompt code number: 4747976
Why: Social Security privatization threatens the financial security of millions of Americans, particularly those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Despite widespread media attention to the issue, very little has been said about how Social Security privatization will affect LGBT Americans. LGBT elders are an extremely vulnerable demographic, and although the current Social Security system discriminates against LGBT people by refusing to recognize their partners and families, it remains a crucial and consistent element of support. Privatization would jeopardize this support without remedying the inequities of the system.

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