Task Force and Leather Community Unite for Red, White & Leather 2

June 12, 2006

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications


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WASHINGTON, June 12 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Michael Egdes, International Mr. Leather 2005, are hosting Red, White & Leather 2  over the July 4th weekend to support the work of the Task Force. Red, White & Leather 2 events are being held at bars nationwide. (Visit for details and participating bars.)

Red, White & Leather 2 is not only a fund-raiser, but also a wonderful vehicle for communicating the Task Force’s desire to work hand-in-hand with the leather community,” said Egdes, chair of Red, White & Leather 2.

Last year, bars from Anchorage to Key West did everything from donating their cover charge to holding a raffle to selling a specialty drink and succeeded in raising nearly $5,000 to support the Task Force’s work of building lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political power from the ground up. The Task Force works in close cooperation with those in the leather community.

For information about Red, White & Leather 2 , contact Janice Thom, director of special events, at or 646.358.1467.


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.