National lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights leader cites California as pivotal state in national debate over equality

September 29, 2006

Matt Foreman, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director, to deliver keynote address at the Freedom Banquet in San Diego, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

San Diego Democratic Club Freedom Banquet, an annual event recognizing leaders who work to ensure civil rights through the democratic process.

Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, has been an outspoken leader and uncompromising voice for equality for 25 years. The Task Force is the nation's oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization.

Saturday, September 30
7:30PM: Keynote address by Matt Foreman
6:00PM: VIP reception
6:30PM: General reception
7:30PM: Dinner and program (including keynote address)

Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, Calif.
General admission, $85; VIP reception, $50
(Media — press credentials required)

Matt Foreman, keynote speaker at the Freedom Banquet, will underscore the pivotal importance of California in the struggle for marriage equality. In 2008, voters in California will decide whether to amend the state constitution to preclude the recognition of same-sex marriage and other forms of family recognition. This is a critical and crucial moment, one that will determine the course of the struggle for equal rights for years to come. Foreman will also celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of the San Diego Democratic Club.

Matt Foreman has been the most frequently quoted advocate for gay rights in the national media over the past two years. He has appeared on CNN and other network news as a frequent commentator on current affairs and gay issues. He will be available for interview at the event. For comment or an interview, contact Roberta Sklar at 917.704.6358.


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.