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LGBT coalition sends pre-election message: Phone Home 2006

Date: 
October 18, 2006

Your friends and family back home need your help!

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

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 —  The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., and 17 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender coalition partners have launched a unique campaign to reach voters in states facing anti-gay ballot initiatives this November. The Phone Home 2006 campaign asks people to contact the folks back home to ask them to vote against discrimination. The campaign is targeted at voters in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin, states facing discriminatory ballot initiatives. The campaign hub can be found at (www.phonehome2006.org) with a message from Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman:

“Home is where you grew up, or went to college, or where you started your first job. Home is where you have family and friends — no matter how long you've been away.Right-wing forces have put anti-LGBT initiatives on the November 7 ballot in eight states and most seek to enshrine discrimination in a state's constitution by outlawing not only same-sex marriage, but any form of legal protections for our families.Many people back home don't know about these dangerous initiatives or how harmful they are.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people back home need you to write or call the people you know and ask them to vote against discrimination on November 7.You can use this site to find out more about the initiatives in each state, send e-mail to people you know in the targeted states, donate to the state campaigns, download talking points and suggested text for letters, and spread the word about Phone Home 2006! Just click on your home state.

“Discrimination is wrong and we cannot allow it to be written into any more state constitutions. Hate is not what home is about.”

As of today, 17 coalition partners have joined with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., in the Phone Home campaign, asking friends and families, colleagues and members to “Phone Home” and support equal rights across the country on Election Day. Current coalition partners include:

Alternatives to Marriage Project
BiNet USA
Bisexual Resource Center
COLAGE: Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere
Equality Federation
Family Pride
Freedom to Marry
GLAAD: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
I Am Your Neighbor
Lambda Legal
Mautner Project, The National Lesbian Health Organization
National Association of LGBT
Community Centers

National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
NYAC: National Youth Advocacy Coalition
PFLAG: Parents, Families and
Friends of Lesbians and Gays

The Phone Home campaign is designed to reach as many voters as possible and give people the opportunity to reach across the country to fight discrimination in their hometowns. 

For a close-up on one of the state campaigns, read this report from Wisconsin by Political Director Dave Noble:

On the road in Wisconsin

I just landed in Wisconsin to work on the campaign against the ballot measure that would ban civil unions and marriage. I got to Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 13, where I'll be staying through Election Day, Nov. 7, helping run get-out-the-vote operations here. Already, I can tell this is an incredible campaign. Back in D.C., I'd heard about all the progress we were making in Wisconsin.

But being here, on the ground... I've got to tell you, in all my years of campaigns, I've never seen anything like it. Imagine. A campaign standing up for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people that is fully supported by the labor community, the Democratic Party, Republican radio talk-show hosts, editorial pages across the state, church leaders, high school and college students... the list goes on and on. And I don't mean these community leaders are just giving us lip service. They're sticking their necks out for us. The governor talks about defeating this ban in every speech he gives. Labor unions are spending money educating their members about why the ban needs to fail. People are spending time knocking on doors, speaking for our families. It's really pretty amazing.

At the Task Force, we talk about working for a vision we have for this country. We believe that equality is more than passing one law or stopping one ballot measure. It's about an America where LGBT people are fully integrated in society. This campaign comes pretty close to realizing that dream.

Half the staff of this campaign is straight. Most of our volunteers are straight. Wisconsin gets it. An emerging majority is realizing that discrimination against any group of citizens hurts a community's spirit.

It's so inspiring to be here, working side-by-side with committed activists who have been working 15 hour days since the spring, talking one-on-one with voters about how this ban will hurt Wisconsin.

You can help us out too! Make sure everyone you know in Wisconsin — and in the other seven states fighting ballot measures: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia — is planning to vote on Nov. 7.

Make sure they phone home and talk to everyone they know about why it is important to defeat these discriminatory ballot initiatives. We have some handy tools to help folks do that here at Phone Home!

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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.