Press

Matt Foreman, a national leader of movement for equal rights, to speak at Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Council event

Date: 
October 18, 2006

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

“It’s time to be angry about the way America’s anti-gay industry scapegoats us for all of the country’s problems. It’s time for New York state to take the lead in repudiating these bigots by moving much more quickly to extend equal rights to gay people.”
— Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 —  Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, will be the keynote speaker at tonight's Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Council’s Annual Awards Dinner. The event highlights how the building of grassroots political power is working to obtain justice and equality for all citizens in New York. 

Foreman has been executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force since 2003 and has worked for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights for over 25 years. Founded in 1973, the Task Force was the first national LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization and is the movement’s leading voice for freedom, justice and equality. Foreman is well known to the Albany community of lawmakers, media and local activists. Prior to joining the Task Force, he was executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. Under his leadership, the Pride Agenda was a driving force behind passage of the statewide law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, a hate crime law including crimes motivated by anti-gay bias, a law repealing the consensual sodomy statute, and $11.8 million in state funding specifically for LGBT health and human services programs.

Leaders and organizations who have made significant and distinguished contributions to promote the mission and programs of the Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Council to be honored are Business of the Year: Waterworks Pub; Volunteer of the Year: Larry Bradley; Nancy Burton Straight but not Narrow Award: Melanie Trimble, executive director of the New York State Civil Liberties Union; Paul Postiglione Youth Services Award: Tandra LaGrone, executive director of In Our own Voices; Linkages Award: Richard Angelo; Harvey Milk Award: Sheila Healy; Libby Post Council Leadership Award: Dan Wyman.

What:    Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Council’s Annual Awards Dinner 
Where:  The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Albany-Shaker Road, Albany, N.Y.
When:    Wednesday, Oct. 18; reception at 6 p.m.; keynote address/dinner at 7:15 p.m.
Media Availability:  Matt Foreman 5:30 p.m./contact Roberta Sklar at 917.704.6358

–30–

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.