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It’s not too late to Phone Home! Vote against discrimination in November!

Date: 
October 31, 2006

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


Go to: www.PhoneHome2006.org

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 —  The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., and  16 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) coalition partners are calling on people across the country to phone home and reach out to voters in states facing anti-gay ballot initiatives on the Nov. 7 ballot. 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 one more state constitution. Hate is not what home is about.”

Phone Home has 16 coalition partners, including:

Alternatives to Marriage Project
BiNet USA
Bisexual Resource Center
COLAGE: Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere
Equality Federation
Family Pride
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. 

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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.