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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hires federal legislative director

Date: 
April 12, 2007

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WASHINGTON, April 12 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced today that it has hired Becky Dansky as its federal legislative director. Dansky joins the Task Force’s Public Policy & Government Affairs team as it lobbies for a transgender-inclusive employment nondiscrimination act, comprehensive hate crimes legislation, increased federal money for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) direct social services, and other Task Force legislative priorities.

Dansky is a longtime advocate of LGBT rights. She has worked in the legislative departments of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Interfaith Alliance and most recently the National Council of Jewish Women, where she served as co-chair of the hate crimes coalition. She has worked on a broad range of legislative issues, including the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), hate crimes legislation and funding for comprehensive sex education and tolerance education. Dansky was involved in the direct lobbying efforts to defeat the Federal Marriage Amendment and has worked on combating federal funding of programs that discriminate in employment. She has also worked to oppose egregious judicial nominees and legislative efforts to limit individuals’ access to the courts. In addition, she has worked with the FBI to improve its methods of gathering and reporting hate crime statistics.

“Becky’s years of experience lobbying on LGBT and other civil rights issues will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Public Policy & Government Affairs Director Dave Noble. “Her work on hate crimes, ENDA and federal appropriations means she can hit the ground running on day one. Her relationships within religious communities and experience working on the intersection between LGBT issues and the progressive religious perspective will be critical as we continue to educate Congress about the immorality of discrimination.”

Dansky begins in the post on May 14.

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc. (“NGLTF, Inc.”), founded in 1974, works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. NGLTF, Inc., is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to NGLTF, Inc., are not tax-deductible.