Media Advisory: Task Force to honor allies in the struggle for equality at the DC Leadership Awards

May 01, 2007

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

Pedro Julio Serrano, Communications Coordinator


Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders and allies to gather at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Saturday, May 5

2007 DC Leadership Awards

The Task Force will honor Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers and the award will be accepted by Mary Kay Henry, SEIU’s international executive vice president. Patrik-Ian Polk and Noah’s Arc (the hit series on Logo) will be honored for advancing a positive and inclusive portrayal of African American gay men in the LGBT community. The event will be emceed by comedian Karen Williams, creator and facilitator of the Humor-at-Large Workshop Series and founder of the National Women’s Comedy Conference. Presenters include Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force;  Hans Johnson, president of Progressive Victory; and actor Wilson Cruz.

Saturday, May 5

2500 Calvert Street NW (at Connecticut Ave.), Washington, D.C.
General admission, $250; VIP ticket, $350
(Media — press credentials required)

After the recent introduction of two federal bills that would protect LGBT people from discrimination and hate crimes, the Task Force and allies will gather at the DC Leadership Awards to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the struggle for justice. This is a critical and crucial moment, one that will determine the course of the struggle for equal rights for years to come. Acknowledging this critical role, the Task Force will honor key players in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Past DC awardees include U.S. Sen. Russell Feingold, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, U.S. Reps. John Conyers Jr., Barney Frank, John Lewis and Eleanor Holmes Norton, television personality Cristina Saralegui and comedian Margaret Cho.

Awardees and presenters are available for interview.
Please call Roberta Sklar at 917.704.6358.


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and 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.