Press

Task Force kicks off Pride season with the release of Come Out and Win

Date: 
May 17, 2007

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

Pedro Julio Serrano, Communications Coordinator
646.358.1479 (office); 787.602.5954 (cell)
pjserrano@theTaskForce.org

Media Advisory

Audio press conference: Tuesday, May 22
Call at 12:25PM for 12:30PM access

“Unique and invaluable, Come Out and Win is the essential guide for anyone wanting to advance equal rights for LGBT people.”
— Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

What:
Audio press conference announcing release of Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community, and Your World, a handbook for creating change and political organizing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, written by Task Force Creating Change Director Sue Hyde

Who:
Matt Foreman, Executive Director, Task Force
Sue Hyde, Author and Creating Change Director, Task Force
Michael Bronski, Editor, Queer Action/Queer Ideas, Beacon Press

Where:
To participate: please call 800.289.0437
Code: 1529491
Call at 12:25 p.m. for 12:30 p.m. access

When:
Tuesday, May 22
12:30–1:30PM (EST)

Why:
Political organizing is at the heart of any successful social justice movement. Building on more than 25 years of organizing experience, Sue Hyde, director of Creating Change, the premier LGBT organizing conference convened annually by the Task Force, compiles strategies, game plans and concrete examples for political organizing in Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community, and Your World, an accessible handbook on how to win equality. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has tremendous experience in this realm. Its Organizing & Training team — the most experienced corps of trainers and organizers in the LGBT movement — partners with leaders, organizations and campaigns to build the political power of the LGBT community in measurable ways at the state and local level.

Come Out and Win is one of the first two books to launch Queer Action, a new series of LGBT-themed paperback originals edited by Michael Bronski and published by Beacon Press that serve as hands-on guides for living in our increasingly complicated political and social worlds. Lisa Keen’s Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know About Their Legal Rights co-launches this series with Come Out and Win.

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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.