Task Force mourns death of Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner

July 24, 2007

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WASHINGTON, July 24 —  The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force expressed its condolences at the passing of Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner, ex-wife of disgraced evangelist Jim Bakker. Messner died last Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Tammy Faye became an icon for our community. In spite of — and perhaps because of the hardships she faced — she embraced us, she refused to judge and repudiated those who did. She will be long-remembered and deeply missed. Our condolences go to her family and her wide circle of loving friends.”


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.