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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates hold Power Summit on Long Island on Nov. 29–Dec. 2

Date: 
November 29, 2007

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Communications Director
(Office) 646.358.1465
(Cell) 917.704.6358
rsklar@theTaskForce.org

Advocates join forces to educate New Yorkers on same-sex marriage, employment protections for transgender people and dignity for all students

Media are invited to:
Power Summit opening plenary: Thursday, November 29, 7–8PM

Door-to-door canvassing: Saturday, December 1, 12:30–4:30PM

Advance media registration for canvassing required;
contact Roberta Sklar at 917.704.6358

What:
The New York Power Summit is a four-day gathering of more than 150 rights leaders and advocates that is designed to build the grassroots political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. It is intended to train advocates and directly educate New Yorkers around the issues of marriage equality, workplace protections for transgender people and preventing harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Empire State Pride Agenda will offer training in advanced skills to LGBT leaders, advocates and allies from New York state. On Saturday, the advocates will take to the streets of Uniondale, Levittown and Plainview to canvas door to door and engage in one-on-one conversations with local residents about the rights of LGBT people.

Who:
Plenary speakers:
Craig Johnson, New York State Senator
Matt Foreman, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director
Alan Van Capelle, Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director

The Power Summit is co-sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the nation’s uncompromising voice for LGBT equality, and the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s leading statewide LGBT political advocacy organization.

Where:
State University of New York College at Old Westbury, Campus Center, Recital Hall. For directions on how to get there, please visit http://www.oldwestbury.edu/about/directions.cfm. For detailed maps, please visit http://www.oldwestbury.edu/about/maps.cfm.

When:
Thursday, November 29–Sunday, December 2

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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.