Task Force Action Fund urges President-elect Obama to leave no community behind in new economic stimulus plan

January 08, 2009

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
Director of Communications
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 — National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey attended President-elect Barack Obama’s highly anticipated, invitation-only speech today in which he called for urgent action to reverse a collapsing economy.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

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“America becomes stronger when all people are allowed to participate on a level playing field. The incoming administration’s plan for this ailing economy appears to include initiatives that gain ground lost over the last eight years and invites all people to share both in the struggle toward stability and the promise of prosperity.

“Jobs, health care and housing — the triangle of stability for any family — are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. In his speech today, President-elect Obama showed a nuanced understanding of just how critical the connections among jobs, health care and housing are to our country's well-being. The Task Force and LGBT community will continue to work with this next administration to advance policies that take into account the unique issues faced by LGBT people, and to ensure our lives and families are not left behind.”


The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., 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. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are not tax deductible.