Task Force responds to President Obama's inauguration speech

January 20, 2009

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded today to President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech.

Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“America made history today with the swearing-in of Barack Obama as its 44th president. It is our hope this truly marks the dawn of a new political era of engagement in the life of this country. In his speech, the president spoke of our nation’s need to reaffirm its enduring spirit and ‘carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea … [the] promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.’

“Our country has made significant strides in advancing this ‘noble idea’ toward full-fledged reality, but we’re not there yet. Too many people continue to face discrimination and hardship. As President Obama assumes the role of America’s foremost leader, we call upon him to fulfill the promise of a nation where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are recognized and valued as part of this country's strength, spirit and solution. The fact that the official White House Web site was updated just this afternoon with a list of commitments to LGBT rights is already enormous positive change.”


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.