Task Force responds to guilty verdict in trial involving the killing of Lateisha Green

July 17, 2009

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
Director of Communications
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WASHINGTON, July 17 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded today to the verdict against Dwight DeLee, who was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime, for the fatal shooting of Lateisha Green, a 22-year-old African-American transgender woman. On Nov. 14, 2008, Green was shot and killed outside a house party in Syracuse, N.Y.

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

"This verdict sends a strong message that hate violence will not be condoned. How many more like Lateisha Green must spill blood before our society says no to harassment, no to discrimination and no to violence against transgender people? We must move forward, at all levels of government, to pass laws that fight hate in schools, in workplaces and on the streets. We must continue working toward a culture that affirms the dignity and worth of all people. While no verdict will bring Lateisha Green back, justice was served today."

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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.