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Task Force Action Fund commends formation of Congressional Equality Caucus for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans

Date: 
June 04, 2008

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WASHINGTON, June 4 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds the formation of the Congressional Equality Caucus for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans. Congressional leaders announced the launch of the caucus today at a Capitol Hill press conference. The event featured U.S. Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who will serve as co-chairs, as well as a number of the caucus’ vice chairs and members.

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

“We applaud this historic event, where a diverse coalition of congressional members has come together in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The caucus consists of members who are longtime allies and friends of our community, and we look forward to working with them in the next Congress to advance key legislative priorities around hate crimes, a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and passage of a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

“We also hope to expand our work in other important areas that affect LGBT individuals, such as health care, aging, homeless youth, anti-bullying legislation and securing funding for social service programs. We extend special thanks to U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin and her staff for organizing today’s event as well as to Chairman Frank and the rest of the more than 50 members of the caucus for their years of dedication and tireless work.”

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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.