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Sydney Andrews and Anthony Aragon join board of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Date: 
October 09, 2009

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is pleased to announce the election of Sydney Andrews and Anthony Aragon to its board. The election occurred at the organization’s September meeting in Denver, Colo. The Task Force is the oldest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organization and a leading progressive voice for full LGBT equality.

“The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is an amazing grassroots organizing muscle machine and I am in awe at all the work the Task Force has done since its existence and all of the things it continues to do today,” says Andrews. “Mobilizing teams and volunteers at the city and state level when faced with important ballot or community issues is an act of great skill, endurance and imagination — something that the Task Force does consistently and quite well.”

Andrews currently works as a media marketing manager for one of the largest travel technology and solutions companies, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He holds extensive travel industry experience having worked for a large online travel agency and a major U.S. airline for 18 years prior to joining his current employer.

“I am excited to be part of such an amazing grassroots organization,” says Aragon. “The Task Force is the ‘voice for the voiceless’ and touches the lives of LGBT people from large metropolitan cities to rural, small towns.”

Aragon is the director of the Denver Office on Aging & Community Relations. Previously, he was the director of Boards & Commissions for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and also served as the mayor’s scheduling director for several years. Aragon also serves as the mayor’s GLBT liaison.

“The Task Force’s National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, where training future leaders and ensuring awareness of all issues that face our communities, is another great example of what this organization is about,” says Andrews. “I look forward to my role on the Task Force board and hope to see even more involvement and awareness about the work we do locally here in Denver but also on a national scale where we have great opportunity to increase our exposure and visibility.”

Andrews’ community outreach and contributions include the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire, a 501(c)3 organization and a chapter of the International Court System, where he was elected the 23rd Empress of Denver, Colo., in 1996. He served on the local Imperial Court Council for many years, prior to becoming president of the board during 2000–2002. He was appointed to the International Court Council (ICC) in 2007 and is currently serving as the 2nd vice president and fund-raising chair for the ICC. Andrews organizes and partakes in several fund-raising galas on a continual basis, benefiting numerous charities throughout Colorado and the United States.

“As a gay man fortunate to have legal protections in the state of Colorado, I know how important it is for every LGBT person to know they’re not alone,” says Aragon. “I look forward to participating in the Task Force’s efforts.”

Aragon is a longtime Democratic activist having worked for former Mayor Federico Pena, Gov. Roy Romer and Ambassador Swanee Hunt. He has also been honored as the Colorado Pride Guide 2005 Coloradan of the Year and the 2006 Colorado Business Council Professional Man of the Year. Some of Aragon’s civic engagement includes serving as a commissioner on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, having been appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter in July 2007. Aragon is also the president of the board of directors for Equal Rights Colorado. He lives with his partner of 12 years, David Westman, in Stapleton, Colo.

Read the full listing of the board of directors.

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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.