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Local leader joins Task Force board of directors

Date: 
January 26, 2010

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D.C. resident to serve on board of country's oldest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 —The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Washingtonian Kierra Johnson to its board of directors. The Task Force is the oldest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organization and a leading progressive voice for full LGBT equality.

Johnson is the executive director of Choice USA, an organization that mobilizes and provides support to the upcoming generation of leaders promoting and protecting reproductive choice. Johnson has been featured on RH Reality Check, Feministing.com, In These Times as well as the Washington Informer, Washington City Paper and the New York Times.

"I joined the board because I couldn't think of a better place to bridge the love I have for my community with my passion for social justice," Johnson said. "I hope that while I am on the board we will be able to celebrate state and national victories that further the health and well being of queer people in the U.S. From marriage to jobs to health care the goal is quality and equality. This is the final destination and the Task Force is our vehicle to get there!"

Johnson was the 2002 recipient of the Young Women of Achievement Award from the Women's Information Network (WIN) and served as a member of the board of Medical Students for Choice from 2003 to 2006. She is currently on WIN's advisory committee and is a member of the Women's Health Leadership Network with the Center for American Progress. Johnson served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and in 2009 was recognized in Washington Life Magazine as one of the Most Influential Washingtonians Under 40.

She was one of four new members added to the board at the organization's January meeting in Washington, D.C.

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.