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Task Force congratulates labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta on receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom

Date: 
April 26, 2012

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WASHINGTON, April 26 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force congratulates legendary labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta on becoming a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Huerta co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with labor leader Cesar Chavez in 1962. She is a longtime supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Huerta was a keynote speaker at the Task Force’s National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in 2009 in Denver, Colo. Watch here.

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

“Congratulations to Dolores Huerta on this tremendous and much-deserved honor. Dolores is a legendary labor and civil rights leader who has spent a lifetime working to make lives better for all. She has been a strong advocate and leading Latina voice for full equality for LGBT people, and we were grateful to have her address our 2009 National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, where she inspired thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates from around the country and the world. Dolores not only recognizes our common humanity — she has been a fierce, fearless and fabulous voice for justice.”

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