Task Force: All families deserve care and respect

April 04, 2008

Roberta Sklar, Communications Director
(Office) 646.358.1465
(Cell) 917.704.6358

WASHINGTON, April 4 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to media and public reaction generated by the story of Thomas Beatie, who is pregnant and appeared on Oprah this week.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“The desire to create and sustain a family is part of the human experience, reaching back through time. Throughout history people have gone to extraordinary lengths to conceive and bear children. In this factual context, the Thomas Beatie story is neither unique nor exceptional. The mainstream media and blogosphere reaction is unwarranted and appallingly prurient. The real story is that a family seeking to have children has been terribly mistreated by the media and, it appears, by the medical profession. All families deserve care and respect, period.”


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.