Task Force applauds historic resolutions for LGBT rights at National Education Association annual conference

July 07, 2009

Pedro Julio Serrano
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WASHINGTON, July 7 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the National Education Association (NEA) for the adoption of two resolutions calling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. At its annual conference last week, NEA members adopted two resolutions setting forth the organization's "opposition to the discriminatory treatment of same-sex couples and its belief that such couples should have the same legal rights and benefits as similarly-situated heterosexual couples." These resolutions also call for the "passage of a federal statute prohibiting federal discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression." The NEA also committed itself to supporting the enactment of LGBT equality at local, state and federal levels.

The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization with over 3.2 million members. Members work at every level of education — from pre-school to university graduate programs. The Task Force recently honored the NEA at the D.C. Leadership Awards for its outstanding work in keeping the classroom safe for all students, including LGBT students. For more information on the NEA's resolutions, please click here.

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

"These historical resolutions acknowledge that no one should be left behind. The National Education Association and its members once again show their leadership and remind us the influence of educators have on our young people, LGBT and straight. We are deeply grateful to the NEA and its membership for adopting these resolutions and making a clear commitment to joining in the fight for full LGBT equality."

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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.