New York Times on the passing of Robert Carter, a priest, activist and co-founder of the Task Force

March 15, 2010

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

“The Rev. Robert Carter is a profile in courage. He was a man who lived openly and honestly. He was an active and inspirational figure who placed faith and fairness above fear. He was a leader in the early days of the modern LGBT rights movement, helping to found the Task Force and the New York chapter of DignityUSA. When HIV/AIDS appeared on the scene, he was among those who stepped forth to provide counseling and compassion to those in need.

“The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force mourns the loss of Reverend Carter and we offer our condolences to his friends and family. Reverend Carter spent much of his life fighting for our common humanity and dignity, and for this we are forever grateful. His legacy will always serve as an inspiration.”

Read the New York Times story on Carter's passing.


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.