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Seattle resident joins Task Force board of directors

Date: 
January 26, 2010

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Serves on board of 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 Seattle resident Ken Thompson 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.

"I'm honored to become a board member of the Task Force," said Thompson, a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in Seattle, Wash., who manages a portfolio of grants focusing on youth in the Pacific Northwest.

Thompson has worked in a variety of positions at the foundation since 1998, including managing the foundation's research services, and as designer and manager of its Community Access to Technology efforts in Washington state from 2001 to 2007. Thompson previously worked in libraries, in technology, and in the arts. He has master's degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Washington. He served on the Pride Foundation's Shareholder Activism Committee since 2005. He also helped start statewide LGBT organization Equal Rights Washington in 2005, serving on its board of directors for three years, and in his concluding year served as board president.

"The Task Force consistently and unfailingly works to build an inclusive movement and approaches getting to LGBT equality through building coalitions," Thompson said. "I'm personally convinced that this approach is not only the right way to build a movement that's about equality, it's also the only approach that will actually succeed at securing lasting and permanent change in our culture."

As part of a binational couple with only temporary legal status in the U.S., Thompson is an advocate for swift passage of the Uniting American Families Act and the needs of the more than 40,000 same-sex binational couples currently living in the U.S. fighting to have their relationships recognized for immigration purposes, as well as all the couples already in exile from the U.S.

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.