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Andrew Solomon joins board of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Date: 
October 09, 2009

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is pleased to announce the election of Andrew Solomon to its board. The election occurred at the organization’s September meeting in Denver, Colo. The Task Force is the oldest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organization and a leading progressive voice for full LGBT equality.

“This is our moment in U.S. history, when legislative measures to ensure equal privileges and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are cropping up at the local, state and national level,” says Solomon. “Progress in these areas is contingent on a changed consciousness on the part of the general population, and no organization has shown itself better-equipped than the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to reach both the people who need support and those who can support them.”

Solomon studied at Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1985, and then at Jesus College Cambridge, where he received the top first-class degree in English in his year. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. at Cambridge in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies.

“I am excited to be part of this brave fight for civil rights, and have joined the Task Force board as a show of support for the organization’s inspired leadership, and for its critical work,” says Solomon. “My own writing deals with issues of justice, dignity, and identity, and I hope that experience can now be put to the service of activism.”

In 1988, he began his study of Russian artists, which culminated with the publication of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost. Two years later, he was named a contributing writer of The New York Times Magazine, a position he held until 2001. His first novel, A Stone Boat, was published in 1994. His most recent book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, has won him 14 national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, and is being published in 24 languages. It was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, he was given a staff appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry at Cornell medical school. He has endowed the Solomon Summer Research Fellowships at Yale University in Gay and Lesbian Studies, and has lectured within that department. He is also a member of the board of Trans Youth Family Allies. He is a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University and lives in London and New York and is a dual national.

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.