Courageous and controversial openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to address LGBT advocates

February 07, 2008

Roberta Sklar, Communications Director
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Unprecedented change in political landscape brings activists from every corner of the country to The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, Feb. 7–10, to plan political strategy, activate and energize following Super Tuesday

Who: Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the courageous and controversial openly gay Anglican leader from New Hampshire, will keynote the Saturday plenary at 1:30 p.m. He will be introduced by members of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable. Robinson became the first openly gay man in the world to be elected bishop in the Anglican Communion in 2003, attracting worldwide attention and prompting some leaders of the Anglican Communion moving to sever relations with the Episcopal Church of the United States. In the face of all of this, he has repeatedly called for understanding, love and dialogue with his detractors. Bishop Robinson has become a symbol of the ongoing struggle to win full acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in communities of faith.

What: Close to 2,000 activists will convene in Detroit, Mich., on Feb.7–10 for the 20th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. The conference serves as the largest annual meeting of the national LGBT community, where the agenda for upcoming battles is set.

When: Saturday, Feb. 9
11:30AM–12PM Media Availability
1:30PM Plenary

Where: Detroit Marriott/Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, Mich.

Why: The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is convened annually by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to strategize, train and build political power in the LGBT community. This important gathering seeks to counter orchestrated efforts by the right wing to block LGBT people from securing basic and equal rights. The conference is the national LGBT community's call to action, and people from every corner of the country respond to work together to advance 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.