Task Force on Bush Inauguration

January 20, 2005

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

"From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this Earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value because they bear the image of the maker of heaven and Earth." -- George W. Bush, Inaugural Speech, January 20, 2005

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"President Bush focused much of his second inaugural address on spreading 'the force of human freedom' across the world. He said that our nation has always 'proclaimed that every man and woman on this Earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value.'

"Here at home, over the past four years this administration and its allies have attacked the rights and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. We have seen an intense and ugly rise in homophobia, the passage of constitutional amendments in 13 states seeking to prohibit lesbian and gay citizens from full and equal protection under the law, and an unprecedented rise in hate crimes against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people. In his second term, we challenge the president to be true to his words and begin proclaiming -- instead of attacking -- the rights, dignity, and matchless value of gay Americans."


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by 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.