May 2012

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country's premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people, and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all.

Voters in North Carolina Pass Unbelievably Appalling Amendment One
Senate ENDA Hearing Finally Announced for June

We were happy to be able to send an e-mail to you last week about President Obama finally declaring his support for marriage equality. We asked everyone to show their appreciation for this milestone and thank the president by signing our thank you card. Have you signed yet? If you haven't, time's running out and you don't want to miss your chance to be part of history. Say "Thank You" to President Obama and add your name to the card today!
If Harvey Milk hadn't been assassinated in 1978, he'd turn 82 on May 22. Milk became one of the first openly gay people elected to public office when he won his seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. During the short time he was in office he created and helped pass some of the first laws protecting gay people. Milk has become an icon to the LGBT community and has been recognized as a true American hero. The International Court System has even been working to get a commemorative U.S. postage stamp created in his honor.
The Task Force recently held its second Pink & Purple weekend in Washington, D.C., and it was not only a great success but a lot of fun. The weekend kicked off with our women's event, held on the rooftop of the Liaison Hotel, where DJ Whitney Day kept the party hopping. That was followed by a packed party at popular local gay club Cobalt. The weekend closed with our Pink & Purple Recognition Awards brunch, where the Task Force honored local activists Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino and Dee Rees, writer and director of Pariah. The day also included a fabulous live auction and Toast to the Movement speech by Rea Carey. We couldn't have asked for a better weekend.

Mel Braman just became a new member of our Leadership Council — in addition to still being one of our Change Agents. She says "I love the Task Force because the Task Force is grass roots based and focused and because social justice is the Task Force's middle name. I love that the Task Force walks its talk and truly embraces all of who we are as LGBTQ ... And, I love the Task Force for throwing the best conference ever! Creating Change feeds our minds and hearts and our souls and lets us have big fun all at the same time. Thanks so much, you all rock my world most every day!" We really appreciate all your support, Mel.
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