June 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.

Task Force Slams Senate's Failure to Allow Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act
On June 17 Take a Stand Against Stop & Frisk and Racial Profiling

Did you know that in 29 states you can be fired just because you're lesbian, gay, or bisexual? And you can be fired just for being transgender in 34 states. That's why we need the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to be passed. Because right now there aren't any clear federal laws to protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Congress has been dragging its feet for too long! Help us make them take the next step: Tell Sen. Harkin to bring ENDA to a vote in his committee.
Russell Roybal
Deputy Executive Director of External Relations
Russell loves to be entertained, although truth be told he really loves to be the one entertaining and serving ovahness — whether at a fundraiser helping support Pride celebrations this month as his alter ego Shotzi Tequila, or walking in a house ball as the Mother of the House of Tequila. Find out what film he's recommending for Pride Month.  More ›

When Pastor Charles Worley gave a sermon suggesting that gays and lesbians should be fenced in and left to "die out," we're sure he had no idea it would go viral. Or that some of our members would make donations in his name. Member Jane Kniffin says: "It's a wonderful thing to be able to do something positive in response to another person's public acts of violence. In response to a video of a self-proclaimed Christian pastor conveying a hateful message, I chose to donate money to the Task Force to support their continued advocacy work on behalf of the LGBTQ community." We appreciate it; thanks Jane!
We'll never know why patrons at the Stonewall Inn finally fought back during another police raid on June 28, 1969. But they fought hard for three days and nights, and many consider these demonstrations to be the birth of the modern gay rights movement. Soon Pride marches were taking place in cities to commemorate the Stonewall riots, and today more and more people take to the streets all over the world to celebrate Pride Month. The Task Force will be out there too — come meet us!
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