Summer 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 on the Ground in Maine and Minnesota Fighting for Marriage Equality
47 Million Women Can Finally Have the Basic Health Services They Deserve

There's no better way to take action than to submit a proposal for a workshop at the Task Force's 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. We're coming to Atlanta January 23–27, 2013, and there's no better place to share your knowledge with other activists than at Creating Change. After all, it's the premier annual organizing and skills-building event for the LGBT community and our allies. This year our five-day program will feature over 350 workshops and training sessions, and one of those could be given by you!

Javen Swanson is a Change Agent, one of our monthly donors. He says what he appreciates about the Task Force "...is its commitment to developing leaders who are building power and creating change in communities all across the country...I'm grateful that the Task Force seeks out these people and partners with them to take their leadership to the next level. OutFront Minnesota has long benefitted from the Task Force's commitment to on-the-ground organizing and leadership development, and my own growth as an organizer has been influenced tremendously by the team at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force." Thanks, Javen. Don't you want to become a Change Agent too?
We're really glad to announce that the Task Force store on Cafe Press is officially up and running! You can buy our extremely popular "I Create Change" t-shirts. (These shirts positively flew off the shelves at last year's Creating Change conference.) But wait — there's more. You can also buy a baby onesie for your future change agents, and there's even an "I Bark for Change" doggy t-shirt for your canine friends. (Modeled here by friend of the Task Force, PeeWee Hermhund.) So what are you waiting for? Get your Task Force gear right now. (We'll be adding more items as we go along, so put checking our store on your calendar.)
Whether you watched the Olympics for the actual games or just for the fabulous Spice Girls' reunion at the closing ceremony, you still probably couldn't help but notice there were quite a few openly LGBT athletes participating in these games, including members of the U.S. women's gold medal soccer and basketball teams. The thing is though, being out wasn't always possible at the Olympics. Greg Louganis won two gold medals in 1988 when he still had to stay closeted. And then when he came out in 1994, not only as gay but also as HIV positive, all but one of his sponsors dropped him. Thankfully, times do change.
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