September 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.

Miami Recognition Dinner Names Matt Foreman as National Leadership Award Honoree
Highlights of the Task Force at This Year's Democratic National Convention

This November, ballot measures on marriage are being voted on in four states, so the Task Force Action Fund and two other organizations have teamed up to form United for Marriage. The goal is to turn the growing support for same-sex marriage into on-the-ground action in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, and you can help. Sign up for either a Volunteer Vacation, or — if you just don't have a full week to spare — do a weekend Drive for Marriage. We can win marriage this year in these four states, but only if you join the fight!

Ariel Cerrud is one of our Change Agents, someone who makes monthly membership contributions, and he says he's "...proud to support the amazing work of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force because of their commitment to ensuring that all our voices are heard including young people and communities of color. As a young queer Latino activist, I've had the privilege of attending Creating Change and seeing firsthand the great lengths the Task Force goes to ensuring that all corners of our diverse community are present." Thanks, Ariel. We're proud to have a young activist like you standing with us!
We're incredibly glad that registration for 2013's National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is open! This will be our 25th Creating Change, and we'll be at the Hilton Atlanta from January 23–27. You have until October 31 to take advantage of the early bird registration rate of $285. After that it goes up to our regular rate of $345 until January 19. So save some money and make sure you're going to the hottest conference of 2013. Register now!
On Sept. 20 of last year, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed, and that meant that lesbian, gay, and bisexual members of the military could finally serve openly. Since then, we've seen photos of same-sex welcome-home kisses and same-sex weddings in uniform. Despite warnings from certain people that removing DADT would be catastrophic, the sun hasn't spun off its axis nor has the military imploded. But it's important to remember that transgender service members aren't helped by the repeal of DADT. The Task Force believes that all qualified, patriotic Americans willing to risk their lives for their country should be able to do that, and we'll continue working towards the day that transgender people can also serve openly.
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