October 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.

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We're very close to Election Day, so the best way you can take action is to get out and vote! There's so much at stake in this election, from the presidency to control of Congress to ballot measures on marriage equality. We're sure many of you have been involved watching the debates and following all the different polls. But remember that polls aren't a guarantee of anything. The only way to make sure your voice is heard is to vote on November 6.

Father Gideon Uzomechina, JP. is a regular member of the Task Force. He believes strongly in "love and inclusiveness" and says "I see the Task Force and all the LGBT organizations fighting to make it known that people need to respect the dignity of all people. I'm so proud of the mission and ministry of the Task Force because it is the ministry that pleases God and honors the dignity of all human beings." Thanks, Father Gideon!
It wasn't a surprise, but we're still very glad that our 16th annual Miami Recognition Dinner on October 6 was the most successful one ever. Close to 800 guests filled the Sparkle ballroom at the lovely Fontainebleau Miami Beach to watch and listen to award recipients Elizabeth Schwartz and Matt Foreman, and award ceremony emcee LeVar Burton. The Task Force donates the majority of the combined net proceeds from the dinner and our Winter Party Festival to the Miami-Dade LGBT community.
LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994, and in 1995 the National Education Association came out in support of this commemoration not taught in public schools. But our not being in the history books is just starting to change. In July of 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that made California the first state that requires public schools to teach students about the contributions of LGBT people. After signing the landmark legislation, Gov. Brown said "History should be honest." We completely agree.

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