National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
September 26, 2006

In the News:

Defeat anti-LGBT discrimination at the
      ballot box this November: Phone Home!
Values — yes, but whose values?
Matt Foreman and Bishop Yvette Flunder
       to discuss reclaiming moral values
Task Force mourns loss of two community figures
In the states


Defeat anti-LGBT discrimination at the ballot box this November: Phone Home!

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., with 14 coalition partners, has launched the Phone Home 2006 campaign, a communitywide effort to defeat anti-LGBT measures on the ballot this November.

[ Learn more and take part in Phone Home 2006! ]


Values — yes, but whose values?

The National Religious Leadership Roundtable spoke out against the recent Values Voter Summit, saying the gathering represented the "continuing egregious hijacking of faith and true values of the American people."

[ Read the full statement ]


Matt Foreman and Bishop Yvette Flunder to discuss reclaiming moral values at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club on Thursday, Sept. 28

Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman and Bishop Yvette Flunder, a noted faith leader from the San Francisco Bay Area, will discuss how to expand the conversation about moral values and why it is important to take back the values debate from the right wing. National Religious Leadership Roundtable member Christian de la Huerta will moderate this event, which is open to the public.

[ Get more details ]


Task Force mourns loss of two community figures

The Task Force expresses sadness over the recent deaths of Tyron Garner and Aleta Fenceroy.

Tyron Garner, a plaintiff in Lambda Legal’s landmark case Lawrence v. Texas, died Sept. 11 at the age of 39. He had been battling meningitis. Garner (left) and plaintiff John Lawrence challenged a Texas sodomy law after they were arrested in 1998 for having consensual sex in Lawrence's Houston home. The case traveled all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled the law unconstitutional, effectively overturning state sodomy laws. The Task Force recognizes Garner's actions as one of the critical acts of courage on which the current LGBT movement rests. Photo: Courtesy Lambda Legal.

Aleta Fenceroy died of cancer on Sept. 23 in Omaha, Neb. She was 57. For eight years, Fenceroy and Jean Mayberry ran the Fenceberry information service, compiling LGBT-related news articles, columns and letters to the editor and distributing them to an e-mail list. They have been named to Out's annual “Out 100” list and among The Advocate’s “Best and Brightest Activists.”


In the states

Help save marriage equality in Massachusetts
On Nov. 9, Massachusetts state legislators will vote again on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. If just 50 out of 200 state legislators vote to approve the ban, it will advance for a final legislative vote next year and move one step closer to appearing before voters in November 2008.

MassEquality is working hard to convince enough legislators to block the ban. The good news is that a handful of legislators are still on the fence. If you live in New York City or Washington, D.C., you can make a big difference by joining one of the Task Force’s upcoming volunteer recruitment phonebanks, which will help us build the big volunteer team we need in Massachusetts to talk with voters face to face and ask supporters to sign postcards to their legislators. With a strong mass mobilization of marriage equality constituents, we can win over the votes of undecided legislators. Upcoming phonebanks: Tuesday, September 26, 6:30–9:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 28, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

If you wish to participate, please contact Becca Ahuja in New York at 646.358.1475 or or Dan Hawes in D.C. at 202.639.6318 or


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