National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
October 31, 2006

In the News:

Halloween Special: Homophobia
It's not too late to Phone Home!
Internal enemy: Gays as the domestic al-Qaeda
In the states: NJ Supreme Court marriage ruling
      a step forward
Issues of racial and economic justice
a top priority at Creating Change
Bid on fabulous prizes


Halloween Special: Homophobia

A new Policy Institute report, Homophobia at 'Hell House': Literally Demonizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, takes aim at "Hell Houses" — a religious alternative to traditional haunted houses that's designed to scare youth into a "sin-free life."

"The Hell House phenomenon is yet another example of the dangerous and extreme tactics used by the religious right to indoctrinate youth with lies and misinformation about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Church leaders who sponsor Hell Houses should be ashamed of contributing to the climate of anti-gay harassment and violence that mercilessly threatens the safety and well-being of LGBT youth on a daily basis." — Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

[ Read the press release ]

[ Download the report ]


It's not too late to Phone Home

Vote against discrimination on Nov. 7, and urge others to do the same.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc. and 16 coalition partners are calling on people across the country to reach out to voters in states facing anti-gay initiatives on the Nov. 7 ballot. The Phone Home 2006 campaign asks people to contact folks back home to ask them to vote against discrimination. The campaign is targeted at voters in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Dave Noble, the Task Force's political director, is on the ground in Wisconsin working on the campaign against a ballot measure that would ban civil unions and marriage equality.


Internal enemy: Gays as the domestic al-Qaeda

In preparation for next week's elections, the Family Research Council (FRC) sponsored a Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., in September to rally evangelical conservative voters. Speakers included GOP presidential hopefuls, pundits such as Ann Coulter and William Bennett, and FRC President Tony Perkins, who repeated a key theme: Gay rights and religious liberty are on a collision course.

Internal enemy: Gays as the domestic al-Qaeda, co-authored by Task Force Policy Institute Director Sean Cahill and Ohio State University women's studies professor Cynthia Burack, documents the wide range of concerns addressed at the Values Voter Summit and the centrality of lesbian and gay people in the right's political demonology.

[ Read the report ]

For more on the subject, read a report from Political Research Associates titled Running Against Sodom and Osama: The Christian Right, Values Voters, and the Culture War in 2006, by going to


In the states: NJ Supreme Court marriage ruling a step forward

The Task Force recognizes as a step forward the Oct. 25 unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court decision holding that denying rights and benefits to same-sex couples that are statutorily given to heterosexual couples violates the state's constitution.

[ Read the full Task Force statement ]

[ Read the Task Force blog entry, No Matter What Happens, Blame the Gays, on the Hill's Congress Blog ]


Issues of racial and economic justice a top priority at Creating Change

Online registration for Creating Change closes Friday, Nov. 3, at midnight. (You can register on-site after Nov. 3.)

"Building a movement that recognizes how racial and economic justice issues intersect with the needs and priorities of all LGBT people — of all ages, races, ethnic and language origins, nationalities, spiritualities, abilities and incomes — is a challenge that must be at the forefront of our movement." — Russell Roybal, Director of Movement Building, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Read more about the focus on racial and economic justice issues at Creating Change, to be held Nov. 8–12 in Kansas City, Mo.

[ English version ]     [ Spanish version ]


Bid on fabulous prizes

Through Nov. 3, you have the opportunity to participate in an online charity auction that will benefit the Task Force and the South Florida LGBT community. Simply register to bid on any of these fantastic auction items, all of which will be part of the 10th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner silent auction on Nov. 4.


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