National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
November 7, 2006

Watch for our Election Special Update tomorrow!

In the News:

Bill Clinton makes a surprise appearance
      at Miami Recognition Dinner
Marriage showdown at People For the
      American Way tomorrow
Task Force organizers report from the field


Bill Clinton makes a surprise appearance at Miami Recognition Dinner

Former President Bill Clinton surprised 650-plus attendees and made headlines when he showed up at the 10th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner on Saturday. Clinton, who was in South Florida to campaign for Democratic candidates, arrived at the event around 8 p.m., where he greeted NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, one of the evening’s honorees, and then shook hands with numerous attendees.

The Miami Recognition Dinner honored Bond, who received the evening's National Leadership Award, and local honorees TWN, recipient of the Community Service Award, and philanthropist Bob Cole, recipient of the Miami Herald Humanitarian Award. In his keynote address, Bond lambasted the tactics of opponents of marriage equality for same-sex couples. The event raised more than $270,000, two-thirds of which the Task Force will donate to organizations serving the Miami-Dade lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.


Marriage showdown at People For the American Way tomorrow

Same-sex marriage: A question of equal rights or an attempt by progressives to hijack a fundamentally religious institution? On Wednesday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m., People For the American Way (PFAW) Foundation and Young People For will host a two-part discussion pitting Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman against nationally syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher ( for election analysis and a marriage debate.

Don’t miss this event, to be held at PFAW’s northeast regional office:
149 5th Avenue (at 21st Street), 7th floor, New York City.

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Task Force organizers report from the field

As the clock ticked down to Election Day, Task Force staff shared their perspectives on the work they’ve witnessed and been a part of on local campaigns.

[ Read the full dispatches ]


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