National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
November 29, 2006

In the News:

Creating Change video highlights on YouTube
Task Force commemorates losses
       in the transgender community
Celebrate women’s leadership on Nov. 30
In the states: New Jersey
Vote for We Belong


Creating Change video highlights on YouTube

Check out video highlights from the 19th annual Creating Change Conference on YouTube! Watch the full video of Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman’s compelling “State of the Movement” address and other highlights, including speeches by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Jolie Justus, the first openly gay person elected to the state Senate in Missouri.

You can also read Creating Change speeches by Matt Foreman and plenary speaker Loretta Ross (pictured), national coordinator and co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, and view event pictures at our Web photo gallery.


Task Force commemorates losses in the transgender community, celebrates victories for equality

The Task Force commemorated the International Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday, Nov. 20, by reflecting on the loss of members of the transgender community due to hate and prejudice.

[ Read the full statement ]

Also see “A Pastoral Letter and Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance” by the Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer, a member of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable and the executive health and wholeness advocacy minister for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns at Wider Church Ministries, United Church of Christ.


Celebrate women's leadership on Nov. 30

Please join us Thursday, Nov. 30, as we celebrate women’s leadership within the LGBT movement. The event will be held at the Task Force headquarters in Washington, D.C.


In the states: New Jersey

Garden State Equality’s 40 holiday parties in 40 legislative districts

On Dec. 5, at parties across New Jersey, Garden State Equality and its supporters will map out local grassroots strategies to advance LGBT equality. If you’d like to host a house party, contact Steven Goldstein at


Vote for We Belong

We Belong, a short video documentary about a small town gay teen who has the courage to stand up to bigotry and homophobic violence in his school, has been selected as a finalist in the national Seeds of Tolerance video competition to promote unlearning intolerance. The video and an article about it in the local paper have already caused an uproar in the town and surrounding area.

Your vote will help the message of We Belong to reach an audience of millions on Current TV and inspire other LGBT youth to tell their stories and fight discrimination in their schools and communities.

[ Cast your vote for We Belong ]

[ Learn more about the film and the issues ]


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