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Task Force convenes historic gathering to address needs of aging LGBT population
Pride marches on!
Latino/a Coalition For Justice launches Web site
In the States


The Task Force in the News  

How Hispanics Became the New Gays

When young people hear repeatedly that gay couples aspiring to marital commitment are "undermining the moral fabric of the country, that stuff doesn't wash off," said Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman, as quoted in the June 11 New York Times column by Frank Rich.

Read the full  Frank Rich column.

Read Si Se Puede! Immigration is and needs to be a gay issue by Matt Foreman

Gays Want More from Dems on Marriage

"We are disappointed that more senators could not take an affirmative stand for gay and lesbian Americans," said Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman, as quoted in a June 13 front-page article in the San Francisco Chronicle .

Read the  full Chronicle story.


Task Force convenes historic gathering to address needs of aging LGBT population

LGBT leaders converged on Washington, D.C., on June 3 for the inaugural National LGBT Aging Roundtable. The historic meeting marks the first time advocates from across the United States have gathered to discuss aging issues and the impact on the nation’s aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.

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Pride marches on!

This past weekend the Task Force staffed booths at Pride celebrations in Austin, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., where we gave out stickers, fans and T-shirts while signing up folks to our mailing list. Pride-goers loved the Power is Sexy and Action is Hot branded items. Look for us in the coming weeks at Prides in West Virginia, San Francisco and Seattle!

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Latina/o Coalition For Justice launches Web site

The National Latino/a Coalition for Justice (NLCJ), which fights to end discrimination in marriage, has launched a new Web site: The coalition aims to achieve marriage equality by promoting comprehensive public education, organizing and media outreach while working with decision-makers and grassroots activists.



In the States:

The Task Force applauds the work of the Religious Coalition for Equality for its efforts to advance equality in Washington state. The group, an interfaith alliance of progressive religious people, has organized rally/lobby days to convince legislators and the public that not all religious people are anti-gay. Last week, opponents of a state law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity failed to gather enough voter signatures to force a public vote on the law.

We also applaud Missouri on its newly repealed sodomy law and on the June 7 declaration by Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon that the state's anti-gay foster care ban must be dropped. We offer special congratulations to our capacity-building partner, PROMO, and the ACLU on their outstanding work in achieving these victories.

And in New York, Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano issued an executive order last week making Westchester the first county in New York to recognize legally performed same-sex marriages. Westchester joins New York City, Nyack, Buffalo, Albany and Rochester in recognizing unions that have taken place in the one state, Massachusetts, and several countries, including Canada, that have legalized same-sex marriage.






Andrew Spano



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