National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
February 21, 2007

In the News:

Task Force to NBA: Reach out to gay fans
Community loses two leaders:
       Barbara Gittings and Heather MacAllister
Winter Party FestivalSM is just days away!
Job opportunities at the Task Force


In wake of Tim Hardaway’s rant, Task Force calls on NBA to reach out to gay fans

“There’s a reason why not a single active NBA player has ever come out in the history of the league, and this is it.” — Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Matt Foreman’s response to retired Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway’s comments last week about hating gay people was reported by the Associated Press and picked up widely by media outlets, including the Miami Herald,,, and many more.

[ Read our statement and the Associated Press story ]

Meanwhile, Chip Arndt shared his thoughts on the Hardaway brouhaha in our OutSpoken blog.

[ Read and respond ]


Community loses two leaders: Barbara Gittings and Heather MacAllister

The Task Force mourns the loss of Barbara Gittings, 75, one of the most important pioneers of the modern LGBT rights movement, who died of breast cancer on Feb. 18. Her death was announced by her partner of 46 years, Kay Tobin Lahusen, and her friend and fellow activist, Philadelphia Gay News Publisher Mark Segal. Gittings formed the first New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis in 1958 and became editor of The Ladder in 1963. She, along with Frank Kameny and Task Force leaders, played a lead role in the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. She was also a Task Force board member from 1974–1977.

[ Read more ]

Photo caption: Pioneer gay rights activist Barbara Gittings at the first homosexual rights demonstration, Philadelphia, July 4, 1965. (Credit: Kay Tobin Lahusen)


Heather MacAllister, who died of ovarian cancer on Feb. 13, will be long remembered for her determination to connect class, race, faith, sexual and gender liberation and bodily freedom. MacAllister attended the Task Force’s Creating Change conferences, organizing workshops and caucus sessions on the topics of body image, fat liberation and domestic violence. In 2000, the Detroit-based Triangle Foundation appointed her its first field director. In 2002, she left her beloved home state of Michigan to move to San Francisco, where she founded Big Burlesque: the Original Fat-Bottom Revue and led dance and movement workshops for big women. MacAllister will be celebrated at services in San Francisco, Detroit and New York City on Feb. 25, her birthday.

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Photo caption: Heather MacAllister (right) and members of Fat-Bottom Revue (Credit: Leonard Nimoy, courtesy R. Michelson Galleries,


Winter Party FestivalSM is just days away!

The 14th Annual Winter Party FestivalSM — one of the world’s most renowned annual LGBT celebrations — kicks off Feb. 28 in Miami, with new programming for young people, people of faith and transgender people added to its already dynamic mix of events. This year’s festival, which runs to March 5, is themed “Beyond Borders” and includes world-class dance events with top DJs from six countries.

[ Get your tickets now ]


Job opportunities at the Task Force

Want to put your skills and talents to use to help advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality? If so, you might be interested in applying for one of the current job openings at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

Federal Legislative Director
New Media & E-Philanthropy Coordinator
Organizing & Training Project Director

Applications are now being accepted!


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