National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
September 18, 2008

In the News:

Survey launched on discrimination against gender
      non-conforming people
Legendary labor leader to address Creating Change Conference
Creating Change workshop proposal deadline nears
Star-studded Los Angeles Leadership Awards this weekend!
Homecoming weekend with S.O.N.G.
Task Force in the News


Survey launched on discrimination against gender non- conforming people

Task Force on the way to gathering largest sample in U.S. history

In the wake of one of the most violent years on record of assaults on transgender people, and at a time when we are building support for a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have launched the first time ever comprehensive national survey to collect data on discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people in housing, employment, public accommodations, healthcare, education, family life and criminal justice. Already over 2,000 people have taken the survey.

Do you identify as gender non-conforming in any way? Take the survey! Record your experience and be a part of this historic effort. We want the survey to capture the full spectrum of gender expressions in our communities and record how prejudice and discrimination starts and then affects that very broad spectrum of people. Forward the survey on to others who’ll want to participate!

[ Respond to the survey online ]
[ Read more about the survey ]


Dolores Huerta, legendary labor leader, to address the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change!

Co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union and legendary social justice heroine and labor leader Dolores Huerta will address the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 in Denver, Colo.

[ Get all the details ]


Creating Change workshop proposal deadline Sept. 30, 2008!

Don’t miss your chance to submit your idea for a workshop at this year’s National Conference for LGBT Equality: Creating Change! Everything you need to know about the conference, including the guidelines for session proposals and the online submission form, can be found at Remember, you have less than two weeks before the deadline.

[ Go right to the workshop proposals page ]


Star-studded Los Angeles Leadership Awards this weekend

Join us on this Sunday, Sept. 21, for the 2008 Los Angeles Leadership Awards. We’ll be honoring Sid Sheinberg and Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks and Gus Van Sant, the creative team behind the upcoming bio-pic MILK, about the life of Harvey Milk. You’ll also hear all about our work to defeat Proposition 8 and preserve our freedom to marry in California. And whether you can join us on Sept. 21 or not, you can support the Task Force and pay tribute to these amazing honorees by making a contribution to the event. Ticket sales end on Friday, so get yours NOW at


Southerners on New Ground hold Homecoming Weekend

“S.O.N.G. envisions a world where the triple shift factory worker and the drag queen at the bar down the block see their lives as connected and work together for liberation.”

Returning and new family members are invited to S.O.N.G.’s southern style Homecoming Weekend: “What We Know For Sure — 15 Years of LGBTQ Living, Loving and Organizing in the South,” in Durham, N.C. this weekend, Sept. 19–21. Come and help celebrate S.O.N.G.’s 15 years of building and amplifying Southern LGBTQ organizing for liberation.

[ Learn more and support S.O.N.G.’s groundbreaking work ]


Hot off the presses: Task Force in the News

From the Associated Press to Gay City News, from the Christian Post to Pam’s House Blend — read what the media are saying about the Task Force’s advocacy efforts for the LGBT community.

[ Read the latest news ]


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