National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
October 1, 2008

In the News:

Action Fund applauds American Airlines for
      inclusive ENDA stance
Task Force staffer addresses hate crimes
      at congressional briefing
Policy Institute announces new fellows
It’s About Time: LGBT Aging in a Changing World


Action Fund applauds American Airlines for inclusive ENDA stance

In a public letter to the U.S. Congress, American Airlines recently announced its public support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that includes sexual orientation and gender identity protections. The Task Force Action Fund commends American Airlines for its stance.

“At the Task Force, we make it a point to partner with companies we consider to be uncompromising leaders in the fight for LGBT equality. A longtime supporter of the Task Force, American Airlines was one of the first companies to implement domestic partner benefits and workplace nondiscrimination policies covering both sexual orientation and gender identity. By publicly supporting a fully inclusive ENDA, it moved its commitment to the LGBT community beyond the walls of the workplace and is truly demonstrating its corporate principles and values both inside and outside the workplace. We thank American Airlines for walking the walk and going that all-important extra step to ensure its LGBT employees and the rest of the LGBT community is protected by sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination policies.”
Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey

When booking your travel online with American Airlines, please reference the Task Force’s account number (527583) in the Business ExtrAA Account Number field to drive valuable reward miles back to the Task Force!


Task Force staffer addresses hate crimes at congressional briefing

Laurie Young, Ph.D., serving as acting director of the Task Force’s Public Policy & Government Affairs department, was part of a group of experts that spoke at a Sept. 22 congressional briefing on international and U.S. hate crimes targeting LGBT people. The briefing was hosted by Congress’ LGBT Equality Caucus.

In her remarks, Young highlighted crimes against transgender people, which she noted, “may or may not be recognized as hate crimes due to wide variation between states on the definition of who is covered under state laws on hate crimes.”

[ Read Young’s full remarks ]


Policy Institute announces new fellows

The Task Force Policy Institute has announced the selection of its 2008–2009 LGBT Fellows: New York-based journalist/researcher Kenyon Farrow and Seattle-based activist/MBA candidate Mala Nagarajan. The fellows’ projects will serve to advance the Policy Institute’s primary goals of equipping grassroots leaders with essential tools in the struggle to gain LGBT political power and creating new movement conversations and perspectives that lead to innovative strategies and fresh possibilities for change.

[ Learn more ]


It’s About Time: LGBT Aging in a Changing World

SAGE’s Fourth National Conference on LGBT Aging, sponsored by AARP, will be held October 12–14 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, N.Y. The conference will offer resources and networking opportunities to effectively address what LGBT aging will look like in the 21st century.

Laurie Young, Ph.D., the Task Force’s aging policy analyst and acting director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, will conduct a conference workshop on Oct. 14 to release a new publication titled Find the Dollars You Deserve — A Road Map to Federal Funding for Aging Services: Navigating the Federal Government for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations. Aging programs are primarily funded by the federal government, which passes funds to the state level for distribution to local communities. This presentation will provide a comprehensive path to securing federal funding for LGBT aging services.

[ Register for the conference ]


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