February 2013

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country's premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people, and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all.

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Tell President Obama to Ban Anti-LGBT Discrimination by Federal Contractors

Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which includes specific protections for LGBT, immigrant and Native American women. It passed by an overwhelming majority with a 78-22 vote, but now the House of Representatives is stalling. We need you to tell your representative to bring the Senate's bipartisan bill to a House floor vote. It's time for the House to pass this bill so that victims of violence don't have to wait for the support they so desperately need. Take action now!

2013 is the Task Force's 40th anniversary, and one of the many things we're doing to commemorate that is to focus on (and thank!) some of our long-time members. We have loyal members who've been supporting us for 10, 20, and even over 30 years. We're going to start with Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz, who have been members of the Task Force for over 30 years. Their story starts almost as far back as the Task Force's does: "We 'came out' in 1975, two years after the Task Force was founded…The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was the only national organization at the time, and we participated both financially and politically early on." You can read their full story and find out how important they think the work of the Task Force is right here.
We're glad about the awesome news that the Task Force is on the list of nonprofit groups that'll receive funds from CREDO Mobile in 2013! But how much we get depends on you. Voting is super easy, just go here and follow the directions to vote for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (in the civil rights category). CREDO phone members and CREDO Action members can participate. (Not a CREDO Action member? You can become one in a flash, and it's free.) Last year CREDO donated $2.7 million to various nonprofits. The more votes we get, the bigger our share of funding, so please vote today.
People usually think June when they think of weddings, but in the Task Force's history, February has been the month for marriage. In 2004, President Bush asked Congress to pass an anti-marriage amendment directed specifically at same-sex couples. Matt Foreman, the Task Force E.D. at the time, called this "a declaration of war on gay America." Eventually though, things began to move in a positive direction. Right now we have nine states that have full marriage equality, along with Washington, D.C. The Task Force has been part of all these wins and will continue the fight in every state for full marriage equality.
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