July 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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You only have to read the headlines to know how important it is to protect and advance civil rights in this country. Fifty years ago, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the largest demonstration for jobs and freedom in the history of our nation. Bayard Rustin, an openly gay man, was one of the organizers in 1963. To honor his 100th birthday and to look to the future, we're gathering to recommit ourselves to equality and economic justice for all as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on August 24. Will you be there?

Heather Booth joined the Task Force in 1987, because she was "inspired by its vision of a society where we're all treated with dignity and respect. I loved the connecting of grassroots organizing and a presence in Washington, D.C., because we could take action for what we believed in. I've been an organizer since before I really knew what the word meant. As a movement we've learned this lesson again and again: If we organize we can change the world; but only if we organize, and that's what the Task Force stands for." Read the rest of Heather's history with the Task Force here.
We're super glad that all our wonderful members made June such a successful month for the Task Force. We asked people to contribute to our Pride Fund so we're able to continue all the work we do. Not only did we meet our $25,000 goal, we exceeded it! Just like us, our members know that there's nothing inevitable about LGBT equality — it's an ongoing battle. So thank you, thank you, thank you for giving so generously and helping us stay in and win the fight.
Ten years ago, the Task Force was in Oregon working on the "No on 36" campaign with Basic Rights Oregon (BRO). We lost that battle and the state's constitution was amended to define marriage as one man and one woman. In these past ten years, Basic Rights Oregon has continued to build a dynamic program that includes not only marriage but also trans and racial justice work. The Task Force is proud to be in Oregon again, working side-by-side with BRO until Election Day, making sure that marriage equality happens for Oregon.
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