Timeline: Task Force’s long history of combating hate crimes against our community
Task Force works to secure hate crimes protections for community
The National Gay Task Force launches first anti-violence organizing project, headed by Kevin Berrill. The Task Force lobbies successfully for an unprecedented research workshop on anti-gay violence, led by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Victory in 2009: LGBT-inclusive federal hate crimes legislation achieved!
Oct. 28, 2009, our community saw the passage of the first LGBT-inclusive federal law: hate crimes legislation. The Task Force has been working to achieve this victory since forming its anti-violence project in 1982, and was on hand at the White House the day President Obama signed the bill into law.
Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey had this to say about the signing of the bill: