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News from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF).  The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.

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October, 2014

LGBT Equality Champion Attorney General Holder Announces Resignation

LGBT Equality Champion Attorney General Holder Announces Resignation
WASHINGTON, DC, - Sept. 25, 2014 -- The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced his resignation as the head of the Department of Justice. In response, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released the following statement: 
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Task Force Saddened by Tennessee Transgender Woman's Murder, Calls for End to Violence Against All Women

Task Force Saddened by Tennessee Transgender Woman's Murder, Calls for End to Violence Against All Women
WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 18, 2014 -- Earlier this month, Alejandra Leos was murdered in front of her home in Memphis, Tennessee. Alejandra's death is the latest of the tragic string of homicides targeting transgender women throughout the country, taking place in states such as California, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
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Today's discharge petition on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with narrow religious exemption

Today's discharge petition on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with narrow religious exemption
WASHINGTON, DC: Sept. 17, 2014 -- "This is a great victory in the work to end employment discrimination for LGBT people once and for all. The new, fair version of ENDA that the Task Force and many others in the LGBT community have been calling for has now emerged in the US House with both strong protections for LGBT employees and a new reasonable religious exemption -- treating LGBT people the same as other protected classes. Thank you Leader Pelosi and US Representative Polis for your moral and political leadership in moving this forward. LGBT people need strong protections from discrimination and we have waited too long for anything less. Legal equality is legal equality. We urge law makers to seize this moment and support the discharge petition."
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September, 2014

Detroit Transgender Women Targeted in Possible Hate Crimes

Detroit Transgender Women Targeted in Possible Hate Crimes
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 22, 2014 -- The Detroit police department has announced they are investigating the shooting of three transgender women that took place earlier this week. While two victims survived the shootings, the third unidentified transgender woman died. Police report all incidents to have taken place in the Palmer Park area and suspect them to be possible hate crimes
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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Marriage Equality Bans in Wisconsin and Indiana

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Marriage Equality Bans in Wisconsin and Indiana
WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 4, 2014 -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has struck down marriage equality bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. In response, the National Gay and Lesbian Task has released the following statement:
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Federal Court in Florida Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

Federal Court in Florida Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 21, 2014 -- Today, a federal district court in Tallahassee, Florida ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. Florida's Attorney General is expected to appeal the decision. As such, the federal judge issued a stay on the case.
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Task Force Calls for Thorough Probe into Possible Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson, Missouri

Task Force Calls for Thorough Probe into Possible Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson, Missouri
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 15, 2014 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is calling on the President and the Justice Department to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, last Saturday. As a result of Michael's death, local community activists initiated protests, in which local police responded with alleged excessive force and illegally arresting members of the media.
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Task Force Lauds American Bar Association's New Policy Supporting LGBTQ Rights

Task Force Lauds American Bar Association's New Policy Supporting LGBTQ Rights
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 20, 2014 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is congratulating the American Bar Association (ABA) for adopting a resolution in support of LGBTQ rights.
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Task Force Mourns Loss, Celebrates Life of LGBTQ Community Leader Andrew Cray

Task Force Mourns Loss, Celebrates Life of LGBTQ Community Leader Andrew Cray
WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 3, 2014 -- At the end of last week, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force learned about the passing of Andrew Cray, who was selected by the organization as a 2009 Holley Law Fellow and also served as a founding member of Trans Legal Advocates of Washington (TransLAW) - an organization that provides legal assistance to the transgender community in the DC area.
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August, 2014

Major Wins: Two Federal Agencies Announce New Policies to Include LGBTQ People

Major Wins: Two Federal Agencies Announce New Policies to Include LGBTQ People
WASHINGTON, DC, July 29, 2014 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is celebrating a double win for equality with important policy announcements from federal agencies. The Office of Personnel Management published a final rule updating its nondiscrimination policy. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced its new "LGBT Vision for Action," which provides a framework for the agency's ongoing and new projects to serve LGBTQ communities worldwide.
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Over 200 Participants Attend Transgender Lobby Day in Nation's Capitol

Over 200 Participants Attend Transgender Lobby Day in Nation's Capitol
WASHINGTON, DC: July 16, 2014 -- Over 200 people from across the country traveled to Washington this week to participate in yesterday's Transgender Lobby Day. In addition to meeting with their members of Congress, participants also took part in a daylong training consisting of workshops and round table discussions on a variety of issues affecting transgender people. The event was organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund and the National Center for Transgender Equality with Trans People of Color Coalition, Coalicion Trans Latin@, Black Trans Men Inc., Black Trans Women Inc., and Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
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Statement from National Gay and Lesbian Action Fund on HR Res. 678

Statement from National Gay and Lesbian Action Fund on HR Res. 678
WASHINGTON, DC: July 23, 2014 "Thank you Congressman Polis for listening and acting on our deeply held concerns. We are extremely pleased to see a revised version of ENDA emerge in the US House with both strong protections for LGBT employees and new reasonable religious exemption language that we have been calling for - treating LGBT people the same as other protected classes. LGBT people need strong protections from discrimination; we have waited too long for anything less. Legal equality is legal equality, and now that President Obama has signed the LGBT federal contractor and federal employee executive order, it's time for Congress to finish the job and pass legislation that would protect all LGBT workers from discrimination. We urge law makers to seize this moment to create long-lasting change."
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Task Force Action Fund Celebrates Introduction of Landmark Health Equity Bill

Task Force Action Fund Celebrates Introduction of Landmark Health Equity Bill
WASHINGTON, DC: July 30, 2014 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund is celebrating the introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2014 by the Congressional Tri-Caucus and lead sponsor Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40).
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Task Force Action Fund Says No to ENDA

Task Force Action Fund Says No to ENDA
WASHINGTON, DC: July 8 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund today announced that it is withdrawing its support for the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The decision comes as broad religious exemptions, such as the one in ENDA, are creating gaping legal loopholes to discriminate in federal, state and local legislation.
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Task Force Applauds USDA Adoption of Transgender Protections

Task Force Applauds USDA Adoption of Transgender Protections
WASHINGTON, DC, July 17, 2014 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for adding gender identity protections to its federal non-discrimination regulations regarding programs or activities conducted by the department.  The USDA is the first federal agency to issue federal regulations that ban gender identity discrimination in all activities conducted by any employee of the department.
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Task Force Calls for Swift Investigation into Recent String of Murders of Transgender Women in Baltimore

Task Force Calls for Swift Investigation into Recent String of  Murders of Transgender Women in Baltimore
WASHINGTON, DC, July 17, 2014 -- Yesterday, Baltimore City Police announced they are investigating the murder of Mia Henderson, a transgender woman and sister of NBA player Reggie Bullock. The murder of Ms. Henderson is the latest in a string of Baltimore area homicides in the last two months in which transgender women have been killed.
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Task Force Calls on U.S. Sentencing Commission to Treat All LGBT Prisoners Fairly

Task Force Calls on U.S. Sentencing Commission to Treat All LGBT Prisoners Fairly
WASHINGTON, DC, July 16, 2014 -- In April, the U.S. Sentencing Commission unanimously passed the "All Drugs Minus Two Amendment," which reduces sentences for most defendants -- about 70% -- accused of drug trafficking. The Commission is now considering whether to make the new policy retroactive. The National Gay and LesbianTask Force led a coalition of LGBT and civil rights organizations in urging the Commission to apply the new policy to all previously sentenced defendants. The memo the coalition sent to the Commission underscores the importance of this issue to LGBT people, who are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system.
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Task Force Outraged by Report of FBI Surveillance of Muslim Community Leaders

Task Force Outraged by Report of FBI Surveillance of Muslim Community Leaders
WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is deeply concerned over reports that the FBI has targeted U.S. Citizens for surveillance on the basis that their religious identity is evidence of terrorist activity.
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Task Force signs Equality Michigan petition to change Michigan Womyn's Music Festival position on transgender women

Task Force signs Equality Michigan petition to change Michigan Womyn's Music Festival position on transgender women
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 4, 2014 -- "As an organization with a core value of inclusiveness, the Task Force believes that the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival's 'womyn born womyn' intention, to the exclusion of transgender women, must end. The Festival is out of step with the LGBTQ community and movement's vision of diversity and inclusion. It also runs at variance with welcoming and respecting the reality of all women's lives. We agree with our partners at Equality Michigan and the many activists both inside and outside the festival who have raised this important issue for over two decades. As it approaches its 40th year, the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival must include and welcome transgender women. It's past time for a change in both intention and practice at the Festival, as a matter of love, compassion and radical welcome embraced by the Task Force and countless others." -- Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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Task Force Welcomes Castro Confirmation

Task Force Welcomes Castro Confirmation
WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is welcoming the confirmation of Julian Castro as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
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Task Force: Malaysian Airlines disaster and 20th International AIDS Conference

Task Force: Malaysian Airlines disaster and 20th International AIDS Conference
WASHINGTON, DC, July 22, 2014 -- "Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in the Malaysian Airlines disaster. We stand with the friends, colleagues and loved ones of those that were on board flight MH17 heading to the International AIDS Conference taking place this week in Melbourne, Australia.
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Victory in Florida: Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel overturns Florida's same-sex marriage ban

Victory in Florida: Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel overturns Florida's same-sex marriage ban
WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2014 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is celebrating the decision by a circuit judge to strike down Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
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VICTORY: President to take executive action to protect LGBTQ federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors

VICTORY: President to take executive action to protect LGBTQ federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors
WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2014 — "This decision is good for LGBT people, good for our economy and good for America. It also speaks volumes about President Obama's resolve to end discrimination in all its guises. Millions more LGBT workers and their families will have the employment protections and economic security they need and deserve.  Many organizations have worked extremely hard for this day and they all deserve thanks for this successful effort.  We appreciate President Obama treating LGBT people equally with other protected groups. Thank you Mr. President for once again showing leadership and standing firm on your commitment to LGBT people and their families."
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Victory: state same-sex marriage ban struck down in Florida Keys

Victory: state same-sex marriage ban struck down in Florida Keys
WASHINGTON, DC, July 17, 2014 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is celebrating the decision by a judge to strike down Florida's same-sex marriage ban as it pertains to the Florida Keys.
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Win for equality: effort to repeal Houston Human Rights Ordinance fails

Win for equality: effort to repeal Houston Human Rights Ordinance fails
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 5, 2014 -- Yesterday, opponents of Houston's Human Rights Ordinance failed to garner enough signatures to get the ordinance on the ballot.
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July, 2014

Another Victory: Judge strikes down Indiana same-sex marriage ban

Another Victory: Judge strikes down Indiana same-sex marriage ban
WASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force welcomes yet another victory for marriage equality, this time in Indiana.
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Another Victory: Task Force applauds DOL Family Medical Leave Act decision

Another Victory: Task Force applauds DOL Family Medical Leave Act decision
WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2014:  The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force welcomes the decision by the Department of Labor to extend Family and Medical Leave Act protections to all eligible employees in same-sex marriages.
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Appeals Court Victory: Utah's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Appeals Court Victory: Utah's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
WASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is describing a marriage equality Appeals Court ruling as "very significant." The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against Utah's same-sex marriage ban is the first time a Federal Appeals Court has weighed-in on same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year.
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Task Force Action Fund give AG's report an A grade

Task Force Action Fund give AG's report an A grade
WASHINGTON, DC: June 20 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is giving Attorney General Eric Holder's report on progress in extending federal benefits to same-sex married couples top marks for the tireless efforts to bring full equality to the LGBTQ community.
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Task Force Hails Historic Presbyterian Church (USA) Marriage Decisions

Task Force Hails Historic Presbyterian Church (USA) Marriage Decisions
WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 19, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is welcoming today's overwhelming marriage equality votes by the country's largest Presbyterian denomination. The first vote allows clergy to begin performing same-sex marriages immediately in marriage equality states. The second vote changes the marriage language in the church's constitution from "one man and one woman" to "two persons."
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Task Force welcomes confirmation of new federal judges

Task Force welcomes confirmation of new federal judges
WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 18, 2014:  The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is welcoming the confirmation of two new openly LGBTQ federal judges, Darrin Gayles and Staci Yandle.
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Task Force: Congress must restore Voting Rights Act

Task Force: Congress must restore Voting Rights Act
WASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force urges Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act, significant portions of which were struck down by the Supreme Court a year ago today.
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Task Force: Hobby Lobby Ruling: bad for our health, dangerous precedent

Task Force: Hobby Lobby Ruling: bad for our health, dangerous precedent
WASHINGTON, DC, June 30, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is describing today's Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling as bad for our health and a dangerous precedent.
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Task Force: Supreme Court Harris v. Quinn ruling harmful to workers and families across the country

Task Force: Supreme Court Harris v. Quinn ruling harmful to workers and families across the country
WASHINGTON, DC, June 30, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is expressing its disappointment in the Supreme Court's decision in Harris v. Quinn to roll back the rights of hardworking public sector employees.
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VA Victory: Task Force welcomes VA rule change recognizing Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions

VA Victory: Task Force welcomes VA rule change recognizing Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions
WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 6, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds a new rule released today by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that will provide Burial Benefits to domestic partners and civil union partners. The Task Force recommended the change to VA in January, and LGBTQ veterans and their families will start to receive payments this year.
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June, 2014

Brown v. Board of Education ruling 60 years on

Brown v. Board of Education ruling 60 years on
WASHINGTON, DC, May 15: "The Brown ruling is as relevant today as it was 60 years ago. As we mark this important anniversary, we don't have to look too far to realize that the racist roots of segregation are sadly still alive and well. From the outrageous ranting of an NBA team owner to the appalling 'Stand Your Ground' laws that are used to justify slaying young black men. Yet, despite all the evidence and the reality of people's lives, some believe, including some members of the Supreme Court, that we now live in a 'color blind' society where racism no longer exists. This fiction is leading to some extremely damaging High Court decisions such as the gutting of the Voting Rights Act last year.
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Celebrate Pride with more progress

Celebrate Pride with more progress
WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 6, 2014:  The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is calling on all leaders to celebrate Pride month by making more progress for LGBTQ freedom and justice.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force celebrates the National Park Service's LGBT History Initiative

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force celebrates the National Park Service's LGBT History Initiative
WASHINGTON, DC, May 30, 2014: Today Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced an initiative to highlight places of LGBTQ historical significance.
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Task Force mourns the passing of literary giant and civil rights advocate Maya Angelou

Task Force mourns the passing of literary giant and civil rights advocate Maya Angelou
WASHINGTON, DC: May 28, "Maya Angelou created the poetry of people's lives in the struggle for civil rights. Her ability to communicate the pain of racism, the triumph of the human spirit, and hope for those who have not yet tasted true freedom and justice will live forever. We will miss her unique presence on our national stage, using her considerable talents to move our hearts, minds and long lasting change." - Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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Task Force welcomes Harvey Milk Stamp

Task Force welcomes Harvey Milk Stamp
WASHINGTON, DC: May 21 -- Tomorrow, the late Harvey Milk will have a US postage stamp dedicated to him at a White House ceremony. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force along with the International Imperial Court System and the Harvey Milk Foundation have been working together for the past seven years to honor Milk with a stamp.
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Task Force welcomes Obama nominations

Task Force welcomes Obama nominations
WASHINGTON, DC: May 27, "Shaun Donovan has shown extraordinary leadership and commitment to LGBTQ equality during his tenure as Housing Secretary. Perhaps most significantly, Secretary Donovan took the stage at the 2013 National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change and announced the groundbreaking Equal Access Rule that bars LGBTQ discrimination in all federally-funded housing programs. He will make an excellent director of the Office of Management and Budget.
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Victory against discrimination in Pocatello, Idaho

Victory against discrimination in Pocatello, Idaho
POCATELLO, ID: May 21 -- The voters of Pocatello, Idaho have defeated a ballot measure that was designed to roll-back the city's anti-dscrimination ordinance. Pocatello City Council passed a non-discrimination ordinance last year; equality opponents placed the measure to repeal the popular ordinance on the ballot.
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VICTORY: Medicare Removes Discriminatory Ban on Transition-Related Surgeries

VICTORY: Medicare Removes Discriminatory Ban on Transition-Related Surgeries
WASHINGTON, DC, May 30, 2014: Today, the Department Appeals Board at the Department of Health and Human Services issued a ruling invaliding the decades-old discriminatory Medicare policy excluding transition-related surgeries from Medicare coverage. The Task Force has been a leader in working with federal agencies to end the exclusion of transition-related care in all health policies, and this ruling is the latest win in a long battle to secure full equality for transgender people in the health context.
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May, 2014

New Queer Our Taxes Campaign calls for Taxation with LGBT Representation

New Queer Our Taxes Campaign calls for Taxation with LGBT Representation
WASHINGTON, Apr 15 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is launching a new campaign to have the tax system more fairly reflect the reality of LGBT lives. Queer Our Taxes, a follow-up to the organization's landmark 2013 Queer the Census Campaign, urges two key changes to the tax system that could put more money in the pockets of low-income LGBT families and give the economy a much-needed multi-million dollar boost.   
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Task Force Commends Secretary Sebelius on her Commitment to LGBT Equality

Task Force Commends Secretary Sebelius on her Commitment to LGBT Equality
WASHINGTON, Apr 11 -- "We thank Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for her longstanding commitment to LGBT equality and her leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services. Under her direction, we have seen unparalleled advances in the health arena for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Because of her hard work and dedication, in every state across the country, LGBT people can buy health insurance plans that don't discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. We've also seen data collection efforts begin, cultural competency among health providers increasing, and LGBT health issues becoming an integral part of the national conversation about eliminating health disparities. Pending her Senate confirmation, we look forward to working with President Obama's nominee to replace Secretary Sebelius, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, and hope she will continue the leadership HHS has shown on LGBT issues." - Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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Task Force: U.S. Senate Must Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

Task Force: U.S. Senate Must Pass Paycheck Fairness Act
WASHINGTON, Apr 9 -- "It's vital that the US Senate pass the Paycheck Fairness Act today. Time is money and hard-working women and their families shouldn't have to wait a second longer to be paid the same as men. The president signed two very important executive orders yesterday to help deliver pay equality — but he shouldn't have to do all the heavy lifting on this issue. Congress must stop stalling and recognize that the time for pay equality is long overdue." Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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The Task Force: Supreme Court College Admissions Decision Bad for America

The Task Force: Supreme Court College Admissions Decision Bad for America
WASHINGTON, Apr 24 -- "Last year the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, despite the fact that racism clearly still exists in almost every aspect of our democracy. This week the Court in it's Michigan decision dealt a major blow to our nation's efforts to promote diversity and eliminate racism in our higher education system, at a time when people of color are still underrepresented in colleges the length and breadth of our land. And, in another decision this week with regard to search and seizure, the Court made it easier for law enforcement to stop people without any hard evidence, perhaps making racial profiling more prevalent. This is a very disturbing pattern based apparently on the misguided idea that we now live in a 'color blind' country. Reality shows us that we don't. The minority opinion in the Michigan case is an eloquent reality check on race and the urgent need for a more diverse bench." Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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April, 2014

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the death of Rev Fred Phelps

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the death of Rev Fred Phelps
WASHINGTON, DC Mar 20 -- "Fred Phelps will not be missed by the LGBT community, people with HIV/AIDS and the millions of decent people across the world who found what he and his followers do deeply hurtful and offensive. Through his actions, he brought needless pain and suffering to thousands of families, including to military families, at their time of greatest pain and grieving. While it is hard to find anything good to say about his views or actions, we do give our condolences to his family members at what must be a painful time for them." Rev Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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Task Force Action Fund: Maryland Anti-Discrimination Victory

Task Force Action Fund: Maryland Anti-Discrimination Victory
WASHINGTON, DC Mar 27 -- "This is an enormous victory in the long struggle to end discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Marylanders are against discrimination because of who you are and who you love - and they now have a law that fully reflects this strongly held value. What happened in Maryland will be an inspiration to millions who yearn for a day when our nation is free from the scourge of discrimination in all its forms. Today's victory is also the culmination of many years of hard work -- building support from the grassroots up, moving hearts and minds, and securing the votes for passage. It would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Equality Maryland and Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality. We would also like to thank those members and leaders in the Maryland House and Senate who worked so hard to advance and pass this legislation. We now look forward to Governor O'Malley's expected signature." Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
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Task Force Action Fund: Mississippi Discrimination Law

Task Force Action Fund: Mississippi Discrimination Law
WASHINGTON, DC April 2 -- "We are very disappointed that Mississippi lawmakers have passed this 'license to discriminate' legislation and with Governor Bryant's decision to sign this bill. This new law both cynically uses religion as a smokescreen to justify discrimination and insults people of faith who feel that discrimination is morally wrong. When he signs this bill, businesses in the state of Mississippi could turn away people who are (or are thought to be) lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Most Americans are against discrimination and will be appalled by this new law. The governor decision's sends a clear and extreme message to the country and the world that LGBT people and our straight allies are not welcome in Mississippi."
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Task Force: New HHS Guidance to Help End LGBT Health Insurance Discrimination

Task Force: New HHS Guidance to Help End LGBT Health Insurance Discrimination
WASHINGTON, Mar. 14  "Many same-sex married couples and their families are hurting right now because they've been refused access to more affordable family health insurance plans. Today's important HHS announcement will help remove this type of discrimination by requiring the health insurance industry to treat us the same as straight married couples -- even if the states where we live do not recognize marriage equality. While insurers are not required to be in compliance with the new rules until January 2015, we urge the industry to act now -- as affordable health care delayed is affordable health care denied." Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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March, 2014

Action Fund Statement on Attorney General Holder's Announcement

Action Fund Statement on Attorney General Holder's Announcement
WASHINGTON, DC Feb 10 - "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families experience discrimination in every part and at every step of the judicial process -- from law enforcement, to courts, to prisons. This weekend's very significant announcement means that same-sex married couples and their families must be treated equally in every program administered by the federal Department of Justice across the entire country. This is very good news for the advancement of equality. We applaud Attorney General Holder for his bold leadership for loving couples and for LGBT people on a range of issues." Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Federal Ruling Striking Down Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Federal Ruling Striking Down Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26  -- "Everything is bigger in Texas and this ruling is an enormous leap forward for same-sex couples in the Lone Star State. Every time a judge strikes down a same-sex marriage ban, is yet another nail in the coffin of discrimination. It also hastens the day when all loving couples who simply want the ability to share the benefits and responsibilities of marriage can. While this ruling will now go to a higher court, and marriages in Texas will not happen immediately, this is a great day for love, freedom and justice."  Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Trayvon Martin 2-Year Anniversary

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Trayvon Martin 2-Year Anniversary
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26  -- "On this day two years ago, Trayvon Martin was gunned down by a vigilante who used a highly questionable Florida law to successfully defend himself against the indefensible."    
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the Arizona Discrimination Bill

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the Arizona Discrimination Bill
WASHINGTON, DC Feb 21 -- "This bill cynically uses religion as a smokescreen to justify discrimination. It also has the unfortunate effect of signaling that LGBT customers are not welcome in Arizona -- at a time when our economy is still recovering. We urge Governor Brewer, who was a business owner, to use her power to veto this terrible bill." Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the passage of Maryland Senate Bill SB 212 that would ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the passage of Maryland Senate Bill SB 212 that would ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression
WASHINGTON, DC Mar 5 -- "This is a very exciting development for Maryland and for the many many people who have fought so hard to end discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Marylanders and Americans are against discrimination because of who you are and who you love -- and they want to see action. The passage of SB212 has been many years in the making and we applaud the Maryland Senate for their vote -- and their speedy debate -- on this popular issue. This would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Equality Maryland and Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality. We urge the Maryland House to pass this vital legislation now." Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on Governor Jan Brewer's veto

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on Governor Jan Brewer's veto
WASHINGTON, DC Feb 26 -- "We thank Governor Brewer for her decision to veto this outrageous measure -- a law that if enacted would be bad for Arizona people and the Arizona economy. In doing so, she has stopped a bill that both cynically uses religion as a smokescreen to justify discrimination and insults people of faith who feel that discrimination is morally wrong. This decision sends a clear message that extremism is totally unacceptable to people of all political persuasions." Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
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Task Force Action Fund: President Obama's Executive Order

Task Force Action Fund: President Obama's Executive Order
WASHINGTON, DC Feb 12 -- "At a time when many people (including a disproportionately high number of LGBT people) and their families face poverty, we are pleased that the President has signed today's executive order to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers. But to further help LGBT individuals and  families, the President also needs to sign an executive order that bans discrimination against the same contract workers who are LGBT. Congress must pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and legislation to raise the minimum wage but the President must act when the American people want  this change and Congress flatly refuses to do so." Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
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February, 2014

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund Statement on the President's State of the Union Address

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund Statement on the President's State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, DC Jan 28 - "The President is right to urge congress to fix our broken immigration system this year, the creation of more jobs, equal pay for women, and the restoration of the Voting Rights Act. We are also pleased that the President is using his pen like he said he would to move things forward: in this instance by signing an executive order to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers. However, he must go further and sign an executive order that bans discrimination against the same contract workers who are LGBT. The irony is that some LGBT federal contract workers will get a pay raise but they could still be fired for who they are and who they love. The longer the President waits the more damage LGBT people will face;  discrimination is a painful reality that is too often the lived experience of LGBT people.  The President has to act when Congress won't." - Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Gov. Chris Christie's veto of transgender birth certificate bill

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Gov. Chris Christie's veto of transgender birth certificate bill
WASHINGTON, Jan 14 - "Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill that makes it easier for transgender people to amend their birth certificates shows how out of touch he is with the lives of LGBT people and our allies. This was an opportunity to separate himself from the extreme right. Instead he seems to want to be the politician who erects obstacles rather than someone who tears them down. We applaud our partners at Garden State Equality for their hard work to get this vital legislation passed."
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Judge William Thomas

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Judge William Thomas
"We need more diversity in the federal judiciary, not less and it's disappointing that Judge William Thomas was not included among the nominees the White House submitted to the Senate this week. Judge Thomas is an eminently qualified jurist and, if confirmed, would have been the first openly gay black male to serve on the federal bench. Senator Marco Rubio's procedural maneuvering to stop this nominee was unacceptable and harmful given that the vacancy on the Southern District Court of Florida has been classified as a judicial emergency. Senator Rubio's actions are in no way helpful to the people of Florida."
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the federal court ruling that Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the federal court ruling that Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional
"Marriage equality should not be a blue state/red state issue. This important federal court ruling brings the right and option of marriage closer for LGBT Oklahomans and for millions of other LGBT couples who simply yearn for equality."
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the Introduction of the Voting Rights Amendment Act

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the Introduction of the Voting Rights Amendment Act
"Today's introduction of the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act will restore the heart of the landmark civil rights legislation, so unceremoniously gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. You only had to watch the voter suppression tactics against people of color in the last election to see why the law passed in the 1960s is still absolutely relevant and essential today in delivering justice and a free and fair democracy. We commend US Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner and John Conyers Jr. and Senator Patrick Leahy for championing this vital legislation."
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on CeCe McDonald, released today from prison

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on CeCe McDonald, released today from prison
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 -- "CeCe McDonald's plight is evidence again that our criminal justice system must be reformed. Most people would find it unthinkable that a woman would be imprisoned in a jail for men. As our report 'Injustice at  Every Turn' shows, trans women of color such as CeCe face shocking  levels of physical violence and discrimination by the police, the courts and the prison system. The truth is CeCe McDonald shouldn't have spent any time behind bars in the face of racist, homophobic, and transphobic slurs and the physical attack on her. The actions she took clearly appeared to be actions of self-defense. Her story should be a wake-up call for our nation."
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the marriage in California of Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the marriage in California of Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard
"Congratulations to Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard on their marriage. Mayor Parker is an extraordinary leader for freedom and justice for all. We look forward to seeing her at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Annual Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Houston, Texas, January 29 - February 2, 2014."
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Washington, DC Feb 7- "As Team USA goes for gold, know that millions of LGBT fans around the nation and across the world are cheering you on to win big -and we'll all be watching to see how our LGBT brothers and sisters are treated in Russia. The Olympics is in many ways a global family reunion, a place where people can learn how to live, respect and value each other. We call on all the nations that persecute LGBT people including Russia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia to learn from the spirit of the Olympics and to stop their oppressive policies now."- Rev Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force State of the Movement Address

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force State of the Movement Address
Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force State of the Movement Address, Rea Carey, Task Force, Executive Director Delivered, Friday January 31, 2014 at the 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, Houston, Texas
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January, 2014

Federal judge strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban

Federal judge strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 --The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force celebrates the ruling by a federal judge today that Utah's Amendment 3 is unconstitutional. The ruling has not been stayed and couples are applying for marriage licenses now, making Utah the 18th state with the freedom to marry.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds confirmations of various officials by U.S. Senate

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds confirmations of various officials by U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the recent confirmations by the U.S. Senate of Chai Feldblum as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Rep. Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Cornelia Pillard to serve as judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 
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New Mexico Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision

New Mexico Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 --The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force celebrates the decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court to grant the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. The court unanimously ruled that New Mexico is "constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law." New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia with marriage equality.
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the Supreme Court's decision to put a hold on same-sex marriages in Utah

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the Supreme Court's decision to put a hold on same-sex marriages in Utah
"The decision by the US Supreme Court to put a hold on same-sex marriages in Utah is very disappointing. Same-sex married couples in the Beehive State are now stuck in legal limbo, waiting to see if the courts respect their rights. We urge the lower courts to extend marriage rights immediately. Every same-sex couple in Utah should have the same right and freedom to marry as their opposite-sex neighbors."
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on International Human Rights Day

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on International Human Rights Day
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- "As we celebrate International Human Rights Day, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the United States has much to celebrate. Yet every victory we achieve, makes clearer the inequalities that remain -- the painful gap between progress and true freedom. Today, in 2013, we can still be fired for who we are and who we love. We can be separated from our families because of our broken immigration system. We can still be turned away at the polling station because of our gender identity and the color of our skin. We have much more to do, around the world and right here at home." -- Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the death of Nelson Mandela

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the death of Nelson Mandela
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- "Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to the millions of people who yearn for freedom across the world. With great personal sacrifice, he fought Apartheid and state-sanctioned racism. His principled approach, his willingness to reach out to former enemies, led to the introduction of multi-party democracy and real change in South Africa. Indeed, South Africa's post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. His legacy is hope; hope that people can achieve peace and freedom in a world with more than its fair share of conflict."- Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Uganda's New Draconian Anti-LGBT Legislation

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Uganda's New Draconian Anti-LGBT Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Today the Ugandan Parliament passed a bill that would punish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with life in prison.
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The Task Force Action Fund welcomes President Obama's statement on the Affordable Care Act

The Task Force Action Fund welcomes President Obama's statement on the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- President Barack Obama this week reaffirmed that he will fight to make the Affordable Care Act (ACA) work despite opposition from those against quality health care for all. 
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December, 2013

Attempted Suicide Rate for Multiracial Transgender People Thirty-three Times Higher than General Population

Attempted Suicide Rate for Multiracial Transgender People Thirty-three Times Higher than General Population
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Racism and transphobia are deeply impacting the lives of multiracial (people of more than one race) transgender people in the US according to a new factsheet co-created by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and The Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC).
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Huge Historic Victory: U.S. Senate passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Huge Historic Victory: U.S. Senate passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund celebrates the "huge victory" today in the U.S. Senate when it passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with a vote of 64 to 32. 
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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the National Days to Act, Fast, and Pray for Immigration Reform

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the National Days to Act, Fast, and Pray for Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- "The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force stands in solidarity with those who are fasting for fair immigration reform. We are united with these friends and allies in demanding justice for the over 11 million undocumented immigrants - more than a quarter of a million of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender - who long for a pathway to citizenship and access to the American Dream. Fasting is an age-old practice in many faith traditions that seeks to draw attention to injustice in our midst. It shines a light on those who are too often confined to life in the shadows and exposes the brokenness of systems that keep others on the margins. Our various faith traditions share in common a belief in the inherent dignity of human life and call us to act for justice," Javen Swanson, Interim Faith Work Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
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Statement on historic US Senate confirmation rules change

Statement on historic US Senate confirmation rules change
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on historic US Senate confirmation rules change.
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Statement on Speaker Boehner's pronouncing immigration reform dead this year

Statement on Speaker Boehner's pronouncing immigration reform dead this year

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Speaker Boehner's pronouncing immigration reform dead this year.

"Last week, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was the popular law that Speaker Boehner was against. This week, he's against fair immigration reform; another issue that most people are for. It's time for Mr Boehner to stop making excuses for inaction and to start listening to the American people. It's time for him to allow Congress a vote on fair immigration reform -- for the 11 million undocumented immigrants desperate for a shot at the American Dream, over 250,000 of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender."

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Statement on the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin, Sally Ride and Gloria Steinem

Statement on the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin, Sally Ride and Gloria Steinem
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin, Sally Ride and Gloria Steinem.
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Task Force Commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance

Task Force Commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (the Task Force) today commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance. This annual event remembers people lost to anti-transgender violence over the past year.
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Task Force marks World AIDS Day with a call for greater focus on combating HIV

Task Force marks World AIDS Day with a call for greater focus on combating HIV
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force marks World AIDS Day, December 1, with a call for greater focus on and re-engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 
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Victory: Hawaii to become the next state with the freedom to marry

Victory: Hawaii to become the next state with the freedom to marry
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds the historic vote by the Hawaii Legislature to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.
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November, 2013

Statement by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the Cloture Vote by the U.S. Senate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Statement by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on the Cloture Vote by the U.S. Senate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund: 

"We're now one step closer to achieving employment protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This vote clears a critical hurdle in the advancement of this historic piece of legislation -- the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. We call upon all senators to stand with the majority of Americans who support the basic principle that everyone should have access to the American Dream, free from discrimination because of who they are or who they love. We urge the senators to vote for ENDA when it reaches the floor for a final vote."

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Statement from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on upcoming US Senate vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Statement from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on upcoming US Senate vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund: 

"Thank you Leader Reid for your steadfast opposition of discrimination and support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The vast majority of Americans believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people should not have to live in fear of being fired or discriminated against at work because of who they are or who they love. The upcoming ENDA vote is an historic opportunity for all senators to listen to the American people and be on the right side of history."

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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Senator Bill Nelson signing-on to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Senator Bill Nelson signing-on to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund: 

"Millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and our allies across the Sunshine State -- and indeed across the nation -- will be delighted to hear that Senator Nelson is going to vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. This is an opportunity for all senators to make history. A vote for ENDA is a vote for access to the American Dream and against its biggest enemy: discrimination." 

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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Senator Joe Manchin announcing his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Senator Joe Manchin announcing his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund: 

"The announcement by Senator Joe Manchin that he will vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is significant because now all the Democrats in the Senate support this vital legislation. We call upon all senators to stand with the American public and support the basic principle that everyone deserves a fair chance to work in an environment free from discrimination. ENDA upholds that promise for everyone -- no matter who we are or who we love."  

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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Senator Mark Pryor announcing his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on Senator Mark Pryor announcing his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund: 

"The momentum for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act continues to grow with the announcement by Senator Mark Pryor that he will vote in favor of ENDA. The majority of Americans believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people should not be discriminated against at work because of who they are or who they love. This is an historic opportunity for all senators to protect millions of LGBT people from employment discrimination."  

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Statement on the election of Cory Booker to the United States Senate

Statement on the election of Cory Booker to the United States Senate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund responds to the election of Cory Booker as U.S. Senator from New Jersey. 
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Task Force celebrates confirmation of stamp commemorating Harvey Milk

Task Force celebrates confirmation of stamp commemorating Harvey Milk
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force celebrates the confirmation by the United States Postal Service that it will introduce a stamp commemorating LGBT rights pioneer and one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., Harvey Milk. He will become the first openly LGBT elected official to be featured on U.S. postage.  
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Victory in Royal Oak, Michigan: Voters Approve Proposal A that Upholds Human Rights Ordinance for LGBT People

Victory in Royal Oak, Michigan: Voters Approve Proposal A that Upholds Human Rights Ordinance for LGBT People
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund celebrates the passage by voters in Royal Oak, Michigan, of Proposal A, which upholds a human rights ordinance passed by the Royal Oak City Commission this March. The city now becomes the 30th municipality in Michigan to approve such an ordinance. 
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Victory: Illinois set to become the 15th state to afford the freedom to marry to all loving couples

Victory: Illinois set to become the 15th state to afford the freedom to marry to all loving couples
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund celebrates the historic 61-54 vote by the Illinois House of Representatives to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. The bill now returns to the Senate for final approval and Gov. Pat Quinn has vowed to sign it into law. Illinois will become the 15th state, along with Washington D.C., to afford the freedom to marry to all loving couples. 
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Victory: Same-Sex Marriages to Start in New Jersey

Victory: Same-Sex Marriages to Start in New Jersey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force celebrates the decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court not to issue a stay in the decision that allows marriage for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Garden State. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson found last month that a U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring components of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional compelled the state to begin granting marriages licenses to same-sex couples. Jacobson ordered the state to begin issuing licenses on Oct. 21 and last week she reiterated that the deadline remains in effect.
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October, 2013

Carey: Jealous 'outstanding leader who made history and makes positive change a reality'

Carey: Jealous 'outstanding leader who made history and makes positive change a reality'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is expressing its gratitude to NAACP President & CEO Ben Jealous for his leadership in making "positive change a reality for millions." Jealous announced that he is stepping down from his position at the end of the year to devote more time to family and new professional challenges.
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Congress reintroduces the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act

Congress reintroduces the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund hails the reintroduction of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act in the U.S. Congress. This legislation would provide domestic partner benefits for federal employees and their partners. The bipartisan measure was reintroduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Richard Hanna (R-NY).  
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Faith leaders respond to Pope Francis comments on LGBT peopl

Faith leaders respond to Pope Francis comments on LGBT peopl
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Members of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, responded today to comments made by Pope Francis on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. 
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Immigration Reform Now: Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Gets Arrested in Protest of House of Representatives Inaction

Immigration Reform Now: Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Gets Arrested in Protest of House of Representatives Inaction
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- National Gay and Lesbian Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey was one of approximately 100 women -- including undocumented immigrants -- who were arrested today for blockading an intersection outside the House of Representatives to protest its inaction on comprehensive and inclusive immigration reform that treats women and children fairly.  
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Introduction of so-called Marriage and Religious Freedom Act: 'Attempt to drag America backwards'

Introduction of so-called Marriage and Religious Freedom Act: 'Attempt to drag America backwards'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey is calling the introduction of the so-called Marriage and Religious Freedom Act as an "attempt to drag America backwards."   
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Labor Department issues guidance on marriages of same-sex couples and employee benefit plans

Labor Department issues guidance on marriages of same-sex couples and employee benefit plans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force welcomes the new guidance by the U.S. Department of Labor that treats married same-sex couples equally when it comes to employee benefits plans, regardless of where they live.  

 

"We thank Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez for his leadership on this critical issue for thousands of same-sex couples and their families", said Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "This decision is a huge victory for all families, as it affirms equality and fairness for same-sex couples who until recently were denied these benefits." 

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LGBT Advocacy Organizations Call on House to Pass Immigration Reform Bill

LGBT Advocacy Organizations Call on House to Pass Immigration Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 -- Today, House Democrats introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill based on bipartisan policy. Every measure in the bill has support from Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
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Take The Pledge: United To Fight HIV on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Take The Pledge: United To Fight HIV on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Today, in support of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force with hundreds of organizations and individuals have signed onto a joint letter (http://www.wethelgbt.org) to re-engage with the broader LGBT community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men account for 63% of the new HIV infections in 2010. In fact, gay men are the only group in which HIV infections are increasing.
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Task Force Marks 15th Annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Task Force Marks 15th Annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force today marks the 15th Annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day. It is also known as Bi Pride Day and/or Bi Visibility Day.  
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Task Force Report: Devastating Disparities Affect LGBT Elders

Task Force Report: Devastating Disparities Affect LGBT Elders
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- A new report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders suffer health disparities and economic insecurities that are compounded over the course of a lifetime with devastating effects.
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Task Force Statement on House Food Stamp Program Cuts and Obamacare Defunding

Task Force Statement on House Food Stamp Program Cuts and Obamacare Defunding
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- "Yesterday it was deep cuts to the food stamp program, today it's defunding Obamacare. This House leadership appears hellbent on attacking the most vulnerable people in our nation, the poor -- millions of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Most of us were brought up to believe that it's morally wrong to kick a person when they are down -- and it is morally appalling to kick millions of people when they are facing economic hardship," said Rea Carey, Task Force Executive Director.
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Task Force Urges Michigan House to Reject Anti-adoption Bills

Task Force Urges Michigan House to Reject Anti-adoption Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is urging members of the Michigan House of Representatives to reject two measures in the Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors, which would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, denying adoptions based on a person's sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Task Force: AFL-CIO Delivers Justice for Transgender Workers

Task Force: AFL-CIO Delivers Justice for Transgender Workers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force thanked the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) for amending its constitution to ban discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression.
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The Task Force Statement on New Jersey Marriage Ruling

The Task Force Statement on New Jersey Marriage Ruling
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Statement of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court ruling that LGBT couples can marry in the Garden State starting October 21
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Victory in California: Transgender Birth Certificate Bill Signed into Law

Victory in California: Transgender Birth Certificate Bill Signed into Law
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the signing by Gov. Jerry Brown of a bill to make it safer and easier for transgender people to access legal name changes and identity documents that reflect their gender identity. The legislation (AB 1121) was recently approved by the state senate and was approved in the state assembly on May 9. 
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September, 2013

Bayard Rustin, LGBT and Civil Rights Activist, Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bayard Rustin, LGBT and Civil Rights Activist, Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is celebrating the posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin, an openly gay man who was a leader in the civil rights movement, chief organizer of the March on Washington 50 years ago, and LGBT activist.
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Benefits for Same-Sex Military Spouses At Last

Benefits for Same-Sex Military Spouses At Last
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force welcomes the Department of Defense's (DOD) long overdue extension of important military benefits to same-sex spouses of service members --; and is urging the DOD to end discrimination based on gender identity in the armed forces.  
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LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter in Support of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter in Support of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
WASHINGTON, August 19, 2013   A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, led the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today issued the following open letter:
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Task Force Joins the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Task Force Joins the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 --The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will join the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech. 
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Task Force mourns the passing of Sean Sasser

Task Force mourns the passing of Sean Sasser
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force mourns the passing of HIV/AIDS activist Sean Sasser.
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The Task Force Proudly Joins Talk to Me to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention

The Task Force Proudly Joins Talk to Me to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Throughout September, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will join The Trevor Project and 20 other national partners to raise awareness about suicide prevention among youth, especially those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ), through "Talk to Me." This campaign for conversation is rooted in research  that indicates improving both help-seeking behaviors and access to care can have a dramatic effect on suicide prevention. At its heart, Talk to Me is about making it ok to offer help and being willing to connect a person with life-saving resources.
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Transgender Workers at Greater Risk for Unemployment and Poverty

Transgender Workers at Greater Risk for Unemployment and Poverty
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- A new report released today offers the most comprehensive analysis to date of the inequities facing transgender workers in the American workforce -- from finding and keeping good jobs, to having equal access to job-related benefits, to obtaining adequate health insurance coverage. A Broken Bargain for Transgender Workers is a companion to the recently released report, A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits, and More Taxes for LGBT Workers.   
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August, 2013

Faith leaders respond to remarks by Pope Francis, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Evangelist Pat Robertson

Faith leaders respond to remarks by Pope Francis, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Evangelist Pat Robertson
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- The National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, responded to recent remarks by internationally renowned faith leaders about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  
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Huge Victory in D.C.: Council Modernizes Name and Gender Change Procedures and Creates Model for the Country

Huge Victory in D.C.: Council Modernizes Name and Gender Change Procedures and Creates Model for the Country
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the Washington, D.C. Council for passing a bill designed to reduce the burdens associated with getting a legal name change and updating gender markers on birth certificates. The bill, which passed unanimously, will make it safer and easier for transgender people to get their legal documents in line with their identity. 
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LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice

LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today issued the following open letter:
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New study finds transgender people twice more likely to serve in military

New study finds transgender people twice more likely to serve in military
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- A new joint study released by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and The Williams Institute shows that twenty percent of transgender people have served in the military, which is double the percentage of the U.S. general population that has served. The Task Force is calling upon the U.S. Defense Department to end discrimination based on gender identity in the armed forces. 
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Task Force Celebrates Confirmation of Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary

Task Force Celebrates Confirmation of Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force congratulates Thomas Perez in his confirmation as secretary of labor by the U.S. Senate. He replaces Hilda Solis, who stepped down in January after four years of running the Labor Department. 
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July, 2013

Delaware becomes the 17th state with nondiscrimination protections for transgender people

Delaware becomes the 17th state with nondiscrimination protections for transgender people
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the Delaware legislature and Gov. Jack Markell for today passing and signing into law, respectively, a bill banning discrimination based on gender identity.  
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ENDA Mark Up: Important Opportunity to End Employment Discrimination

ENDA Mark Up: Important Opportunity to End Employment Discrimination
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is urging senators to vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) when it comes before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee next week. For the first time, ENDA is supported by 53 United States senators. The HELP committee has scheduled a markup of the measure on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.  
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National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to closing of Exodus International

National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to closing of Exodus International
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today responded to the closing of Exodus International, a large Christian ministry that claimed to falsely offer a "cure" for homosexuality.
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Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Decision: 'A Major Step Backwards'

Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Decision: 'A Major Step Backwards'
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is describing the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a central part of the Voting Rights Act -- in its ruling on Shelby County v. Holder -- as a major step backwards in the ongoing effort to eliminate racism from our democracy.  
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The Task Force Welcomes New HUD Same-Sex Couples Housing Discrimination Study

The Task Force Welcomes New HUD Same-Sex Couples Housing Discrimination Study
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is welcoming a new study (http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/fairhsg/discrim_samesex.html) released today by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which identifies the discrimination faced by same-sex couples across the country when trying to find a home.
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June, 2013

Puerto Rico Legislature passes sweeping nondiscrimination bill protecting LGBT people

Puerto Rico Legislature passes sweeping nondiscrimination bill protecting LGBT people
WASHINGTON, May 24   The Puerto Rican House of Representatives today approved a sweeping nondiscrimination bill that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in employment, housing, governmental services, public accommodations and private entities. Last week, the Senate approved the bill in a 15-11 vote and Gov. Alejandro Garc a Padilla has vowed to sign the bill into law.
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Task Force: 'It's time for a fully inclusive Boy Scouts of America'

Task Force: 'It's time for a fully inclusive Boy Scouts of America'
WASHINGTON, May 23 — The Boy Scouts of America national council today voted to lift the ban on openly gay Scouts while retaining the ban on gay adults serving in leadership positions.
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May, 2013

Employment Non-Discrimination Act introduced in Congress

Employment Non-Discrimination Act introduced in Congress
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is urging Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure was introduced today in both chambers of Congress by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).
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Marriage equality sweeps all of New England with Rhode Island set to become 10th state with the freedom to marry

Marriage equality sweeps all of New England with Rhode Island set to become 10th state with the freedom to marry
WASHINGTON, April 24   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds today's Senate passage of a bill granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry in Rhode Island. The measure passed in a 26-12 vote. A similar measure passed the House in January, and the bill now returns to the House for a largely procedural vote on small changes made on the Senate side. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has promised to sign the bill into law.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds reintroduction of Student Non-Discrimination Act in U.S. House

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds reintroduction of Student Non-Discrimination Act in U.S. House
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds today's reintroduction in the U.S. House of the Student Non-Discrimination Act. The bipartisan measure prohibits any school program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The Task Force is working in coalition to pass this legislation.
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National Religious Leadership Roundtable urges inclusion of LGBT families in immigration reform

National Religious Leadership Roundtable urges inclusion of LGBT families in immigration reform
WASHINGTON, April 12  The National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today urged Congress to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families in immigration reform.
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Task Force: Bipartisan bill marks first step on road to full and fair immigration reform

Task Force: Bipartisan bill marks first step on road to full and fair immigration reform
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a longtime advocate of fair and humane immigration reform, responded to the introduction of a bipartisan immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate. The Task Force is a signatory on this Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform (http://thetaskforceblog.org/2013/04/16/task-force-and-other-lgbt-groups-affirm-commitment-to-humane-immigration-reform-with-set-of-principles/).
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April, 2013

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the nomination of Thomas Perez for labor secretary

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the nomination of Thomas Perez for labor secretary
WASHINGTON, March 18 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds President Obama s nomination of Thomas Perez to become the next secretary of labor. Perez is currently an assistant attorney general heading the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. If confirmed by the Senate, Perez would replace Hilda Solis, who stepped down in January after four years of running the Labor Department.
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National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to election of new pope

National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to election of new pope
WASHINGTON, March 13 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Religious Leadership Roundtable responded today to the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis I.
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Supreme Court should strike down Prop. 8 and DOMA

Supreme Court should strike down Prop. 8 and DOMA
WASHINGTON, March 26   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has been organizing around one of the most historic civil rights events of our time   marriage equality at the Supreme Court. Justices are hearing arguments today and tomorrow in two landmark cases: one challenging the Prop. 8 marriage ban in California, and the other challenging the discriminatory, federal  Defense of Marriage Act  (DOMA). The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is part of the United for Marriage coalition, which has organized a vigil and two rallies at the Supreme Court, A Prayer for Love & Justice interfaith service, and other activities related to this watershed moment. More details here: http://www.lighttojustice.org/join-us-in-dc.html
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March, 2013

Freedom to Marry Applauds Obama Brief Filed Against Prop 8, In Support of Marriage

Freedom to Marry Applauds Obama Brief Filed Against Prop 8, In Support of Marriage
Washington, DC - Today President Barack Obama and the Department of Justice filed a brief in the case Hollingsworth vs. Perry, opposing Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples of the freedom to marry in California in 2008.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds Senate passage of LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds Senate passage of LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the U.S. Senate s passage today of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill, which includes explicit protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) survivors of domestic violence and enhanced protections for Native American and immigrant survivors. It also includes a new provision that would support prosecution of sexual assault cases by reducing evidentiary (rape kits) backlogs.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails passage of LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails passage of LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the U.S. House's passage today of an inclusive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill. The measure, passed earlier this month by the Senate in a bipartisan 78-22 vote, includes explicit protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) survivors of domestic violence, enhanced protections for Native American and immigrant survivors, and campus safety provisions. 
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to State of the Union address

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to State of the Union address
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to President Obama s State of the Union speech tonight by reiterating its call for an executive order prohibiting companies that contract with the federal government from discriminating in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity; passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), federal legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people; and an end to the discriminatory  Defense of Marriage Act  (DOMA).v id="nuan_ria_plugin">
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National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to pope's impending resignation

National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to pope's impending resignation
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Religious Leadership Roundtable responded to the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of February.
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Pentagon Extends New Protections to Military Spouses Harmed by DOMA

Pentagon Extends New Protections to Military Spouses Harmed by DOMA
New York – Today Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that same-sex spouses of active members of the military will begin receiving protections that were previously denied to them, including the issuance of military identification cards, access to family support initiatives, and joint duty assignments. The Secretary noted that the Pentagon was doing what it could, within the constraints imposed by the discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act.
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February, 2013

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds reintroduction of Uniting American Families Act in Congress

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds reintroduction of Uniting American Families Act in Congress
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauded the reintroduction in Congress of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) by U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). This overdue legislation would allow Americans to sponsor their same-sex permanent partners for legal residency in the United States, a right under immigration law that is currently afforded to married opposite-sex couples. Because the U.S. does not legally recognize same-sex couples and their children as families, many binational same-sex couples are forced to separate and their families are wrenched apart.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey presents State of the Movement address

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey presents State of the Movement address
ATLANTA, Jan. 25   National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey presented the annual State of the Movement address today at the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, in Atlanta, Ga., where more than 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates have gathered to strategize on how to advance equality. Below is the full text of the State of the Movement speech:
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to Obama announcement of inclusive immigration policies

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to Obama announcement of inclusive immigration policies
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force commends President Barack Obama for moving forward on immigration reform inclusive of the path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including specifically for DREAMers, and a plan to treat  same-sex families as families by giving U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner.  While the president did not mention same-sex couples in his immigration speech laying out his broad vision today in Las Vegas, he did address them in the White House principles document: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/29/fact-sheet-fixing-our-broken-immigration-system-so-everyone-plays-rules
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National Religious Leadership Roundtable applauds Washington National Cathedral announcement that it will celebrate weddings of same-sex couples

National Religious Leadership Roundtable applauds Washington National Cathedral announcement that it will celebrate weddings of same-sex couples
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Religious Leadership Roundtable applauds the announcement (http://www.nationalcathedral.org/press/PR-60QF1-3I0018.shtml) today by the Washington National Cathedral that it will celebrate the weddings of same-sex couples. The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, is among the most prominent churches in the nation.
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President Barack Obama addresses nation's largest gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates in special video message

President Barack Obama addresses nation's largest gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates in special video message
ATLANTA, Jan. 25   President Barack Obama issued a video statement airing today before 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates assembled for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.
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Task Force supports efforts to rename San Francisco International Airport in honor of slain gay leader Harvey Milk

Task Force supports efforts to rename San Francisco International Airport in honor of slain gay leader Harvey Milk
ATLANTA, Jan. 27   At its 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change today in Atlanta, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force voiced its support for the San Francisco International Airport to be renamed in honor of legendary gay leader Harvey Milk.
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Task Force: President Barack Obama's second term holds great promise for continuing progress for LGBT people

Task Force: President Barack Obama's second term holds  great promise  for continuing progress for LGBT people
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to President Barack Obama s inaugural address today and the promise for continuing progress on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues during the president s second term.
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January, 2013

25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change Jan 23-27, 2013

25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change Jan 23-27, 2013
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5- More than 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates from across the country will converge in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 23-27 for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls upon Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel to address LGBT concerns during confirmation process

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls upon Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel to address LGBT concerns during confirmation process
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7   The Obama administration today nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to become secretary of defense. Hagel's senatorial record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues as well as reproductive rights is cause for concern.
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December, 2012

Maryland voters affirm Maryland DREAM Act with passage of Question 4

Maryland voters affirm Maryland DREAM Act with passage of Question 4
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7   Maryland voters have passed Question 4 affirming the Maryland DREAM Act, a law passed last year that provides undocumented immigrants access to in-state tuition at public universities and colleges. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a longtime advocate for fair and humane comprehensive immigration reform, is proud to have worked with local groups to make the Dream ACT a reality.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force commemorates World AIDS Day

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force commemorates World AIDS Day
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force today commemorates World AIDS Day with a call for greater focus toward combating the continuing epidemic of HIV/AIDS.
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Task Force: Election 2012 was a watershed moment for LGBT equality in America

Task Force: Election 2012 was a watershed moment for LGBT equality in America
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7   Election 2012 saw stunning results for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, from the passage of the first-ever marriage equality measures by popular vote, to the election of the first openly lesbian candidate to the U.S. Senate, to the re-election of the most pro-LGBT president in American history and the first sitting president to come out in support of the freedom to marry.
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Task Force: Obama's re-election means more progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

Task Force: Obama's re-election  means more progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
The bottom line is that America deserves nothing less than a president who will treat all families fairly  and that's what we have.    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey
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Voters in Maryland Affirm the Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples

Voters in Maryland Affirm the Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples
ANNAPOLIS – Voters in Maryland approved a ballot measure on Tuesday, November 6, that would grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry and access to all of the state rights and obligations afforded to married couples.
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Washington state voters approve Referendum 74 granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry

Washington state voters approve Referendum 74 granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7   Voters in Washington state have approved Referendum 74 allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force contributed staff resources and training to the marriage equality efforts in Washington.
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October, 2012

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force submits testimony for Senate hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force submits testimony for Senate hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony for today s Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights hearing on  Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism,  in response to ongoing hate violence, including the shooting last month at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.
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Task Force: California's new law banning sham therapies aimed at LGBT youth serves as a model for the rest of the country

Task Force: California's new law banning sham therapies aimed at LGBT youth serves as a model for the rest of the country
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing legislation that makes California the first state to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) minors from  reparative  therapies administered by mental health professionals. The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013.
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August, 2012

Health Discrimination Against Trans People Is Illegal

Health Discrimination Against Trans People Is Illegal
Have you ever been discriminated against in our health care system? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently confirmed that the Affordable Care Act's (you know, Obamacare) ban on sex-based discrimination includes discrimination based on gender identity. This confirms the Task Force's longstanding position that federal civil rights statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex include protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity. This means that no one can be discriminated against because of their gender identity or because of a healthcare provider's stereotype about sex - what a man or a woman "ought to look like."
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force slams Boy Scouts of America's reaffirmation of anti-gay policy

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force slams Boy Scouts of America's reaffirmation of anti-gay policy
WASHINGTON, July 17 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force today responded to the continuing refusal by the Boy Scouts of America to change its policy of excluding gay people. A special committee of Scouts leaders made its recommendation to reaffirm this anti-gay policy and, as a consequence, the Scouts’ national executive board reportedly will not reconsider changing its membership policy to allow gay people to serve in that organization.
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July, 2012

Faith leaders applaud Episcopal Church's approval of rite to bless same-sex unions and the ordination of transgender people

Faith leaders applaud Episcopal Church's approval of rite to bless same-sex unions and the ordination of transgender people
WASHINGTON, July 11   Members of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, applauded the Episcopal Church's approval of an official liturgy for blessing same-sex unions and a nondiscrimination policy that will allow transgender people to be ordained to the priesthood. The resolutions were passed by the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, the Episcopal legislative bodies, at the triennial General Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
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Health and Human Services report details progress and new goals on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health issues

Health and Human Services report details progress and new goals on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health issues
WASHINGTON, June 20   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its annual report (http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/lgbthealth_objectives_2012.html) of steps it has taken to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The report outlines new goals for the coming year, as well as accomplishments from 2011.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds National Council of La Raza's marriage equality endorsement

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds National Council of La Raza's marriage equality endorsement
WASHINGTON, June 26 — The board of directors of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, recently voted to endorse marriage equality. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and NCLR have worked together on issues related to racial and economic justice, comprehensive and humane immigration reform, LGBT rights and marriage equality, among others.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, June 28 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf) today upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The Task Force advocated for the passage of the historic health care reform law.
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Supreme Court strikes down key provisions of Arizona's anti-immigrant law

Supreme Court strikes down key provisions of Arizona's anti-immigrant law
WASHINGTON, June 25   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a longtime advocate for comprehensive and humane immigration reform, responded to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today striking down significant portions of SB 1070, Arizona s anti-immigrant law. The court did, however, leave intact the racist  show me your papers  provision. The Task Force has repeatedly spoken out against the unjust law.
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Task Force responds to Obama administration announcement that it will stop deporting young undocumented immigrants

Task Force responds to Obama administration announcement that it will stop deporting young undocumented immigrants
WASHINGTON, June 15 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to today's announcement (http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20120612-napolitano-announces-deferred-action-process-for-young-people.shtm) by the Obama administration that it will stop deporting some young undocumented immigrants.     
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Time to level the playing field for LGBT people by passing ENDA

Time to level the playing field for LGBT people by passing ENDA
WASHINGTON, June 12   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony for today's Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), federal legislation to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Currently there are no clear federal employment protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and no such protections exist in over half the states.
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June, 2012

Task Force launches 'Queer the Vote' campaign

Task Force launches 'Queer the Vote' campaign
WASHINGTON, June 6 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force today launched 'Queer the Vote,' (http://www.queerthevote.org/) a campaign to educate and mobilize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights supporters in this critical and volatile election year.
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May, 2012

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds U.S. Senate introduction of Health Equity and Accountability Act

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds U.S. Senate introduction of Health Equity and Accountability Act
WASHINGTON, April 27   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the introduction by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) of the Health Equity and Accountability Act, comprehensive legislation designed to eliminate racial and ethnic minority health disparities. For the first time, the measure recognizes the importance of addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health disparities.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls for end to racial profiling

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls for end to racial profiling
WASHINGTON, April 17 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund submitted written testimony for today’s hearing on “Ending Racial Profiling in America,” held by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force congratulates labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta on receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force congratulates labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta on receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON, April 26   The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force congratulates legendary labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta on becoming a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Huerta co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with labor leader Cesar Chavez in 1962. She is a longtime supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Huerta was a keynote speaker at the Task Force's National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in 2009 in Denver, Colo. Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx_468y7El4
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails EEOC ruling protecting transgender workers

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails EEOC ruling protecting transgender workers
WASHINGTON, April 24 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the opinion by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that transgender people are protected from discrimination by federal law. The EEOC found that an employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person's gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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New study finds genderqueer people face unique patterns of abuse and discrimination

New study finds genderqueer people face unique patterns of abuse and discrimination
WASHINGTON, April 23 — Genderqueer people face distinct patterns of discrimination and violence according to a new study based on the dataset gathered for Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality.
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Social Security Equality Act of 2012 introduced, aims to end discrimination same-sex couples face in receiving Social Security benefits

Social Security Equality Act of 2012  introduced, aims to end discrimination same-sex couples face in receiving Social Security benefits
WASHINGTON, April 26   The  Social Security Equality Act of 2012,  which seeks to end the discrimination same-sex couples face with respect to Social Security benefits, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and includes 90 House co-sponsors.
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U.S. Senate passes LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill

U.S. Senate passes LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill
WASHINGTON, April 26 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the U.S. Senate’s passage today of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill, which for the first time includes explicit protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) survivors of domestic violence. The 1994 federal law provides funds to enhance investigation and prosecution of violent crimes such as domestic violence and sexual assault, and it bolsters victim services programs. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, along with a broad coalition of organizations including the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, has been lobbying for inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the law.
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April, 2012

National lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups issue joint open letter on the killing of Trayvon Martin

National lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups issue joint open letter on the killing of Trayvon Martin
WASHINGTON, April 2 — A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations today issued an open letter that described the killing of Trayvon Martin as a “national call to action”; urged local and federal authorities to find answers in the case that has garnered worldwide attention; and demanded justice be served. Full text below:
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March, 2012

Faith leaders respond to Catholic priest's denial of communion to lesbian parishioner

Faith leaders respond to Catholic priest's denial of communion to lesbian parishioner
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 — The National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, responded to the action by a Roman Catholic priest who denied communion to a lesbian parishioner at her mother's funeral in Maryland this past weekend.  
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Maryland governor signs marriage equality bill

Maryland governor signs marriage equality bill
WASHINGTON, March 1 — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley today signed the marriage equality bill, making the state the eighth to allow same-sex couples to marry. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is a member of the Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition, and Task Force staff were on hand for the bill-signing ceremony in Annapolis.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to Obama administration’s announcement on contraceptive services

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to Obama administration’s announcement on contraceptive services
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to the Obama administration’s announcement today that it will require insurance companies, rather than employers, to provide free contraceptive services to employees at religious institutions
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February, 2012

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey presents 'State of the LGBT Movement' address

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey presents 'State of the LGBT Movement' address
BALTIMORE, Md., Jan. 27 — National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey presented the annual “State of the LGBT Movement” address today at the 24th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, in Baltimore, Md., where nearly 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates have gathered to strategize and mobilize to advance LGBT equality and social justice in this critical election year. What follows is the full text of Carey's speech:
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January, 2012

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates will convene to strategize and organize in critical election year

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates will convene to strategize and organize in critical election year
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 — More than 2,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates from across the country will converge in Baltimore, Md., on Jan. 25-29 for the 24th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. It is the largest convening of LGBT activists and allies in the country. They will come together from every corner of the nation to strategize at the start of a critical election year and learn how to build political power back home.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases update of steps to improve health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases update of steps to improve health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released a summary update of actions it has taken to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people throughout HHS programs and activities
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December, 2011

New analysis shows startling levels of discrimination against Latino/a transgender people

New analysis shows startling levels of discrimination against Latino/a transgender people
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 — Latino and Latina transgender and gender non-conforming people face some of the highest levels of discrimination of all transgender people according to a new analysis released today, Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Latino/a Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.
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Pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faith leaders call for dialogue with U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faith leaders call for dialogue with U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 — A leading organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics has sent a letter to Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, urging for respectful and open dialogue related to LGBT people and their families. In addition, members of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, have issued statements supporting the letter. The letter from DignityUSA and the supportive responses are below.
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White House issues presidential memorandum on U.S. government strategy addressing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people abroad

White House issues presidential memorandum on U.S. government strategy addressing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people abroad
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force joins with its international partner, the Council for Global Equality, in applauding President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their outspoken commitment to ending abuses and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people worldwide. The White House today issued a presidential memorandum directing all federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT people.
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November, 2011

Residents in Traverse City, Mich., vote to retain LGBT-inclusive city nondiscrimination ordinance

Residents in Traverse City, Mich., vote to retain LGBT-inclusive city nondiscrimination ordinance
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 — Residents of Traverse City, Mich., have voted to retain the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, which includes explicit protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. According to local media reports, the city voted to keep the ordinance by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.
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October, 2011

First openly gay minister to be ordained by Presbyterian Church (USA) tomorrow

First openly gay minister to be ordained by Presbyterian Church (USA) tomorrow
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the historic ordination of Scott Anderson set for tomorrow in Madison, Wis. He will become the first openly gay minister ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA) since the denomination amended its constitution this year to eliminate official barriers to the ordination of people based on their sexual orientation. He was ordained 21 years earlier, but was forced out of the ministry after his sexual orientation was made public.
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Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 — Black transgender and gender non-conforming people face some of the highest levels of discrimination of all transgender people according to a new analysis released today, Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force launches next phase of Queer the Census campaign to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are counted in federal surveys

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force launches next phase of Queer the Census campaign to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are counted in federal surveys
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is launching the next phase of its “Queer the Census” campaign, which is designed to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are included in a broad swath of federal surveys and data collection efforts. The Task Force is encouraging people to learn more about why federal surveys are important and to get involved through an action center on its www.QueertheCensus.org website.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force mourns the passing of LGBT rights leader Paula L. Ettelbrick

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force mourns the passing of LGBT rights leader Paula L. Ettelbrick

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force mourns the passing of Paula L. Ettelbrick, a lifelong activist for LGBT rights and former Task Force family policy director, who died today of cancer. The Task Force honors and remembers Paula’s significant contributions to our movement.

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New 2010 census data released on married same-sex couples

New 2010 census data released on married same-sex couples
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 — The U.S. Census Bureau today released its new estimates of the number of households headed by same-sex couples in the United States, including the number of couples identifying as married. The 2010 census marked the first time the Census Bureau tracked information about same-sex spouses. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force played a key role in getting the U.S. Census Bureau to report the number of married same-sex couples in the 2010 census, and continues to work with policymakers to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are included in a broad swath of federal surveys and data collection.
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July, 2011

ACLU Says Department of Defense Must Immediately Certify Repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" After Federal Appeals Court Ruling

ACLU Says Department of Defense Must Immediately Certify Repeal of
NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today said a federal appeals court order that the Obama administration immediately end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays serving in the military underscores the urgent need for the Department of Defense to certify Congress’ repeal of the policy.
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Connecticut governor signs transgender nondiscrimination bill

Connecticut governor signs transgender nondiscrimination bill
WASHINGTON, July 6 —  Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy has signed legislation barring discrimination based on gender identity or expression in employment, housing, public accommodations, credit and all other laws under the jurisdiction of the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Connecticut becomes the 15th state, along with the District of Columbia, with clear protections for transgender people in its statewide nondiscrimination laws.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, HRC and UNID@S release new bilingual guide on sexual orientation, gender identity and the Bible for Latino/a families and churches

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, HRC and UNID@S release new bilingual guide on sexual orientation, gender identity and the Bible for Latino/a families and churches
CINCINNATI, June 29 — In an effort to foster a dialogue with Latino/a families and churches on sexual orientation, gender identity and the Bible, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and UNID@S, today unveiled a new bilingual guide, A La Familia: A Conversation About Our Families, the Bible, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at a press conference during the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) 82nd national convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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June, 2011

Congressional briefing spotlights findings of Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

Congressional briefing spotlights findings of Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
WASHINGTON, May 16 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) today sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing on key findings from the Task Force and NCTE's groundbreaking new report, Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. The briefing was held on behalf of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.
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May, 2011

Maryland Senate fails to pass Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act

Maryland Senate fails to pass Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act
WASHINGTON, April 11 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force expressed disappointment in the Maryland Senate’s failure to pass the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and credit. The Senate today voted to recommit the bill to committee. The House previously passed the bill in an 86-52 vote. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has been working in partnership with Equality Maryland to secure gender identity protections, and will continue to do so.
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April, 2011

Maryland House of Delegates passes Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act

Maryland House of Delegates passes Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act
WASHINGTON, March 26 — The Maryland House of Delegates today passed the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act (HB 235), which would prohibit discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and credit. The measure passed 86 to 52. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has been working in partnership with Equality Maryland to pass the bill, which now moves to the Senate.
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March, 2011

Massachusetts governor signs order protecting transgender state employees

Massachusetts governor signs order protecting transgender state employees
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 — Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today issued two executive orders, numbers 526 and 527, which extend nondiscrimination protections to state employees on the basis of gender identity and expression, and apply to all state agencies and programs, as well as businesses that contract with the state.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force mourns death of the Rev. Peter Gomes

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force mourns death of the Rev. Peter Gomes
WASHINGTON, March 1 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force mourns the death of the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, an openly gay Harvard minister, theologian and author, who died yesterday at the age of 68.
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December, 2010

Commemorating World AIDS Day 2010

Commemorating World AIDS Day 2010
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force commemorates World AIDS Day with a commitment to continue working toward the “eradication of ignorance, intolerance and HIV/AIDS.”
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' announcement of new far-reaching policy protecting same-sex couples in hospital settings

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' announcement of new far-reaching policy protecting same-sex couples in hospital settings
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 — The Obama administration today took a significant step forward in ensuring same-sex couples are no longer discriminated against in hospital settings. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its final rule on ending such discrimination in hospital visitation policies across the country. The new rule, which takes effect in 60 days, directs any hospital receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds to have written visitation policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force denounces Senate vote blocking action on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal, calls it 'huge disgrace and disservice to our country'

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force denounces Senate vote blocking action on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal, calls it 'huge disgrace and disservice to our country'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force strongly denounced the U.S. Senate's failure today to allow a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, blocking action on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.
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November, 2010

Election 2010: Gains and losses on key contests impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nationwide

Election 2010: Gains and losses on key contests impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nationwide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 — Election 2010 results are proving to be a mixed bag for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Republicans regained control of the U.S. House, which will pose challenges for advancing progressive legislation, including LGBT rights legislation. In state contests, several gubernatorial candidates who support marriage equality were victorious, but the GOP made numerous gains in state legislatures across the country, which could adversely affect LGBT rights legislation. In Congress, meanwhile, there will be four openly gay and lesbian members.
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October, 2010

Make History With Us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2!

Make History With Us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2!
From the Task Force: On Oct. 2, 2010, we have the opportunity to make history. The Task Force urges you to stand together with the LGBTQ, labor, civil rights, women’s, youth, environmental, immigrant, faith and peace communities as we all stand unified as One Nation Working Together (ONWT). Join the Task Force and the other three conveners of ONWT's "LGBTQ Table" — Pride At Work, the National Black Justice Coalition and National Stonewall Democrats — as participants in this massive mobilization.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to Carl Paladino’s divisive comments

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s National Religious Leadership Roundtable responds to Carl Paladino’s divisive comments
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 — The National Religious Leadership Roundtable, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, responded to the divisive comments about homosexuality by the New York Republican candidate for governor, Carl Paladino. He told a gathering in Brooklyn on Sunday that children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality was acceptable. According to media reports, Paladino’s campaign manager said that the candidate “is simply expressing the views that he holds in his heart as a Catholic.”
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New report reveals rampant discrimination against transgender people by health providers, high HIV rates and widespread lack of access to necessary care

New report reveals rampant discrimination against transgender people by health providers, high HIV rates and widespread lack of access to necessary care
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 — Transgender and gender non-conforming people face rampant discrimination in health care settings, are regularly denied needed care, and experience a range of health risks because they are transgender or gender non-conforming, according to a report of more than 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming people. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey: Report on Health and Health Care was released nationally today by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality.
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August, 2010

New York City coalition responds to anti-LGBT violence in Puerto Rico

New York City coalition responds to anti-LGBT violence in Puerto Rico
NEW YORK, July 13 — A coalition of New York City elected officials and organizations today released a report that documents the hate-motivated violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Puerto Rico. This report comes out just a week after the most recent transgender victim was found shot to death in Loíza, Puerto Rico. In the past eight months, seven LGBT individuals have been killed on the island.
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Task Force: Pay equity and workplace fairness are critical to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

Task Force: Pay equity and workplace fairness are critical to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
WASHINGTON, July 20 — The White House Middle Class Task Force and Council on Women and Girls today unveiled recommendations from the Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force aimed at ending pay inequity and discrimination. The recommendations are related to the 2009 passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women who face wage discrimination recover their lost wages. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey joined leaders of women’s and labor groups for the release of the recommendations, which include ways to better inform employees about their rights and improve coordination among enforcement agencies. Advocates and officials also urged the Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will help ensure people who do equal work receive equal pay.
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July, 2010

Task Force: Extending Family & Medical Leave Act ‘fair and humane’

Task Force: Extending Family & Medical Leave Act ‘fair and humane’
WASHINGTON, June 22 —  The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls the extension of Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to same-sex parents “fair and humane.” These parents, who previously had to fight legal battles to have the right to care for their sick or newborn children, can now focus on their families without fear of losing their jobs.
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June, 2010

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups and allies join outcry against anti-immigrant measure in Arizona

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups and allies join outcry against anti-immigrant measure in Arizona
More than 20 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality groups and allies today issued the following joint statement: Arizona’s S.B. 1070 takes the state down a path that will lead to racial profiling, discrimination and anti-immigrant extremism. We stand in solidarity with other individuals, organizations and local governments in rejecting the misrepresentation of immigrants put forth in this unjust and ill-conceived measure.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: End the archaic FDA blood ban now

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: End the archaic FDA blood ban now
WASHINGTON, June 9 —  At a press conference today, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force called for an end to the Food and Drug Administration’s lifetime ban on blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man since 1977.
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May, 2010

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging issues to take center stage at congressional briefing on Capitol Hill

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging issues to take center stage at congressional briefing on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON, April 21 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) are convening a National LGBT Aging Roundtable this week in Washington, D.C. In addition, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has organized a congressional briefing on issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as they age. The briefing will be held April 22, 9:30–11 a.m. in Room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
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LGBT and allied groups call on Congress to pass ENDA now

LGBT and allied groups call on Congress to pass ENDA now
WASHINGTON, April 21 — Today, the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, along with allies in the faith, labor and civil rights communities, issued the following statement to members of the United States Congress: “Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act NOW.”
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Task Force responds to guilty plea in case involving the killing of Puerto Rican gay man

Task Force responds to guilty plea in case involving the killing of Puerto Rican gay man
WASHINGTON, May 12 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to today’s guilty plea in the case involving the killing last fall of Jorge Steven López Mercado, a 19-year-old gay man in Puerto Rico. Juan Martínez Matos, who had been scheduled to go on trial Monday, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder at a hearing in Caguas and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
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April, 2010

How Big is the LGBT Community?

How Big is the LGBT Community?
WASHINGTON, April 14 — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have only a few days left to “Queer the Census” by affixing a big pink sticker that highlights their sexual orientation and/or gender identities to their census envelopes. Nearly 200,000 stickers have already been ordered and sent to LGBT community members and their allies.
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‘Pope Benedict, the world is watching and waiting’

‘Pope Benedict, the world is watching and waiting’
WASHINGTON, March 30 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and its National Religious Leadership Roundtable condemn the handling of the evolving scandal of sexual abuses by priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI is now at the center of the controversy, which has garnered worldwide attention. The pope is being blamed directly for ignoring repeated pleas by senior U.S. clergy to take action against Father Lawrence C. Murphy, a priest who had molested up to 200 boys while working at the St. John’s School for the Deaf in Wisconsin from 1950 to 1974. Just today, media reports said the Vatican is launching a legal defense designed to shield the pope from a lawsuit that seeks to have him deposed over claims that the Holy See was negligent in failing to report abuse claims.
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