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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2011
1:25 PM

CONTACT: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Inga Sarda-Sorensen, Communications Director, isorensen@theTaskForce.org, 646.358.1463
Pedro Julio Serrano, Communications Coordinator, pjserrano@theTaskForce.org, 646.358.1479

Task Force Welcomes First-Ever Federal Data Related to Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON - July 26 - The U.S. Department of Labor today released results of the National Compensation Survey, which for the first time includes federal data on domestic-partner benefits for same-sex couples. The information will help provide a more complete picture of how employers treat same-sex couples with respect to benefits. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force welcomes the inclusion of same-sex couples in federal data collection as a step toward better understanding the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across the country.

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, says, "With each effort to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in surveys like this, the Department of Labor moves us closer to being able to better serve the community. Data collection is fundamental to addressing the disparities in employment, health, education and income facing our community. We thank Secretary Solis for taking this step in the right direction."

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has been a leading advocate for the inclusion of LGBT people in federally supported surveys. Data collection reveals important information about how people live and what their needs are in areas such as health care, family, employment, housing, education and more. Prior to the release of this National Compensation Survey, there was no nationally recognized data on benefits available to employees in a same-sex relationship.

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute.



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