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Inga Sarda-Sorensen, Director of Communications
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Task Force Endorses National Equality March

Task Force will engage and support people taking action in pursuit of full equality and justice for LGBT people


The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a leader in building
grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political
power, endorses the National Equality March, which will be held in
Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10-11. Thousands of people from across the
country will march and rally in front of the U.S. Capitol demanding
equal protection under the law for LGBT people and their families in
all 50 states. At the march, the Task Force will engage new activists,
support fair-minded clergy and other people of faith, and mobilize
volunteer activists to return home engaged and energized.

"For the past 30 years, LGBT people and our allies have come
together in Washington to be inspired, to engage in political action,
and to go home geared up to create change. The National Equality March
will bring together those of us who have never marched, those who want
to renew their passion for action, and those who demand their voices be
heard. When we mobilize for LGBT equality, for racial and economic
justice, for a transformed society, and to make our love and lives
visible, the Task Force is there. The Task Force will be there at the
march to support the voices of new activists, LGBT people and our
allies who push and push for the end to hatred, discrimination and
unjust laws," says National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive
Director Rea Carey.

As part of its commitment to support march participants in fighting for local, state and federal change, the Task Force will:

  • Utilize technology to connect people to concrete actions they can take on the local, state and national levels.
  • Lend its faith organizing expertise in helping to plan an interfaith worship service.
  • Work to connect state equality organizations and community
    centers with march participants the Task Force identifies from their
    states so they can further engage them to be active at home.
  • Engage march participants in ballot campaigns under way in
    Maine, Washington state and Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Engage and support new activists in honing their talents and grassroots skills after the weekend of the march.

Consistent with the march goal of seeking equality in all 50 states,
the Task Force will maintain its longstanding commitment to provide
organizers, expertise and money for key ballot measure fights under way
in Maine, Washington state and Kalamazoo, Mich. The Task Force will
reach out to march participants from these states to channel their
energy to create change back home.

March attendees who want to further develop their skills and strategize with other activists will be encouraged to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change just a few months later in Dallas, Texas.

"The Task Force is excited to support a new wave of activists and
advocates. Whether you come to D.C. to march or stay at home to create
change in your city, town, school or place of worship, the Task Force
has the tools and know-how to help. Let's march in Washington and step
it up at home," says Carey.

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we've made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That's why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. Join us!