National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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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Monday, August 19, 2013
LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter in Support of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
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: An Open Letter in Support of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington Over the past year, our community has celebrated tremendous wins in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and justice.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Decision: 'A Major Step Backwards'
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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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Task Force Applauds Reintroduction of Student Non-Discrimination Act in U.S. House
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. Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
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Monday, December 05, 2011
New Analysis Shows Startling Levels of Discrimination Against Latino/a Transgender People
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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Monday, October 10, 2011
California Governor Signs Two Bills to Advance Transgender Equality
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two important transgender rights measures into law. The Gender Non-Discrimination Act clarifies existing California law by listing “gender identity or expression” alongside other protected characteristics throughout the various discrimination statutes. Previously, these protections were in the definition of “gender” and employers, landlords and others who are covered by these laws were not always clear whether transgender people were protected.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Task Force Welcomes First-Ever Federal Data Related to Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
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.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Task Force Urges Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act as Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Historic Hearing
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for its historic hearing today on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). It is the first such hearing on this issue. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey submitted written testimony and attended the hearing.
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Thursday, June 09, 2011
Task Force: Anti-LGBT Violence in Puerto Rico 'Must Stop Now'
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is calling upon authorities to act immediately to address the ongoing anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) violence in Puerto Rico. In the past week, three LGBT individuals have been killed. On Tuesday, Ramón Salgado was found dead along the side of a highway in Humacao; Karlota Gómez Sánchez, a transgender woman, was shot to death in Santurce on Monday; and Alejandro Torres Torres was stabbed to death in Ponce on Saturday.
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Monday, May 16, 2011
Congressional Briefing Spotlights Findings of Injustice at Every Turn
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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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Employment Non-Discrimination Act Is Reintroduced in U.S. House
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds today’s U.S. House reintroduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure was reintroduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). National Gay and Lesbian Task Force staff were on hand for today’s press conference announcing ENDA’s reintroduction. The Task Force was the first national organization to advocate for federal nondiscrimination protections when it worked with then-U.S. Reps.
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