National LGBTQ Task Force
The National LGBTQ Task Force is an American social justice advocacy non-profit organizing the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Also known as The Task Force, the organization supports action and activism on behalf of LGBTQ people and advances a progressive vision of liberation. Current leadership includes executive director Rea Carey and deputy executive director Kierra Johnson.
|Formation||1973(as National Gay Task Force) founded by Robert L Livingston, his husband Tom Ellis, and dr. Howard Brown Surgeon General for New York City|
|Headquarters||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
Deputy Executive Director
|National Gay Task Force; National Gay and Lesbian Task Force|
The Task Force organizes the annual National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, a skills-building event for community and allies with over 2,000 attendees each year. The Task Force Policy Institute think tank conducts social science research, policy analysis, strategy development, public education, and advocacy.
- Founded in 1973 as National Gay Task Force, the organization became National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 1985, and adopted its current identity in October 2014.
- Founding leaders included Template:Robert L Livingston, and his husband Tom Ellis Dr. Howard Junior Brown, Dr. Bruce Voeller, Father Robert Carter, a Roman Catholic priest, Ron Gold, Nathalie Rockhill, Dr. Martin Duberman, and Dr. Frank Kameny.
- Lani Ka'ahumanu was the first out bisexual to be invited and to serve on a national gay and lesbian board, and as such completed her term with the Task Force board of directors in 2000.
- In 2003 the Creating Change conference featured the first ever Skills Academy for Leadership and Action, a daylong session dedicated to skills training for grassroots activists.
- In 2005 the Task Force protested against the Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders, prohibiting the ordination of Catholic homosexual seminarians.
- In 2010 Jaime Grant, then director of the Task Force's Policy Institute, thought of the idea of a bright pink sticker for people to stick on their census envelope which had a form for them to check a box for either "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight ally," which her group called "queering the census." Although the sticker was unofficial and the results were not added to the census, she and others hope the 2020 census will include such statistics.
Robert L Livingston, Broadway producer, producer of the Joey Bishop show, first openly gay Commissioner for Human Rights, New York City, his husband, artist Tom Ellis, and Doctor Howard Brown, Surgeon General of New York City; co-founders, 1973, New York City
Bruce Voeller (1973-1976; co-director 1976-1978)
- Jean O'Leary (co-director 1976-1979)
- Charles Brydon (co-director 1979–1981)
- Lucia Valeska (co-director 1979-1982)
- Virginia Apuzzo (1982-1986)
- Jeff Levi (1986-1989)
- Urvashi Vaid (1989-1992)
- Peri Jude Radecic (1992-1994)
- Melinda Paras (1994-1996)
- Kerry Lobel (1996-2000)
- Elizabeth Toledo (2000-2001)
- Lorri Jean (2001-2003)
- Matt Foreman (2003-2008)
- Rea Carey (2008–present)
- "Just before Saturday's Miami Beach dinner, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force rebrands itself National LGBTQ Task Force". miamiherald. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- "National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — Info". Facebook. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
- "Labor Leader Dolores Huerta Opens Creating Change Conference". Advocate.com. January 31, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
- Policy Institute, NGLTF website, archived from the original on September 27, 2007, retrieved October 17, 2007
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "Task Force History". Retrieved July 9, 2014.
1985 – To make clear the commitment to gender parity and lesbian issues, the Task Force changes its name to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
- Beredo, Cheryl; Nealon, Chris; Marston, Brenda. "Guide to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Records, 1973-2008". Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
- "L a n i ' s · b i o".
- "16th Annual Creating Change Conference Kicks Off in Miami". Common Dreams. November 7, 2003. Retrieved October 17, 2007.
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (November 29, 2005). "Task Force Denounces Vatican Guidelines Barring Gay Men from the Priesthood; Calls Upon Gay Priests to Come Out and for Catholics to Support Them". Common Dreams. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
- "'Queering the census' movement aims to get single gays counted". NY Daily News. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
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