The point of this presentation is to inform you of our interest group, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, in addition to presenting current issues that target the interest group positively and negatively.
Before we begin, it is important to understand words that we will be discussing.
1. homosexual , or gay is defined as relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.
2. bisexual is defined as relating to both sexes.
3. transgender is defined as appearing as, or wishing to be considered as, or having undergone surgery to become a member of the opposite sex.
4. LGBT , stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender.
Mission Statement of the National G&L Task Force
“ 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.”
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was formed in 1973.
The Task Force’s first focus was to abolish the view of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
One of the group’s first main accomplishments was supporting and aiding in the writing of the first gay rights bill in 1975.
Focuses The Task Force works with smaller, state-level LGBT organizations to construct order with LGBT issue movements and rallies. It focuses on fundraising and creating awareness of negative issues that affect the LGBT community.
The National G&L Task Force is… Liberal According to Dictionary.com: Favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
Leaders of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is composed of a extensive Board of Directors and staff. Above, Board of Director Jerry Clark (far left), with Candy Cox (far right), Matt Foreman and Howard Dean.
The issues this group focuses on include:
Elections & Politics
Health & HIV/AIDS
Parenting & Family
Racial & Economic Justice
Issue: Same Sex Marriage Currently, same sex marriage is illegal. Only “civil unions” exist, in which a couple is bonded financially with the same responsibilities as marriage, but are denied benefits.
How is the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force helping to deal with this issue?
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force strongly believes that LGBT should be allowed the same rights as anyone, in which they should be allowed to be “married”.
They believe that the 1,138 benefits that go along with marriage should be applied to same-sex couples as well.
The interest group is working hard to abolish anti same-sex marriage amendments by launching a online marriage center, helping to build strong civil rights, and opposing U.S Supreeme Court nommines that are vulgar towards LGBT rights.
Issue: LGBT Youth
The rate of youths coming out about their sexual orientation is on the rise, yet our society still faces many problems, including:
LGBT students are harassed and bullied in school.
A high rate of homeless LGBT youth has developed.
How is this issue being dealt with?
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has created a “campus organizing guide” to help students and teachers assist LGBT youth to have a safe campus experience.
The Task Force is teaming up with other supporters of LGBT youth to combat the problem of LGBT youth without a home.
They also offer “youth-oriented programming, community building, and networking opportunities” at their organized Creating Change Conference .
Involvement of the Task Force in the Political Process
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has a Public Policy & Affairs team that works hard for equality in the growing concerns of the community.
The Task Force works in Washington to help in the direction of reducing hate crimes, obtaining fair taxes to all, health needs and combating discrimination against LGBT.
One of the Task Force’s main goals is to help form a Supreeme Court that is LGBT friendly.
How can you help?
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force encourages all interested in taking action.
You can apply for a paid fellowship at the Task Force.
You can also get involved by visiting the Task Force’s Activist Center.
There is also the nation’s premier LGBT organizing conference, where you can participate in discussions of issues that the Task Force faces.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force encourages all to take action and voice their opinions to better the LGBT community.
After reading this presentation, we hope you have a better understanding of this interest group and the issues that the LGBT face on a daily basis.