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.
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.