National LGBTQ Task Force builds the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. The Task Force brings 45 years of experience working for LGBTQ liberation. We have developed a national reputation by providing a racial, economic, and gender justice lens to all our work. The Task Force leverages the authentic and transformative relationships built with leaders from progressive organizations to change hearts and minds and build an active base of support that can collectively influence the public. As an organization that expresses bold leadership through a values-based intersectional lens on issues affecting LGBTQ people, the Task Force serves as the connector between issues and movements affecting our constituents.
National LGBTQ Task Force
US gay rights organization
The National LGBTQ Task Force is an Americansocial justice advocacy non-profitorganizing 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. Leadership includes executive director Rea Carey and deputy executive director .
The Task Force organizes the annual Creating Change conference, 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 the National Gay Task Force, the organization became the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 1985. It adopted its current identity in October 2014. The founders of the National Gay Task Force included Robert L. Livingston and his husband, Tom Ellis; Dr. Howard Junior Brown; Dr. Bruce Voeller; Father Robert Carter, a Roman Catholic priest; ; ; Dr. Martin Duberman; and Dr. Frank Kameny. Later board members included Lani Ka'ahumanu, who was the first out bisexual to be invited and to serve on a national gay and lesbian board.
In 2013, the Task Force received the Large Nonprofit Organization of the Year award as part of the Pantheon of Leather Awards.
Creating Change conference
The annual National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change was first held in 1988, one year after aiding in the organization of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The Task Force has added and changed components of the conference over the years. For example, 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.
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.
^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.
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