National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
|Headquarters||Washington, D.C., USA|
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, sometimes referred to as the Task Force, is an American pro-LGBT non-profit organization. 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. It was founded in 1973 (as the National Gay Task Force) by Dr. Howard Brown, Dr. Bruce Voeller, who was the organization's first director, Reverend Robert Carter and Dr. Frank Kameny, in New York. The current name was adopted in 1985. The current executive director is Rea Carey and deputy executive director is Darlene Nipper.
The Task Force runs Creating Change, the National Conference on LGBT Equality which receives over 2,000 attendees each year. Plenary sessions provide a common meeting ground for the conference to explore current issues in the LGBT community. In 2003, the conference featured the first ever Skills Academy for Leadership and Action, an all day 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, which forbids the ordination of Catholic homosexual seminarians.
The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is a think tank that conducts social science research, policy analysis, strategy development, public education and advocacy.
- Bruce Voeller (1973-1976; co-director 1976-1978)
- Jane 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)
- LGBT rights in the United States
- List of LGBT rights organizations
- Urvashi Vaid
- Torie Osborn
- Lorri Jean
- Matt Foreman
- Robert Carter Roman Catholic priest
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- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "Task Force History". Retrieved 2014-07-09. "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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- "16th Annual Creating Change Conference Kicks Off in Miami". Common Dreams. November 7, 2003. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (2005-11-29). "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 2013-09-05.
- Policy Institute, NGLTF website, retrieved 2007-10-17
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