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The Task Force outlines 2010 fight for equality
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The Task Force outlines 2010 fight for equality

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey has announced the organization's outline for LGBT equality battles in 2010. The Task Force is one of the nations largest LGBT advocacy organizations and has been in operation since 1973.

"It's been quite a year," Carey said. "2009 has been full of ups and downs for the LGBT movement. While we finally passed comprehensive hate crimes legislation and made some significant progress on employment nondiscrimination, we also suffered some heartbreaking defeats when it came to marriage equality."

Carey says Task Force officials have set up a 2010 "Fight Back" fund, which is accepting donations to help ensure victories in the coming year. She said the tax-deductible year-end gift would go towards the Task Force's effort to train, mobilize, and activate members, hold leaders accountable, and take on legislative battles and win them. Carey says the organization hopes to raise $100,000 at year's end, but said, "With the stakes as high as they are in the coming year, we must aim high."

According to the Task Force, here's how they will put your donation to work in 2010:

Train, mobilize, and activate: Starting with our annual Creating Change conference, the Task Force does more than any other national organization to train LGBT activists and leaders. With your help, we can continue to build a powerful movement of people who will use their new skills and networks on the ground, state by state, to change hearts and minds.

Hold our leaders accountable: A lot has been said about the fact that we have a friendly administration in the White House. And while we're glad we may have an ally, we can't sit back and wait for change - not when so much is at stake. Your donation means that when it's time to act, we can and will use every resource we have to mobilize the grassroots, go door to door in cities and towns across the nation, and knock on doors on Capitol Hill to make sure our elected officials are also working for LGBT equality.

Take on legislative battles and win: We know that passing employment nondiscrimination legislation, ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," or getting the U.S. Census Bureau to finally count LGBT individuals and families won't solve all our problems. But these critical pieces of legislation that impact the lives and well-being of individuals, families and communities will likely be decided in 2010.

"We simply can no longer afford to be outspent and outmaneuvered by hate-filled extremists and we're going to need everyone - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, straight - to help change the tide next year," said Carey. "The rights and liberties of hundreds of thousands of LGBT people and families are at stake."

For more information about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, or to make a donation to the 2010 "Fight Back" fund, visit the organization online at www.thetaskforce.org.

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