Gay and Lesbian Task Force changes name to reflect embedded inclusivity

LGBTQ Task ForceNEW NAME, NEW PLAN FOR NATION’S OLDEST NATIONAL LGBTQ ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION

The group we have always known as ‘The Task Force’ or to be more exact, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has changed their name to reflect a quality we always knew existed there.
They will now be known as the National LGBTQ Task Force to better highlight their commitment to trans, intersex, Bi and questioning folks.

Most all of us will never forget that the Task Force stood with us when ENDA was split or how we see almost daily references to the ground breaking report “Injustice at every turn.

I guess I was the last to find out.

I was just retweeted by the Task Force, maybe a first, and as is my practice I like to pay the retweeter a visit to repay in kind and there they were. All of the rest of the letters (or many more anyways) of our LGBTQQIAAP alphabet soup.

The LGBTQ Task Force press release September 8, 2014.

NEW NAME, NEW PLAN FOR NATION’S OLDEST NATIONAL LGBTQ ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 8, 2014 — Today the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, America’s oldest national LGBT advocacy organization, is changing its name and upping its game to deliver full LGBTQ freedom, justice and equality.

The organization’s new name is the National LGBTQ Task Force, its tagline is “Be you,” and its vision is a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves freedom and equity for all.

“We are seeing a real palpable hunger in LGBTQ people’s hearts not just to be out, but to bring their entire selves to every aspect of their lives: to ‘Be You’ without fear, without persecution, without discrimination,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force. “And there is a deep desire for more change, to look beyond marriage equality, with millions of us still facing formidable barriers in every aspect of our lives: at school, in housing, employment, in health care, in our faith congregations, in retirement and in basic human rights.”

The new more inclusive name adds bisexual, transgender and queer to lesbian and gay in the form of LGBTQ. The new tagline “Be You” speaks to the desire for freedom to be yourself in a just society — and also points to the remaining barriers that still exist for LGBTQ people and their families in experiencing real freedom. The evolved brand, with a new logo, color palette and website is designed to put forth the organization’s values, mission and strategic direction.

“Now more than ever we have the power to define the future we want &mash; a world where every LGBTQ person can be themselves without any barriers. We have worked hard for decades to create this momentum. Let’s seize this opportunity, let’s be ourselves fully, and let’s make a future together that’s worthy of our struggle,” stressed Carey.

Note to editors: The National LGBTQ Task Force’s historic change comes in the week that the Supreme Court extended marriage equality to more states and the nation gets ready to celebrate National Coming Out Day this weekend.

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To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.

Media Contacts:
Mark Daley
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
(Office) 202.639.6325
(Cell) 202.379.8318
mdaley@thetaskforce.org

Jorge Amaro
Media and Public Relations Director
(Office) 202.639.6306
(Cell) 213.842.7564
jamaro@thetaskforce.org

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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