National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Rating: 4.45 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, LGBTQ

Location: 1325 Massachusetts Ave. Ste 600 Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: 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. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.
Programs: The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force ? the oldest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization, founded in 1973 ? is to build the political power of the LGBT community from the ground up. The Task Force serves several unique roles within the LGBT movement for equality. First, it operates the movement?s premier think tank ? the Policy Institute ? which conducts cutting edge social science research and policy analysis on the major issues facing LGBT people, same-sex couples, and families. Second, the Task Force?s Organizing & Training department trains new leaders on and assists communities across the country in defeating anti-gay attacks by the radical right, educating legislators and policymakers, advancing pro-LGBT legislation, building multi-racial teams, and working in coalition with other communities. Third, the new Public Policy and Government Affairs department is the only department in a national LGBT organization working to leverage federal resources to support the health and human service needs of the LGBT community. And finally, through our newly created Movement Building department and capacity building work, the Task Force is the only national LGBT organization working to build the infrastructure and capacity of local and statewide LGBT organizations through long-term, comprehensive and intensive investments. The Task Force also serves a vital and unique convening role in the LGBT movement, a role that reflects the respect the organization enjoys among national, state and local organizations, leaders and activists. Currently the Task Force convenes the National Religious Leadership Roundtable (a network of pro-LGBT faith based leaders and civil rights allies), the National Policy Roundtable (a semi-annual meeting of the leaders of all national LGBT policy-oriented groups), and our annual Creating Change Conference (the LGBT movement's national conference, gathering more than 2,000 people each year). The Institute for Welcoming Resources, an ecumenical group supporting the welcoming and affirming movement within seven Protestant denominations, became a Task Force program in February 2006 and will include organizing the every-few-years ?Witness our Welcome? national conference, which attracts 1,200 people. The headquarters of the organization is located in Washington, DC, with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Cambridge, MA, and Minneapolis, MN.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I was very disappointed when I learned that the Task Force endorsed an anti-lesbian petition against the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. The Task Force should stand with lesbians, not engage in tactics to batter lesbians who understand how we are oppressed because we are female. I will not give them any more money.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Task Force seems to be the only highly-rated organization focused strictly on fighting anti-LGBT initiatives. This is critical work. I don't have enough knowledge of the organization to give a rating, so I'm just reiterating Charity Navigator's rating.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Task Force completley transformed my ideas of activism and gave me the best opportunity I've had so far to truly create change in my community. I wouldn't trade my experience with Task Force folks for the world. I learned so much!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have used what I learned with them in all areas of my life. I have grown as an individual and had the chance to share what I've learned with those around me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money so they can continue to do more amazing things!

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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is America's premier activist organization working for LGBT rights across the country. The work NGLTF does, in conjunction with other national, state, and local organizations, provides our best offense against discrimination. Through real campaigns about issues that matter, the victories won by NGLTF help change our country and world into a better place for queer individuals, couples, and families.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

team building, recruiting, and change-making through the No on 8 campaign; the results would have been tremendously worse had the Task Force not been involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue moving just as they are.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the incredible people involved and the enormous amount of knowledge I gained from them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful people with passion about the issues at hand.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support causes financially and organizationally to succeed in a time that is becoming most difficult for LGBT organizations.

Ways to make it better...

the organization from Equality California and the top levels of Equality for All had constructed a more progressive campaign.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

homophobia, transphobia, and conservative attitudes, in the right and left wing, as well as Barack Obama's failed promises to the LGBT community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2008-11-01

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14 people found this review helpful

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is an amazing organization. I met them in 2005 when they were ran a training for a campaign I was volunteering with. In that first weekend I worked with them I learned so much; about myself, what I aspired to, and how to be a significant part of a campaign. I was inspired as I have never been inspired before. Since they I have worked on a professional level with the Task Force on many campaigns across they county. They continue to support me, teach me, inspire me, and make me strive for the quality of organizing they always exemplify. The NGLTF has had a huge impact on my personal and professional life more than any other organization I have ever come in contact with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the skills of volunteers and professional organizers all across the country.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I never stop learning. They always have more to offer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly skilled at what they do. They strive to impart their skills to others. They are compassionate and caring while always motivating others to work their hardest.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of LGBT individuals and families all across the country. NGLTF would work to pass pro-LGBT legislation all across the state as well as work to defeat anti-LGBT legislation.

Ways to make it better...

I had lived closer to one of their offices and gotten to interact with them more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

they are limited in the number of states they are able to help at any one time due to staff capacity.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They do a great job using and distributing the resources they do have.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

Never have I seen so many extraordinarily competent, hard-working, motivated, and effective people come out of an activist organization. Thank you for all of the hard work you do to bring equality for the LGBT community. I worked with Trystan Reese in California for the No on Prop 8 campaign. I never fashioned myself as an activist, but he made me feel so at home right from the start. He knew how to motivate and train grassroots leaders, giving us the tools we needed to really make a difference. Truly a phenomenal experience to work with him and his staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Training grassroots activists to be more effective at what they do. They really know how to make people like me use our skills effectively to change the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The way people take you under their wing and genuinely care about making you a better activist. It's not just about winning; it's about making everybody do better at what they do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The nicest, hardest working, most dedicated and committed people I know.

Ways to make it better...

I couldn't think of how!

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

My experience with The Task Force has been nothing short of amazing. Very obviously, everyone I met from The Task Force is amazingly dedicated, talented, and hard-working. They know how to support groups and individuals, to help plant the seeds of grass-roots organizing that not only gets volunteers involved, but brings them to the forefront of the movement itself. Through working with The Task Force, I have not simply spent time working for something I support, but learned how to effectively focus my energy and passion to creating change. Rather than simply joining a movement, The Task Force has empowered me to help lead it. Because of this, I have become a better leader, a more focused worker, and gained confidence in all areas of my life, not just while working for marriage equality.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Community results, I've seen throughout the GLBTQ community in Los Angeles. Individual results, I've seen in my work, both within and outside of my volunteer work with them; in my leadership abilities; and in my confidence.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I learned how to take ownership of my involvement within the gay rights movement, and of the movement itself. They empower volunteers to not just participate, but to grow and lead.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Field organizers, and other volunteers similar to myself. Dedicated, energetic, tireless, compassionate, friendly, talented, beautiful, amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support community-based GLBTQ groups around the world, empowering people everywhere.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

40% of homeless youth in the United States identify as LGBTQ, this is an issue our community cannot ignore. As a formerly homeless queer youth and now as the editor of the forthcoming ‘Kicked Out’ anthology (Homofactus Press, October 2009) I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with The Task Force to raise awareness about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness. ‘ Kicked Out’ brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth ranging in age from youth currently on the streets to people who have been out for decades. The foreword for ‘Kicked Out’ has been written by Judy Shepard (mother of Matthew Shepard) and the anthology includes the perspective of leading local, regional, and national organizations including The Task Force. For decades the needs of homeless youth have systematically been ignored, however the Task Force has shown that they are not afraid of tackling difficult issues, and that they are willing and ready to put the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth at the forefront. The Task Force has given us the most comprehensive data about the prevalence of queer youth homelessness and led the charge to raise awareness about this epidemic. I feel honored to include an excerpt of their ground breaking 2007 report ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness’ within the anthology, and to have had the continued pleasure of working with them to end the epidemic. In solidarity, Sassafras -- Sassafras Lowrey SassafrasLowrey@gmail.com www.PoMoFreakshow.com www.KickedOutAnthology.com Author of: Kicked Out GSA to Marriage: Stories of a Life Lived Queerly

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

raising awareness about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

they were able to dedicate more time and resources to issues pertaining to youth homelessness.

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2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Volunteering for the Decline to Sign campaign and then being a super volunteer for the No on 8 campaign was very eye-opening to me. It helped me better understand the community I live in and the dynamics of running a local vote drive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

awareness and motivation in other GLBT people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out a way to get more GLBT involved. Make it a right of passage -- if you're GLBT or an ally, give 3 hours a week. You owe it to yourself.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

thier CAN DO attitude.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing and really helped others get involved and get motivated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pass equality bills (marriage, employment, etc.) in half of the states.

Ways to make it better...

we would have done more door to door canvassing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of volunteers and funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Trystan Reese is one of the most caring and helpful organizers ever! And Rae is doing a wonderful job. They help me keep reaching when I am tired and downtrodden and to throw up my hands and quit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I've seen the Task Force take a wonderful role in Miami, Florida with Amendment 2, in Portland, Maine at the Power Summit and working for marriage equality, and now in Cleveland, Ohio with Ask Cleveland. I personally love that they sent a staffer to help me take on my new role as a Field Director with Ask Cleveland, and I'd be totally overwhelmed without their help (Thanks, Trystan!). They work to empower others, rather than to take all the power and all the credit for the progress of the equality movement. They get that the way to move forward fast is to teach as many people as possible how to do amazing work, and they do it amazingly. I can't say enough, so I'll stop with: THE TASK FORCE ROCKS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Marriage Equality in Maine! The Power Summit! Amazing work in Florida and California! Me!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep things going.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that they truly understand people, and themselves, allows them to do amazingly effective work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Most of the organizers, tons of volunteers in Maine and Florida, the lead organizer, the assistant director.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have a force on the ground in every state.

Ways to make it better...

I got to spend more time working with them one-on-one.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The economy and trying to figure out where their services will be best utilized and needed.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Task Force does work!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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