National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Rating: 4.45 stars   11 reviews


1325 Massachusetts Ave. Ste 600 Washington DC 20005 USA


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.


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: 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!

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