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: 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.

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2009-6-01

 
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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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