National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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Headquarters Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Founded: 1973


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.


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Story: Through its Academy for Leadership and Action (the Academy), the Task Force continues to provide leadership development and training for the LGBT community. This program develops existing and potential leaders through trainings offered for leaders at beginner, intermediate, and advanced… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (The Task Force) is a large and well-established organization that serves a vital intersectional role among many local, smaller LGBT organizations. They help to bring the grassroots voice to the forefront. They also engage in deep capacity building with these smaller organizations by offering training and technical support throughout the year. Most notably, The Task Force hosts the "Creating Change" conference each year, which is an excellent learning and networking opportunity. The organization is effective in the national policy arena as well.
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Leadership
National-gay-and-lesbian-task-force Rea Carey. Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is one of the most prominent leaders in the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movement. Carey, who came to the Task Force in 2004 as deputy executive director, has served as executive director since 2008. Through her leadership, she has advanced a vision of fairness… See full bio.


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Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 3stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$7,715,727


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National-gay-and-lesbian-task-force Story: Through its Academy for Leadership and Action (the Academy), the Task Force continues to provide leadership development and training for the LGBT community. This program develops existing and potential leaders through trainings offered for leaders at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. This progressive learning experience builds off of other Task Force in- person trainings and also utilizes the Task Force’s newly established Online Academy and semi-annual convenings, Leadership Exchanges, of small 20–30 person leadership “cohorts.” The Task Force is developing leadership to populate staff, board, and volunteer roles within a myriad of LGBT and non-LGBT organizations and campaigns. The Task Force’s aim is to ensure that there is a diverse pool of leaders positioned to meet the growing needs of the LGBT — and perhaps other — movements. As a result, the Task Force is the LGBT organization that devel- ops the diverse leadership to populate staff, board, and volunteer roles within the movement. Through these mechanisms the Task Force trains more than 4,000 people each year. More than 250 training sessions are coordinated or programmed by Task Force trainers each year at the Creating Change conference, effectively training close to 3,000 people annually. There are currently 550 people enrolled in training provided by the Online Academy, and another 500 partici- pate through in-person trainings that take place across the country each year, providing funda- mental transferable skills that these LGBT movement leaders can apply to the unique needs of their communities and campaigns. The Task Force utilizes several unique program models to develop leaders in the movement.

Expert Reviews of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Evidence of Impact Summary:

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (The Task Force) is a large and well-established organization that serves a vital intersectional role among many local, smaller LGBT organizations. They help to bring the grassroots voice to the forefront. They also engage in deep capacity building with these smaller organizations by offering training and technical support throughout the year. Most notably, The Task Force hosts the "Creating Change" conference each year, which is an excellent learning and networking opportunity. The organization is effective in the national policy arena as well.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (The Task Force) have a diverse array of strengths that help them to achieve their mission. One unique feature of The Task Force is that they value mobilization at the community level as well as the organization level. Their work with local leaders is said to be non-exploitive and focused on capacity building. They are a responsible and highly accountable organization with a wonderful organizational culture. Their leadership is driven, strategic, and inclusive.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Many experts would like to see National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (The Task Force) expand their work in various ways. Some suggestions include including more analysis of class issues, increasing capacity for transgender-related issues, expanding their work on AIDS/HIV awareness, and connecting to smaller nonprofits. Other experts would like to see The Task Force become a bit more focused and narrowed in their scope in order to possibly strengthen their offerings. When the organization is collaborating, they should work to be mindful of different organizational culture and also work on making their efforts to be inclusive more natural. Their organizational marketing and communication could be improved both in terms of clarity of message and reaching a greater audience. Greater funding would help this organization increase their great work.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Capacity Building

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They offer an Institute for Welcoming Resources and Building an Inclusive Church Training.
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They have been providing training and support for grassroots organizing for over 25 years and are the only national organization doing so.
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They created the 50-state Equality Network, whereby we have state level LGBT justice and advocacy organizations in all states. Through their "Creating Change" conference, they train, equip, mobilize, and identify core leaders at the community and regional levels.
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NGLTF is committed to increasing the capacity of local organizations through its organizing and training team. Additionally, they have a dedicated staffer to aging issues who is singular in the field of LGBT liberation at a national level. Finally, they are the only group to convene a national movement-building conference each year.
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They are providing consistent expert consultation regarding trans advocacy and programming.
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One of the venerable organizations of our movement, the Task Force does outstanding work in research and training activists. They have an experienced and dedicated field team that has supported many important campaigns.
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They are great in their role of intersectional work and collaboration. They engage in strategic deployment of staff and resources where they are most needed. The "Creating Change" conference is stellar!

Multi-Faceted approach

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The Task Force inspires change using a multi-disciplinary approach, including policy work, advocacy, grassroots mobilizing, and public education. They are also keenly aware of issues around social justice and empowerment.
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I commend their willingness to continue to reach out broader and broader toward more communities and individuals within the progressive and LGBT movement. While all of our organizations have more we could do to impact the world, I commend the steps some members of the Task Force are taking to connect, empower, and mobilize the activists, faith leaders, scholars, and others who are doing this important work.
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The Task Force has a wide variety of programs with a big influence on community organizing and leadership building. They have built leadership and created grassroots organizing teams across the country. The "Creating Change" conference is the most important gathering for the LGBT movement each year.
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They have long-term experience working in the LGBT movement with a solid foundation of research, leadership development programs for new activists, and influencing on the federal and state level.

Great Reputation

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The Task Force is widely considered as leaders for LGBTQ equality.

"Creating Change" conference

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NGLTF is the major national organization working with grassroots activists. The "Creating Change" conference is an annual gathering that many movement leaders attend in order to meet with each other. The conference ends up being a convening that serves multiple purposes. Many organizations hold receptions there and many side meetings are held in concert with the conference itself.
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The Task Force produces the only annual, national, interdisciplinary conference for LGBT activists. Literally hundreds of workshops and other learning opportunities are offered to thousands of attendees. It is also one of the few gathering places for young LGBT activists and helps to build a new generation of leaders.
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NGLTF has built the grassroots capacity of the LGBT movement through mentorship and support during difficult campaigns. They have trained and inspired thousands of activists through their annual "Creating Change" conference.
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One example of their work is their national conference on empowering students and individuals to create change and be activists for LGBTQ equality.
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They are training up-and-coming leaders through the "Creating Change" conference. They are also broadening the movement agenda to include sexism, racism, ageism, ensure transgender equality, etc.
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The Task Force has been a leader in the movement for several decades. Their signature "Creating Change" conference has provided a space for activists to network and learn and cross-pollinate and build alliances that can last. I am also a big fan of their work around advocating for the transgender community, specifically with the release of their report "Injustice at Every Turn."
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Their impact is in their broad-based outreach and the "Creating Change" conference. They are the most inclusive of the large national advocacy organizations.
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They are responsible for the "Creating Change" annual conference, which is a great forum of ideas for supporting LGBTQ issues and culture. They have unwavering support of transgender rights and inclusion of transgender issues in our social justice work. Their impact can also be seen in the swiftness with which they have had people on the ground around the nation supporting ballot initiatives and other efforts.
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NGLTF works on many issues affecting gays/lesbians. One piece of their work in particular is the "Creating Change" conference, which brings together all walks of life in the gay/lesbian community to learn, network, share, and develop their skills to be leaders in the gay/lesbian movement.

Grassroots Connection

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NGLTF provides a grassroots voice in the movement. Their learning opportunities are financially accessible.
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They have expertise in teaching grassroots organizing and fundraising, especially leadership development. The Task Force's techniques are used successfully in a wide variety of LGBTQ political campaigns throughout the country.

Research & Data

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In part, I choose them because they are large. They offer really valuable research that, while itself doesn't have impact, empowers groups large and small to back up their work with strong analysis and data.

Effective Policy Strategies

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The organization has the ability to stay focused on a broader social justice agenda.
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They do thoughtful and strategic work on changing and overturning policies and laws that are harmful to LGBT people.
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Their impact is in the national progress on policy issues relevant to the LGBT community. Their "Creating Change" conferences, their movement on Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, etc. are all examples of their impact.
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The Task Force has been effective in delivering policy wins under the current administration.

Inclusive

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The Task Force, in my opinion, is the strongest LGBT equality organization at the national level. They are inclusive of the interests of all our community, even when it may not be popular. They speak for the entire community.

increasing Visibility

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Their impact can be seen in the high visibility of and advancement for LGBT rights.


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Balanced Perspective

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NGLTF has a progressive national perspective that really helps keep balance in the representation of the movement so that it doesn't get overly mainstream.

Clear Mission

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They have a clear mission. They are also strong in their engagement of younger activists.

coalition Building

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The staff members of the Task Force are extremely dedicated, from the top through the line staff. Another strength of the organization—which is unrivalled elsewhere in the movement—is its work in building coalitions with allied progressive organizations on issues of common concern, e.g. voter suppression. The movement for LGBT freedom, justice, and equality will only fully succeed if we have many allies outside of our community. The Task Force is the most effective national LGBT organization at doing this kind of work.

Deep Connection to Smaller Organizations

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NGLTF is a voice for individuals and small organizations. They understand the challenges of small nonprofits and how their on-the-ground work plays an important role in defining the LGBT movement.
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They aren't as extractive as some large organizations about taking money from communities. They seem to work with local leaders in a non-exploitative or overbearing way. They are about cultivation of local leaders and tailoring their agenda to local needs. They do hold THE national queer conference. While I have critiques of it, it is absolutely necessary and can benefit a very broad and diverse set of attendees.
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They are great at grassroots work and mobilizing leadership.
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They have strong organizational capacity on the ground. They are a national organization focused on LGBT community organizing. They offer programming that is relevant to the needs of the moment.

Engaging

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They have broad and wide support among traditionally aged college students, who feel empowered by working with them. They frequently reach out to state and local organizations in a collaborative way. Others sometimes reach out in patronizing ways.

Inclusive

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NGLTF has broadened the conversation to be more inclusive and has continually been on the forefront of creating a movement that embraces our diverse participants. NGLTF excels at providing on-the-ground support to communities that are working towards equality to build capacity and mentor people through the difficult process of policy and campaign work.

leadership

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They have strong leadership and marketing.
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They have strong and accessible leadership. They also have a keen ability to collaborate.
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The leadership of the Executive Director is solid, and their commitment to the mission exemplary.
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They have great leadership and have a strong, diverse, and cohesive staff. They work very hard and inspire others to do so.
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The Task Force has strong executive leadership in Rea Carey, and their "Creating Change" conference has a long history of bringing together seasoned advocates and those just beginning their involvement in the LGBT movement.
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The Task Force has demonstrated strong leadership over the years and a dedicated and diverse staff.

Organizational Culture

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They have great leadership, they place high value on youth and underrepresented populations, and they are constantly changing to meet the changing needs of the Q communities.
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They have an open egalitarian organizational culture.
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This is an organization of inclusion; the staff, Board, and outreach are all diverse. They seem more concerned with making an impact than burnishing their image.

Research & Data

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NGLTF does a number of different and important research projects at their Policy Institute on various topics important to the LGBT community. Such reports have included in-depth analysis on transgender, gay/lesbian elders/seniors, homelessness, etc.

Resources

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Another strength of this organization is its ability to leverage resources and develop capacity of other organizations they work with through sharing information, skills, and expertise in areas ranging from raising money to organizing communities to push back attacks on the LGBT community.

Responsibility & Accountability

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They have strong fiscal responsibility and accountability.

Excellent Staff

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They have a great staff, their heart is in it for the right reason.
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They have strong staff expertise and strong community relationships.
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Their strengths are their staff members as well as their conferences and regional summits.
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Their strengths lie in their leadership, staff, support, and resources.

Strong Leadership

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They have the strong, inclusive leadership of Rea Carey and Darlene Nipper. They also have good communications.
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Strong leadership, effective impact on national level.


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Improve Focus

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They need higher visibility
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NGLTF is competitive for turf and often tries to be everything to everyone without the requisite expertise to match. It tends to be more an organization for young activists dealing with identity issues than a heavy-hitting policy presence. It sometimes seems to stake out extreme positions.
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They seem to lack focus beyond a limited scope and the scope/sphere of influence they operate within is more of a bubble.
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They may need to be more focused, sometimes their priorities seem unclear.

Improve Marketing & Communication

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They have very poor visibility because of very limited marketing.
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They are having brand confusions. ‘Power is sexy’ doesn't really tell the story of working for social justice.
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They need to increase their visibility; not enough people know how they work and what their results have been. They need to get their think-tank back up and running in a compelling way, to the stature it had when Vrashi Vaid ran it.
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They should improve on internal communications. They should also become better at marketing their role in successes.
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I think the Task Force could improve its overall marketing. It is often seen as less effective because other large LGBT groups market themselves better. This is a shame because some groups are ineffective but attract funders due to their marketing prowess.
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They should improve their marketing and finances.

Improve Finances & Fundraising

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They struggle regularly with fundraising and financial management, going through up and down cycles. They also have not maximized fundraising opportunities in some of the LGBT cities known for significant generosity and where deep pockets of support for the organization exist or could be built. I also think they could do much better at promoting/marketing their work. They were the pioneering national LGBT organization. Everyone who paid attention in our movement used to know what they did. That is no longer the case.
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Their financial strength needs to be improved. They would also benefit from a higher profile on the national political scene.
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I wish they had more funds so they could increase their impact.

Refresh Conference

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Their main product, the “Creating Change” conference, needs refreshing. I believe NGLTF would be well served by a peer audit of its lifecycle to show what they need to enhance and what they should let go of.
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When they do Creating Change, they could connect more effectively to the local community. They often have a presenter on a topic whom they like and will fly in, rather than offering the privilege to qualified local presenters. It would build the local infrastructure more effectively if they put more focus on including local presenters for Creating Change.

Expand Issue Focus

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I would like to see more analysis around class issues. They should also share resources with smaller groups and projects and invest in the local communities. I would like to see them do more work to actually face the problem of religion in this country instead of simply engaging the movable middle. They are too shy on the issue of religion.
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NGLTF could also do more to increase the awareness of the impact of health issues among the LGBT community, especially HIV/AIDS. While they do some work, they don't necessarily partner with other national HIV/AIDS organizations to leverage each other's strengths to increase the awareness about the disproportionate impact on HIV/AIDS among the community.
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They should do more direct outreach to smaller nonprofits to distribute information relevant on the local and state level.
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Increase staffing and programs for transgender activists and issues.

Increase Accessibility & Outreach

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One possible next step would be intentional outreach to specific institutions of higher learning. They could also provide more scholarships for low-income people that would include the cost of travel to their annual convention.

Expand Services Offered

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I would like to see the expansion of services.
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I would encourage the Task Force to invest more in building communities through programmatic work instead of only focusing on legislative priorities.

Avoid Tokenism

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They are so careful in every detail of trying to be inclusive that it sometimes is off-putting.

Staff

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The mid-level management staff members are not very friendly and it often takes a long time to get a return call.

Be More Mindful

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They should be making sure they understand and respect the needs and culture of the organizations they are working with and adapt their work accordingly.

Seek Out new Partnerships

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They would benefit from the development of regional affiliations. They should also seek out ways to be involved locally.


Leadership

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Rea Carey
Executive Director
Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is one of the most prominent leaders in the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movement. Carey, who came to the Task Force in 2004 as deputy executive director, has served as executive director since 2008. Through her leadership, she has advanced a vision of fairness and justice for LGBT people and their families that is broad, inclusive and unabashedly progressive.

Some of the Task Force’s successes during Carey’s tenure include being a key player in passage of the LGBT-inclusive federal hate crimes prevention law; the defeat of multiple anti-LGBT ballot measures across the country; the creation and implementation of the New Beginning Initiative coalition, which secures federal administrative policy changes to improve the lives of LGBT people and their families; and the release of the largest-ever study on transgender discrimination in the U.S.

Under her guidance, the Task Force has also launched an Online Academy bolstering grassroots power by providing electronic access to its signature training programs; expanded its faith work through the Institute for Welcoming Resources, increasing the number of welcoming and affirming congregations to well over 4,000; and played a vital role in getting the U.S. Census Bureau to report married same-sex couples in the 2010 census. The Task Force also hosts the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. It is the largest convening of LGBT activists and supporters in the country, and serves as a driving force for strategy and organizing on LGBT issues.

Prior to coming to the Task Force, Carey worked extensively in HIV/AIDS prevention and in the LGBT community as one of the co-founders of Gay Men and Lesbians Opposing Violence and the founding executive director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. She has also served as an advisor to major donors and foundations, and has served on the advisory boards for such wide-ranging publications as Teen People magazine and the Georgetown University Journal of Gender and the Law. Carey serves on the advisory board of the LGBTQ Policy Journal of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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