1. Public Relations Disaster: National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Disses Disabled Lesbians


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    Bay Area fundraising event reveals NGLTF's contempt for disabled lesbians. The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's current agenda has NO guidelines or goals or even a *mention* in regard to disability rights. The NGLTF slogan for 2012 is all too accurate: "INJUSTICE AT EVERY TURN" indeed. Please email, write letters and/or call the NGLTF directly here: 1) the email you send to Sue Troutman at NGLTF stroutman@theTaskForce 2) The letter you write to them: 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 1504, New York, NY 10038 Please send a copy of either: Copy forwarded to: somebriteideas@earthlink.net Mailing address: PO Box 5283 Berkeley, Ca. 94705 The phone number to contact them: Sue Troutman's office line: 646.358.1477 ************* As of May 28, 2012: Sue Troutman responded to several protesting emails regarding this incident as well as the overall lack of sensitivity displayed by the NGLTF towards disabled lesbians & gay men by basically stating that their CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE already deals with this issue and, she stressed the phrase "public events", thus separating (and still not *getting it*) about NGLTF's responsibility towards their own. Here is the pat response Sue had for the emails protesting their behavior: "Subject: RE: Inaccessible meeting space in Oakland, CA Dear Leslie, Thank you for your email and for raising this important issue. The Task Force definitely strives to make its public events accessible -- attached is our two page statement on accessibility, which we include in our Creating Change Conference program book each year. We work with the Disability Justice Collective, formed to help make sure Creating Change and other large public events are accessible. As you can see, we are committed to being inclusive of all LGBT individuals. The event last week in Oakland was, however, a private event held by a Task Force supporter at her private home. Some Task Force supporters were invited, as were some guests of the host. Private events such as these allow us to raise critically needed funds and to broaden support for our work for full equality. Please know that we would never assume you or others aren't interested in the broad range of issues the Task Force works on. We do hope to have a Task Force sponsored/hosted community event in the Bay Area on one of our future visits, and I will work to secure an accessible space. Again, thank you for engaging with us on this. Best, Sue" NGLTF clearly doesn't see their tacit acceptance of disability oppression in their actively accepting collaboration with private donor individuals who do not make efforts to make their fundraisers accessible. This. Is. Appalling. ******* As of May 28, we are still urging emails, phone calls and letters be sent to Sue Troutman and calls to her immediate supervisor, REA CAREY 80 Maiden Ln # 1504 New York, NY 10038 Phone: 212.604.9830 Fax: 212.604.9831 For Disability Consultation/ If you would like more information on disability issues and accessibility, contact: Jill Lessing http://jilllessingconnects.blogspot.com

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