John M. Becker

Task Force Changes Name to Reflect Broader Movement

Filed By John M. Becker | October 08, 2014 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: identity, intersectionality, labels, name change, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, National LGBTQ Task Force, Rea Carey, rebranding, Task Force

task-force-new-logo.pngThis Saturday is National Coming Out Day, and this morning, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force -- the nation's oldest LGBT civil rights organization -- is coming out with a new name and a new tagline that will better reflect our diverse community and the group's commitment to creating positive social change in every aspect of LGBT people's lives.

From today on, the organization will be known as the National LGBTQ Task Force, and its new tagline is "Be you." Executive Director Rea Carey explains what that means in an op-ed for The Advocate:

Being you is to be able to walk down the street holding hands and not fear that you will be hit over the head with a bottle. Being you is to be able to live in any state you want and be legally recognized and honored as your children's parents.

Being you is to be able to enter a voting station as a black transgender woman and not worry that anyone will question you because of the color of your skin or because your ID card doesn't match what they see. Being you is about being able to claim and stand proudly in all of your identities, not having to choose one over another, or denying any part of yourself.

More, after the break.

Carey says the name change comes at an important time for the LGBTQ community -- one where we're on the road to victory on marriage equality, but where "millions of us still [face] formidable barriers in every aspect of our lives," including school, work, housing, faith communities, and health care, and millions also live in fear of persecution, discrimination, and violence.

She also says the nation is in the midst of an "identity revolution," where people are starting to feel empowered to define and claim their various identities and work for justice across lines of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

The National LGBTQ Task Force says its new name reflects a renewed commitment to building a world where all LGBTQ people can be themselves, without any barriers standing in the way of their freedom, justice, and equality. "Our vision is a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves freedom and equity for all," Carey writes.

The organization also released a video introducing and explaining the name change to supporters, donors, and the community. Watch:

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