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The LGBTQ community is moving forward

With over 300 anti-LGBTQ bills advancing in legislatures across the country, this looks like an unprecedented legislative assault on our LGBTQ community in 2022, surpassing 2021, which was the worst year on record for the introduction and the enactment of anti-LGBTQ legislation in state houses across the country. Yet 45 years ago, on March 26, 1977, a group of gay and lesbian activists met members of the Carter administration in a historic first. President Carter’s aide Margaret “Midge” Costanza coordinated the meeting with representatives of the then-National Gay Task Force (NGTF) to hear their grievances about discriminatory federal policies. George Raya, a longtime LGBTQ activist who traveled to DC for the historic reunion, said, “Over the past 45 years, we have had many successes – through the courts, legislation and executive order. However, in many parts of the country, we can be married on Friday and fired on Monday. We need the Equality Act passed by Congress to provide us with strong federal protections against discrimination, making it explicitly illegal to fire someone. “one because he is LGBT. There are only 3 surviving attendees of that meeting, Raya, Reverend Elder Troy Perry and Elaine Noble. Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of the National LGBGTQ Task Force concluded, “For those of us who are part of the task force family today know that we stand on the shoulders of our founders and all the amazing people who brought the organization to life in 1973. We will continue the fight for liberation and equity in their honor and in service to the LGBTQ community. For more information…