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And the opinions begin...

Wow. Talk about a quick and amazingly to the point response. The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, of which I am a member, just sent this PR out.


Roberta Sklar - Director of Communications



April 19, 2005

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 
On the Election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope

"Today, the princes of the Roman Catholic Church elected as Pope
a man whose record has been one of unrelenting, venomous hatred
for gay people, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. In fact, during the
reign of John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger was the driving force
behind a long string of pronouncements using the term 'evil' to
describe gay people, homosexuality, and marriage equality. As a
long-time Catholic from a staunchly Catholic family, I know that
the history of the church is full of shameful, centuries-long
chapters involving vilification, persecution, and violence
against others. Someday, the church will apologize to gay people
as it has to others it has oppressed in the past. I very much
doubt that this day will come during this Pope's reign. In fact,
it seems inevitable that this Pope will cause even more pain and
give his successors even more for which to seek atonement."

-Matt Foreman
 Executive Director


Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Foundation (the Task Force) was the first national lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy
organization and remains the movement's leading voice for
freedom, justice, and equality. We work to build the grassroots
political strength of our community by training state and local
activists and leaders, working to strengthen the infrastructure
of state and local allies, and organizing broad-based campaigns
to build public support for complete equality for LGBT people.
Our Policy Institute, the community's premiere think tank,
provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle
for complete equality. As part of a broader social justice
movement, we work to create a world that respects and makes
visible the diversity of human expression and identity where all
people may fully participate in society. Headquartered in
Washington, DC, we also have offices in New York City, Los
Angeles, Cambridge, and Miami. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3)
corporation incorporated in Washington, DC. Contributions to the
Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Copyright 2005 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Creating Change (TM) is a trademark of the National Gay and
Lesbian Task Force. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong
to their respective owners. The Task Force Foundation is a
non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID #52-1624852.

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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 19th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they had a press release sitting waiting to go out on all the candidates. They just hear the word, and send out the corresponding release and blast fax it and post it everywhere.

All PR/Media departments do this. It saves helluva lotta work and "the early bird cathces the worm" thing.

When I worked on a National PBS News Television Show which shall remain nameles ... we had "Prep for Death" files.

Apr. 19th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
thank you
we get email alerts from NGLTF but had yet to receive one today. This helps!
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