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You’re invited to a dynamic panel to close out LGBTQ+ History Month

Nearly ten years ago Urvashi Vaid made a call for organizing LGBTQ+ women into a political force that cannot be ignored.

“We need to energize and organize lesbians, bisexual women, transgender women and all who love us into a new national force to influence politics. We need to push harder to secure outcomes that are pro-LGBT, pro-feminist and pro-social, racial and economic justice.  My friends we are going to do just that!” 

Since then, while many gains have been made – far too much remains the same, says Vaid. To help address this problem, Vaid spearheaded a diverse and dynamic team to undertake the first national community survey that focuses on LGBTQ+ women. 

So far, just under 7,000 participants have responded to the survey, sharing information about their lives, birth, chosen, and created families, hopes and fears, resilience, and challenges, reveals Vaid. “We’ll be in the field at least until the end of this year to make this a historical survey – not just in terms of being the biggest sample, but a historic sample in terms of representation of our expansive community.”

As part of the outreach and organizing, Vaid is now extending the invitation to become involved by inviting you to attend a panel discussion that the National LGBTQ+ Women’s Community Survey organized with the National LGBTQ Task Force and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  

The panel will take place on Thursday, October 29th at 3 pm ET/ 12 pm PT.

Vaid be joined on the panel by NCLR’s Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordan, The Task Force’s Deputy Director Executive Director, Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, and Former Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Vice-Chair of AbilityOne Commission, Chai Feldblum to discuss nondiscrimination protections and economic justice for LGBTQ+ women.  

The aim of the panel is to look back at what has been achieved for LGBTQ women, and to look forward to what more needs to be done.  

Please RSVP here and be sure to submit your questions for the panelists when you RSVP. Be on the lookout for the link to watch the panel live on the day of the event. 

TAKE THE SURVEY here or share this link with a friend.

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