PICS Organization Name
National LGBTQ Task Force
Washington, District of Columbia
Christina Im '22, Nora Aguiar '21
The National LGBTQ Task Force builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families. As a progressive social justice organization, the Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves equity for all. The Task Force approaches advocacy through an intersectional lens. While the word “intersectional” has taken on a meaning more akin to “diversity” in the popular lexicon of social justice advocacy, we mean it as it was originally intended. We recognize that people experience oppression in a manner that is reflective of their multiple overlapping identities; when identities overlap, they merge to form a whole being that experiences the world differently than it would if those identities were examined in isolation.
The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.The Task Force greatly benefits from interns, including from previous PICS Interns, to help with a range of administrative work, particularly around galvanizing support for our upcoming 30th anniversary Creating Change Conference, to be held in Washington DC in January.
Previous interns have worked with the Creating Change department, as well as with the Advocacy and Action Department, to build support for Creating Change. The conference hosts nearly 4,000 people each year, and focuses on building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. The intern was tasked with basic administrative work, which may include some light writing and other organizational responsibilities. They also worked with Task Force organizers around assisting with outreach for organizing events, logistics for volunteer recruitment, attending team meetings, and other recruitment events designed to inform the public about the conference and interest people in attending.
First and foremost, the intern must be respectful of the LGBTQ community, understanding (or being willing to learn) about how sexual orientation and gender identity and expression are critical forms of expression that must be protected by laws and celebrated by cultural means. The intern, thus, must be open minded, wiling to learn about such issues as power and oppression, white supremacy and privilege and other aspects of racial and gender justice. The intern must reflect a professional attitude at work, working well with colleagues, learning about office culture and relating appropriately to their supervisor. Basic administrative skills, such as organization and basic writing ability, are required.
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
6/8/20 - 8/17/20
Meets Certificate Requirement
The task force will assist the intern in securing affordable housing in the Washington DC area, to the best of its ability.
There may be some evening meetings related to the internship, to be held at the same office of the internship.
The Task Force is an organization with such a rich history in the LGBTQ movement, and the opportunity to participate in that history is truly priceless. That, combined with the expertise and passion of every staff member and the empathetic, open culture of the office, make this a meaningful internship regardless of the intern’s experience level with organizing and advocacy.
--Christina Im '22
My best work was also my hardest work, which was getting used to the D.C area and becoming involved with queer activist groups beyond a college campus. My first week in particular, I worked on acquainting myself with those much older than me (several law fellows) as well as adapting to D.C bureaucratic lingo. My best time within the stress of getting into a routine was the first week, where I marched with my organization outside the Capitol and White House during Pride Week. It was exhausting but was also an amazing beginning to my work.
—Lucas Ramos '19
Everything the Task Force does is to advance systemic social change, particularly for the LGBTQ community. My work specifically focused on the Creating Change conference, one of the most important things the Task Force does. The Creating Change conference focuses on uniting communities, training organizers, and educating activists on various social justice issues. It was similarly educationally enriching, as I learned much about professional activism, social justice policy, and organizing techniques. —Nora Aguiar '21