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By Lavender June 5, 2008

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NGLTF’s Matt Foreman Steps Down

In April, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) lost Executive Director Matt Foreman to the Evelyn & Walter Hass, Jr. Fund. The latter is the largest non-gay-identified supporter of GLBT causes in the nation. While Forman will be missed, his work continues.

“I will always love the Task Force,” Forman commented. “I’m incredibly privileged to be able to continue to work in and for the movement in a new role.”

During his time at (NGLTF), he saw a doubling of the company’s budget, as well as its growth and influence on the whole. It continues to be one of the nation’s most well-recognized GLBT organizations. Its current focus is on building Congressional support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), as well as pressing for the inclusion of transgender individuals, whom the bill omits.

Roey Thorpe, former Director of Basic Rights Oregon, said of Forman, “As a leader, he never flinched, consistently bringing a clear, courageous voice for nothing short of full equality for our entire community.”

For more information, visit www.thetaskforce.org.

Hennepin Theatre Trust Brings Broadway to the Cities

The Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the State, Orpheum, and Pantages Theatres, gives theater aficionados several reasons to don their suits and opera glasses for a night on the town.

“Each year, the Trust endeavors to surpass itself in crafting a season that not only encompasses the newest and most innovative Broadway touring shows, but includes appealing classics that have withstood the test of time,” according to Tom Hoch, President and CEO of the Trust.

With a mix of Broadway grandeur and classic finish, the upcoming season is sure to have something for everyone. Classics like Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, as well as adaptations of Grease and Wicked, all are scheduled, plus newer productions like A Bronx Tale, written and performed by Chazz Palminteri.

Tickets are sure to sell quickly, so get in early. Regular and season tickets, as well as group rates, are available through the box office, via the Internet, or by mail.

Hennepin Theatre Trust
1-800-859-SHOW (7469)
www.HennepinTheatreDistrict.org

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