LGBTQ Task Force names Cathy Renna of Montclair Interim Communications Director

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Cathy Renna of Montclair New Jersey
Cathy Renna of Montclair New Jersey

Activist Cathy Renna has been a longtime working partner with several LGBTQ orgs

The National LGBTQ Task Force today announced the appointment of Cathy Renna, longtime LGBTQ activist and communications consultant to the position of Interim Communications Director.

“We are thrilled to welcome Renna as our Interim Communications Director. She has been a part of the Task Force family for a long time, working on projects and has been a fixture at Creating Change,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director. “I’ve appreciated her as a trusted partner and colleague for almost 30 years and her leadership and experience will be of tremendous value at such a critical and uncertain time for our community and the world, as we  navigate the challenges faced by the LGBTQ movement and beyond.”

“My relationship with the Task Force goes back to my early days as an activist and frequent consultant on projects, particularly Creating Change,” said Renna. “The first media training I ever attended was in fact at Creating Change in the early 1990’s in Washington, D.C. At such a precarious and challenging time, I look forward to helping amplify the Task Force’s important work, from imminent Supreme Court decisions affecting LGBTQ people to the historic ‘Queer the Census’ campaign and ‘Queer the Vote’ in the upcoming November elections,” said Renna.

Renna is a veteran in the communications industry, and the Principal of Target Cue, a LGBTQ focused communications firm. Since her time at GLAAD, Renna has executed her particular expertise in crisis and strategic communications. She has played a central role in shaping many major issues affecting the LGBTQ community, from the beating death of Matthew Shepard in 1998 to the fight for marriage equality and the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.  She recently worked with the team that coordinated historic coverage for WorldPride/Stonewall 50, working with NYC Pride.

In her near 30 years of media relations and activism, Renna has been able to have publication of news related to LGBTQ organizations in many major media outlet in the U.S. and internationally, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Associated Press, BBC, The Guardian and the Washington Post. Renna lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her partner Karen.

For more information go to thetaskforce.org