From remarks by Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, to the National Press Club Oct. 9: The demands of the March on Washington reflect what {the} agenda will be in the years ahead. They include passage of the federal gay and lesbian civil rights bill, an executive order dealing with that branch's discriminatory policies -- from the military to security clearances; passage of similar measures at the state level as well as repeal of sodomy laws.

But our agenda is becoming broader than that: we are no longer seeking just a right to privacy and a right to protection from wrong. We also have a right -- as heterosexual Americans have already -- to see government and society affirm our lives. Now that is a statement that may make some of our liberal friends queasy. But the truth is, until our relationships are recognized in the law -- through domestic-partner legislation or the definition of beneficiary, for example -- until we are provided the same financial incentives in tax law and government programs to encourage our family relationships, then we will not have achieved equality in American society.

The gay and lesbian community is at the cutting edge of American society's definition of relationships and family and sexuality. . . . For each time we break down barriers of law or attitude, we are opening doors for everyone, not just gay people. . . .

In the years ahead, you will be seeing a good deal more anger in the political expression of the gay community. This will be prompted, in no small part, by the frustration associated with AIDS. As it is recognized that there will be no magic bullet to bring this nightmare to a quick end, there will be anger that . . . society is still expecting the gay community to shoulder the bulk of the burden.