Honoring transgender individuals who have had their lives taken violently this past year, The National Transgender Day of Remembrance will take place on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm.
It will be held at the newly designated opening and affirming Sylvania UCC at 7240 Erie Street, Sylvania, Ohio.
Hate-Motivated attack of a transgender woman in Toledo
Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) responds to the
vicious hate-motivated assault of Candice Rose Milligan, a transgender woman and
community leader in Toledo, Ohio.
BRAVO is working with local and statewide organizations including
TransOhio, EqualityToledo, Toledo Area Transgender Support (TATS), and individuals
in Toledo to offer our assistance with efforts to support Candice and the community
during this critical time.
BRAVO believes this attack to be a hate crime; Candice Milligan was
targeted based on other’s perception of her gender identity and expression. “BRAVO
is saddened to learn of the most recent hate crime assault,” said Gloria
McCauley, Executive Director of BRAVO. “Sadly, we know that hate crime violence
in its many forms are intended to instill the message of hate and fear throughout
the entire community. Hate crimes largely go under-reported, or not reported at
all, and people are left with restoring their sense of safety and security on
Several men shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs brutally attacked
Candice on November 3, 2014 at approximately 12:00pm near Madison Avenue and 12th
Street in downtown Toledo, resulting in multiple critical injuries. Candice is
undergoing medical treatment and surgery.
BRAVO is a member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
(NCAVP). In the most recent report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013,
BRAVO documented 100 incidents of anti-LGBT hate crime in Ohio. “What
emerges clearly is that many of the people at risk for the most severe hate
violence are at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression and
discrimination,” said Aaron Eckhardt, Training and Technical Assistance
Director at the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization in Ohio. “BRAVO is saddened
and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted. BRAVO remains
steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio,” said
“We’re providing support to Candice and the Toledo
transgender community. We will continue
to support Candice during her recovery, and provide resources for the Toledo
transgender community,” says Shane Morgan, founder and Chair of TransOhio.
BRAVO urges anyone with information
about this attack to contact the Toledo Police at (419) 245-3246, BRAVO at 866-86-BRAVO, and/or TransOhio
at (614) 441-8167.
BRAVO encourages anyone who has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence in Ohio
to contact us toll free, 866-86-BRAVO or http://www.bravo-ohio.org.
Join BRAVO in our
efforts to prevent and respond to LGBTQ violence. To learn more about our
statewide advocacy and services, receive technical assistance, or support, contact BRAVO
Congratulations to this years
EqualityToledo Equality Award Recipients.
- Lillian Briggs
- Rick Cornett
- Nancy Orel
- Sherry Tripepi
- Phil Taylor
- Why Marriage Matters Ohio
Thank You, Toledo!
Toledo Pride 2014 was a huge success!
We want to thank the entire
community for making the 5th annual Toledo Pride the biggest and best event in
our history! 18,000 people joined us over the weekend to celebrate
diversity, acceptance and unity in Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo.
2014 by the numbers:
- Nite Glo 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk and Roll -
Once again, about 400 runners and walkers joined us at the University of
Toledo. Congratulations to all of our participants, especially
Mathew Dixon and Kristina Vogel, our top male and female finishers!
- KISS ‘N’ Drag - 92.5 KISS-FM helped
us officially kick-off the Toledo Pride weekend with KISS ‘N’ Drag.
About 1,000 people joined hosts Eric Chase and Deja D. Dellataro,
our special guest performer Citro-Nella Kandel (aka the Morning Rush’s
Demetrius Nicodemus), DJ 3PM, Amaya Sexton and some of the area’s most
talented drag queens and kings to rock the night away. All proceeds
benefited the Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank.
- Toledo Pride Parade - The Toledo
Pride Parade was the longest it’s ever been with record numbers of people
lining the streets of Downtown Toledo to watch all of the action.
Nearly 50 local businesses, community organizations, LGBT-friendly
churches and more took to the streets to show their pride!
- Over 16,000 people and more than 90 food
& merchandise vendors, community organizations, LGBT
affirming faith groups and more, filled Promenade Park on Saturday
- 25 free mammograms and 35 free breast exams completed - all slots filled, for LBT individuals who otherwise would have not been able to afford these exams.
- 69 free HIV test were completed
- Live entertainment ran all day long
on the Yark Fiat main stage featuring our headliners Rye Rye, Pastele and
Eryn Woods, great local bands, drag performances, and more!
- Sandpiper Pride Ride cruises took
riders for 4 cruises down the Maumee River while flying a large rainbow
flag. Some cruisers were lucky enough to be treated to drag
performances right on the boat!
- Sunday Funday saw record attendance
with its extended hours and new location at Promenade Park. Over
1,000 people joined in the fun with kids’ games and activities, a climbing
wall, performances from Birds Eye View Circus, great bands and drag queens
We want to thank all of the
people who came out to support Toledo Pride, our amazing volunteers, vendors,
entertainers, community partners and sponsors (especially Equality Toledo,
Project iAm, 92.5 KISS-FM, Fifth Third Bank, Miller Lite, Yark Fiat, Outlook
Columbus, Owens Corning, Park Inn, Tarta, Toledo Free Press, Huntington Bank
and The Shutter Monkeys) for making Toledo Pride 2014 such a huge success!
We couldn’t have done it without you!
The weekend was a fun filled
celebration of our community. Thank you for your support and we will see you
next year at Toledo Pride 2015.