Toledo Domestic Partnership Registry
To register, Click Here for the Domestic Partner Registry form, fill it out, have it notarized, and take or mail it with $25.00 to the Clerk of Council's office at:
One Government Center, Suite 2120
Toledo, OH 43604
Office open: Weekdays 8:00am - 4:45pm
Interested in Volunteering for Equality Toledo?
Just fill out the volunteer application on the website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Pride Center 419 located in the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd.
We have a lot of exciting projects coming up and look forward to working with you. If you have any ideas for projects or events, don't be shy send us an email and share.
EqualityToledo is collaborating with RAY (Rainbow Area Youth, a support group for LGBTQ youth), to help with donations for their meetings. To learn more and how you can help please click here!
Join us for our Sunday Matinee Series
2nd Sunday of each month
Pride Center 419 inside the
Collingwood Arts Center
Collingwood Blvd, Toledo, OH 43620
Sunday, March 9th - Trans
An up-close and very personal journey into the
transgender world through the memorable stories and the unusual lives of a
remarkable cast of characters. It begins with the story of Lt. Commander
Christopher McGinn, a Navy flight surgeon selected by NASA to serve on
two space missions. But, upon her discharge from the armed forces, Chris McGinn
would set out upon a different mission…from which she was never to return. Now
Dr. Christine McGinn is able to tell her own amazing story, (picked up by the
media on both MSNBC and the Oprah Winfrey show) and provide an entrance into a
complex and dramatic world that is "TRANS."
Sunday, April 13th - Fagbug
In honor of the 18th
annual National Day of Silence we present: Fagbug. On the 11th Annual National
Day of Silence, Erin Davies was victim to a hate crime in Albany, New York.
Because of sporting a rainbow sticker on her VW Beetle, Erin's car was vandalized,
left with the words "fag" and "u r gay" placed on the
driver's side window and hood of her car. Despite initial shock and
embarrassment, Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on
her car. She took her car, now known worldwide as the "fagbug," on a
58-day trip around the US and Canada. Along the way, Erin discovered other,
more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti, and
experimented with having a male drive her car. After driving the fagbug for 1
year, Erin decided to give her car a makeover.
And the winner is...
Congratulations to Dale Pelz Jr. for winning the 2014 Romantic Getaway Gift Basket Raffle. EqualityToledo would like to thank everyone who supported this fundraiser. We raised nearly $1500 to help with programming and support the work that is being done for full equality. We especially want to thank the businesses that donated to the fundraiser:
The Burnt Toast Inn
Biggby Coffee at Cricket West
Rave Cinemas at Fallen TImbers
The Flower Market
EqualityToledo Equality Awards
The EqualityToledo Equality Awards are given each year at EqualityToledo’s Annual meeting to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and efforts persons have made in our community to advance LGBT rights in Northwest Ohio. The recipients are honored for their dedication, service, leadership, and advocacy to the LGBT community. The 2013 EqualityToledo Equality Awards are:
Torie Thorne for her crucial work with Toledo Pride, organization of the Pride Parade and her work with the Pride Center 419.
Shannon Frye and Lesley Hancock for their years of service and commitment to Rainbow Area Youth (RAY) as Adult Volunteers
Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla for continuous efforts to raise and disseminate funds to assist and support local LGBT services and program. Committee members includes: Ed Hoffman, Wayne North, David Bingham, Rick Cornett, Andrew Larsen, Kenyetta White, Steve Maenle, and Billy Mann
John Widmer and TAGALA Newsletter by providing newsworthy information and a resource guide to the local LGBT community for 30 years.
Michael Miller, Editor n Chief, of the Toledo Free Press for his support and allied work to promote local LGBT news through the Toledo Free Press.
Congratulations 2013 Equality Award recipients and thank you for all you do for the LGBTQ Community!
DOMA Overturned, Now What?
On Sunday, October 20, 2013 before EqualityToledo's annual meeting Mark
Mockensturm, Attorney at Law, gave an informative presentation
titled DOMA Overturned, Now What? The presentation included a discussion
on what the Supreme Court decision means for Ohio couples. Mark's
presentation helped to clarify some issues for couples, although the
patchwork state laws leave many unanswered questions. To learn more, read Mark's handout from the presentation.
The 2014 Gay Games
One of the biggest sports and cultural festivals in the world comes to Ohio
August 9-16, 2014.
Cleveland+Akron, Ohio, expects to welcome more than 10,000 participants from more than 65 countries.
The 2014 Gay Games is about fun, games and culture too.
To learn more, click here.
REGISTER FOR THE GAY GAMES TODAY.
USE CODE [TOLEDO] to get $30 off regular registration.
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS
Kroger has created a fundraising program for non-profits called Community Rewards. Last fiscal year, EqualityToledo earned $1,186.74. Please assist us with continuing this earning. To participate, just register your Kroger Rewards Card online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com using EqualityToledo's organization name and/or ET's NPO number 81859.
Members must also re-enroll every April so if you did not re-enroll this year, please do so. The Kroger Rewards Program allows Kroger shoppers to donate money to EqualityToledo just by swiping their Kroger card each time they shop. That means that you do not actually donate the money, but Kroger does it for you when you shop at their store and swipe your Kroger card. We need you, so please consider enrolling today.
To register online: Visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com
Thank you for your continued support!
If you missed the show "8" below is a YouTube recording. Enjoy!
Does Your School have a GSA? Would you like one? EqualityToledo, Rainbow Area Youth (RAY) and AIDS Resource Center Ohio have teamed up and want to help you!
Did you know...
• 9 out of 10 students hear homophobic remarks regularly in their schools?
• Nearly two out of three students feel unsafe in schools because of their sexual orientation, and one out of three feel unsafe because of their gender expression?
• Schools with GSAs reported less homophobic remarks, and less victimization related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity (GLSEN, 2010)
Gay Straight Alliances are student-initiated and student-run clubs in public and private schools. GSAs seek to provide safe and affirming environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally youth to meet and discuss sexual orientation and gender identity issues.
For more information on starting a GSA, contact Gay Straight Alliance Toledo at 419-241-9444 ext 406.
EqualityToledo is a member
of the Community Shares
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received a grant from the
Foundation to implement
A Caring Response:
Learning to Give Care to
LGBT Older Adults. This
project will educate our
community about the needs
of the LGBT elder population
and train providers working
with our elders to be fair and competent.
According to Outing Age 2010:
• Four out of five LGBT elders
say they don't trust the
• Fifty percent of nursing
home workers said their
fellow workers would be
intolerant of LGBT people.
• Fifty percent of LGBT elders
live alone, compared to
33% of the general
If you are interested in
learning more about how to
host a training on the
important topic of LGBT
aging, please contact us
To learn more about LGBT
aging issues go to:
Caring and Aging With Pride: http://caringandaging.org/
The Joint Commission Field
Guide on Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence and Patient-
and Family-Centered Care
for the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community : http://www.jointcommission.