WHO WE ARE

EqualityToledo works to eliminate discrimination in our region based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression through education, activism, and other anti-defamation efforts. 


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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 


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GET INVOLVED!

Interested in Volunteering for Equality Toledo?

Just fill out the volunteer application on the website or email us at info@equalitytoledo.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!





THANK YOU TOLEDO for supporting the 5th annual Toledo Pride. With recording breaking numbers we celebrated love and inclusion in our community.



Sherry Tripepi and Audrey Remusat are pictured on the front page of Pride Source, Between the Lines article covering the Marriage Equality Rally in Cincinnati on 8/5/2014.  To read the article click here.

Why Marriage Matters Ohio

EqualityToledo believes that Ohio, like the rest of the country, is well on its way to achieving full marriage equality.  However, the campaign for marriage equality must be strategic, responsible and in partnership with state and national organizations that have been at the forefront of the LGBT movement.  That is why Equality Toledo supports the campaign of Why Marriage Matters Ohio.
Why Marriage Matters Ohio was launched in September, 2013 by the Equality Ohio Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Ohio, and national organizations Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, as a grassroots public education campaign to build support for marriage equality in Ohio.

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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.


KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS 

Kroger has created a fundraising program for non-profits called Community Rewards.  Last fiscal year, EqualityToledo earned $1,581.81.  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!

     

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If you missed the show "8" below is a YouTube recording.  Enjoy!


 

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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.




Contact Us


EqualityToledo
P.O. Box 2659
Toledo, OH 43606

Phone: 419-407-6225

Email: info@equalitytoledo.org

EqualityToledo is a member
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EqualityToledo
received a grant from the
Toledo Community
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
healthcare system.

  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
population.

If you are interested in
learning more about how to
host a training on the
 important topic of LGBT
aging, please contact us
at info@equalitytoledo.org.

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.
org/lgbt/


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We Must Protect all LGBTQ Youth from Bullying and Suicide


The recent suicidal deaths of several LGBTQ or perceived LGBTQ individuals greatly sadden us at EqualityToledo. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families, friends and loved ones of those individuals who have recently died. The recent news reports tell us about Billy Lucas, 15, who hanged himself on 9/9/10 at his Indiana home after years of reported harassment by students who judged him to be gay. Asher Brown, a 13-year-old in Harris, TX, who had reportedly recently come out, took his life with a gun on 9/23/10 after years of being picked on for his size, religion, clothing and perception that he was gay. Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old in Tehachapi, CA, who passed away on 9/28/10 after 9 days on life support from hanging himself. Police reported he had been mercilessly taunted by fellow students over his perceived sexual orientation. Tyler Clementi, 18, a Rutgers freshman, who leapt to his death on 9/22/10 from the George Washington Bridge after a roommate allegedly broadcast him via the Internet in a same-sex encounter behind closed doors in his dorm room.  And Raymond Chase, a 19-year-old openly gay sophomore from Johnson and Wales, who hanged himself in his dorm room on 9/29/10.

To read the full story download a pdf file by clicking here.