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IN THE NEWS
Domestic Partner health plan for City of Toledo Employees
Mayor Bell hopes to offer domestic partner benefits to city employees
Ohio Billboards Debate God and Gays
September 20, 2011: A Historic Day, the End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
U.S. Department of Labor adds gender identity and pregnancy status to employment policy
Obama ends defense of marriage act
New national rules for hospital visitation rights affect LGBT patients
President Obama signed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" into law.
Ordinances 7905 & 7906 pass in Bowling Green
EqualityToledo Featured on PBS/WGTE Deadline Now
President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
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 email@example.com. 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!
Executive Director weighs in on Marriage Equality
OHIO LESBIAN FESTIVAL PLANNING UNDERWAY
It might be freezing cold outside but it's time to start thinking about the
2015 Ohio Lesbian Festival!
The first planning meeting of the year will take place on Monday, January 26 at 7pm. The address is 3500 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43214. We invite all womyn who are interested in finding out more about the festival and how to get involved to attend.
Case continues after attack on Toledo area Transgender woman
The months of November and December have been tough for Candice Milligan, a trans* woman in Toledo who was targeted by attackers due to her gender identity and expression. Ms. Milligan has faced several surgeries as she recovers, worked with Toledo City Council to expand hate crime coverage and continues the fight in court with her attacker.
Click on the following links to follow Ms. Milligan's story via news coverage:
Why Marriage Matters Ohio
Does your school have a Gay-Straight Alliance?
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.
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!
P.O. Box 2659
Toledo, OH 43606
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A Caring Response:
Learning to Give Care to
LGBT Older Adults. This
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
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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.
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.
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