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!




CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR

EQUALITY AWARDS


Do you know an outstanding leader in the LGBT Community?Someone who has worked diligently for LGBT equality in our region?


Nominations are now being accepted for EqualityToledo’s Equality Awards. Please take this opportunity to acknowledge outstanding efforts to advance LGBT rights in our Region. Nominations will be considered for individuals, groups, and employers. Self-nominations will be accepted.

Submit your nominations by Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014 to
info@equalitytoledo.org. Include the nominee’s:
· Name
· Contact information
· Reason the individual, group, or employer should be recognized


Please limit your submission to 250 words.

The awards presentation will take place during EqualityToledo’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 19th at 2:00 p.m. at The Law Offices of  Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer located at 3516 Granite Circle, Toledo, OH 43617. All supporters of EqualityToledo are encouraged to attend this meeting to celebrate another year of EqualityToledo and hear our guest speaker from "Why Marriage Matters". Light refreshments will be served.



We look forward to receiving your nominations and recognizing the outstanding contributions of our community.



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New Executive Director Appointed

EqualityToledo is excited to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Mr. Dave Crafts.  Crafts has committed his life and career to education, inclusion and community development work.  Originally from Sand Creek, Michigan, he has spent over 15 years in the field of higher education working at colleges and universities throughout the US.  Currently he is serving as the Director of Student Life at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo.  He has served as advisor to numerous student college student organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.  Crafts has also served on expert panels and guest lectured at colleges and universities across the country including the University of Central Florida, The Ohio State University -Mansfield, Aquinas College and the University of Illinois on topics such as hate crimes in the LGBT community, inclusion, safe space creation and collation-building.

Through a demonstration of commitment to his community he also serves as the President of the Special Event Association of Northwest Ohio (SEANO), a Board Member and Events Coordinator for Toledo’s UpTown Association, as well as a member of the National Diversity Council.


Crafts earned both his Bachelor of Science in psychology and Master of Education degrees from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.  His master’s research investigated the need for an LGBT resource center to be created on campus. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Organizational Leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he serves as a Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Diversity and Multicultural Studies. 

Dave currently lives in UpTown Toledo with his partner of almost 10 years, Jason, and their two cats, Puddin’ and Smokey.


Dave looks forward to his new role and shares, “The US, Ohio and Toledo are all at a critical time in LGBT history right now and I am excited to work with the Board of EqualityToledo in serving as a voice and representative of Toledo’s LBGT community and our supporters. The groundwork has been laid for us to move forward and continue to educate others and advocate for equality, fairness and social justice”

Past Executive Director, Sherry Tripepi completed her five-year tenure at the end of August.  Tripepi’s efforts and dedication facilitated the growth of the organization with many successes such as: partnering with Toledo Pride to develop, build, and sustain an annual Pride festival which included 18,000 people in 2014; she wrote multiple grants for the Safe Schools anti-bullying program, and other educational programs; successfully advocated for LGBT inclusive policy changes within local government and corporations; and convened faith leaders to discuss open and affirming congregations.  She will continue on as a board member for the organization and continue in a leadership role for the Safe Schools anti-bullying program.


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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.

Toledo Pride 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 and kings.

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.


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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

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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.