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!
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the nominee’s:
· 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.
New Executive Director Appointed
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
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.
DOMA Overturned, Now What?
Sherry Tripepi and Audrey Remusat
are pictured on the front page of Pride Source, Between the Lines
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.
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!
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.
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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.