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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!



Honoring transgender individuals who have had their lives taken violently this past year, The National Transgender Day of Remembrance will take place on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

It will be held at the newly designated opening and affirming Sylvania UCC at 7240 Erie Street, Sylvania, Ohio.

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 Hate-Motivated attack of a transgender woman in Toledo

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) responds to the vicious hate-motivated assault of Candice Rose Milligan, a transgender woman and community leader in Toledo, Ohio. 

 BRAVO is working with local and statewide organizations including TransOhio, EqualityToledo, Toledo Area Transgender Support (TATS), and individuals in Toledo to offer our assistance with efforts to support Candice and the community during this critical time.

 BRAVO believes this attack to be a hate crime; Candice Milligan was targeted based on other’s perception of her gender identity and expression. “BRAVO is saddened to learn of the most recent hate crime assault,” said Gloria McCauley, Executive Director of BRAVO. “Sadly, we know that hate crime violence in its many forms are intended to instill the message of hate and fear throughout the entire community. Hate crimes largely go under-reported, or not reported at all, and people are left with restoring their sense of safety and security on their own.”

Several men shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs brutally attacked Candice on November 3, 2014 at approximately 12:00pm near Madison Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Toledo, resulting in multiple critical injuries. Candice is undergoing medical treatment and surgery.

 BRAVO is a member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). In the most recent report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013, BRAVO documented 100 incidents of anti-LGBT hate crime in Ohio. “What emerges clearly is that many of the people at risk for the most severe hate violence are at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression and discrimination,” said Aaron Eckhardt, Training and Technical Assistance Director at the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization in Ohio.  “BRAVO is saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted. BRAVO remains steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio,” said Eckhardt.

 “We’re providing support to Candice and the Toledo transgender community.  We will continue to support Candice during her recovery, and provide resources for the Toledo transgender community,” says Shane Morgan, founder and Chair of TransOhio.

 BRAVO urges anyone with information about this attack to contact the Toledo Police at (419) 245-3246,  BRAVO at 866-86-BRAVO, and/or TransOhio at (614) 441-8167.

 BRAVO encourages anyone who has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence in Ohio to contact us toll free, 866-86-BRAVO or http://www.bravo-ohio.org.

 Join BRAVO in our efforts to prevent and respond to LGBTQ violence.  To learn more about our statewide advocacy and services, receive technical assistance, or support, contact BRAVO





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2014

EQUALITY AWARDS


Congratulations to this years

EqualityToledo Equality Award Recipients.

- Lillian Briggs

- Rick Cornett

- Nancy Orel

- Sherry Tripepi

- Phil Taylor

- Why Marriage Matters Ohio



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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.