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Pride Prom- April 22nd

Calhoun Street Soup, Salad & Spririt's Tiger Room

7-10pm; all ages

$5/ person or $8/ couple

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Indiana's Marriage Ban Struck Down!

0320 same sexToday Just hours ago, a federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on marriage for same-sex couples on the grounds that it violated due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled in three lawsuits, including a case on
behalf of 13 same-sex couples brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of
Indiana, private attorney Sean Lemieux of Lemieux Law Office in Indianapolis and the National ACLU.

From the ruling: "The court has never witnessed a phenomenon throughout the federal court system as is presented with this issue. In less than a year, every federal district court to consider the issue has reached the same conclusion in thoughtful and thorough opinions – laws prohibiting the celebration and recognition of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love. In time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as Plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as a marriage – not a same-sex marriage. These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such."

From our Director, Scott Mertz, on behalf of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library: "The NIDL congratulates the many same-sex couples who have been waiting for this day for many years as well as all those who married elsewhere and found their marriages suddenly not legal by moving to Indiana.  NIDL has documented Indiana's gay community in Northern Indiana and hopes to continue to see the State grow in acceptance and understanding in reguards to this civil rights issue."

 

 

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Seeking Experiences With Healthcare

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Please distribute to anyone/everyone you think would be interested in participating, along with my email address: 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and cell phone  260-450-9384  for persons to contact to schedule participation.

"I am asking self-identified lesbians and gay men to help “inform” a research proposal I am developing by helping me put together a
comprehensive questionnaire for future research participants. They won’t be answering any questions about their health care per se, but rather
help me develop a list of questions/topics that providers should have addressed. Participants will be asked one question:  
                In your experience with the healthcare system, what  questions should have been asked of you, and/or what topics should havebeen discussed by your healthcare provider in order to provide better healthcare? What else would you have liked your healthcare provider doin order to provide you with better care?
The ensuing discussion should help participants remember issues with their healthcare that we should be asking about in the future study. I
will audio-record the focus groups only to supplement my recall of the discussions; recordings will be destroyed after transcription--within
one week of the group meetings." 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks.
Jeannie
 
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Jeannie D. DiClementi, Psy.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Indiana University--Purdue University Ft. Wayne

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

SCOTUSThe Supreme Court on Wednesday, June 26th, struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law signed by President Clinton that defined marriage as between a man and a woman for the purpose of federal law.

The decision was 5-4, with the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy — who also wrote the court’s historic gay rights decisions in Romer v. Evans and Lawrence v. Texas.  Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts all filed dissents.  Justice Clarence Thomas joined Scalia’s dissent, and joined Alito’s in part, while Roberts joined Scalia’s in part.  Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Kennedy’s majority opinion.

What issues did the Court have to decide on?  Three issues were focused on... the first was the equal protection issue. The second was whether the fact that the executive branch agrees with Windsor means that there isn’t a real controversy in this case, meaning the court doesn’t have jurisdiction. The third was whether BLAG (the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group) would be harmed by DOMA being overturned, and thus whether it has standing to defend the law (a friend-of-the-court brief by Harvard professor Vicki Jackson wrote that even Congress doesn’t have standing, and even if it did, BLAG wouldn’t).

Justice Kennedy’s ruling held that the court had jurisdiction in the case, effectively ruling that there was a real controversy and that BLAG had standing to defend the law.  For Justice Kennedy, his ruling was based on his judgment that DOMA violates the equal protection clause.  Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment states: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

At NIDL we celebrate the Court's decision but realize there will and is more work to be done in the area of equal rights.

 

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NEI LGBTQ Coalition

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The Northeast Indiana LGBTQ Coalition is a group of non-profit orgaqnizations working together and standing up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning persons in the Fort Wayne and surrounding region.

 

Mission

The Northeast Indiana LGBTQ Coalition seeks to enhance and support LGBTQ services in Allen County and surrounding areas by raising awareness of LGBTQ issues and engaging in education and advocacy for LGBTQ-affirming non-profit organizations.

 

Some current member organizations include:

  • YWCA of Northeast Indiana;
  • Safe Zone at IPFW;
  • Fort Wayne Pride; 
  • The Center for Nonviolence; 
  • Northeast Indiana Diversity Library; 
  • Fort Wayne Sexual Assault;  
  • Resource Center at IPFW;  
  • Sarah & Albert Reuben Partners in Health; 
  • Planned Parenthood of Indiana; 
  • PFLAG Fort Wayne Chapter;  
  • Congregation Achduth Vesholom;  
  • Northeast Indiana AIDS Task Force;
  • Women’s Bureau, Inc.;

 

 More info on this coalition will be forthcoming!

 

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LGBTQ YOUTH - SPEAK OUT ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL EXPERIENCES!

GLSEN

Help GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) inform education policymakers and the public about what's really going on in our nation's schools by completing the 2013 National School Climate Survey, GLSEN's eighth national survey about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth in school.

If you attended high school or middle school sometime during the last school year (2012-2013) and are at least 13 years old, tell us about your experiences in school.  (If you did not complete the entire school year you can still participate in the
survey.) The survey is completely anonymous.

For more info and to complete the survey online, visit: glsen.org/2013survey


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One Voice Indiana for LGBT Health & Nondiscrimination

OneVoiceIndiana seeks to:

1.  Educate the public and our state leaders regarding public health issues unique to the LGBT community;

2. Help Hoosiers understand the potential negative consequences of discriminatory law — such as the General Assembly’s proposed HJR-6; and,

3. Create a common site for individuals and organizations to publicly show their support for all citizens of our state — affirming LGBTQ individuals, same-sex couples, and their families.

Join Angie's list, Citizens Energy Group, The Jewish Community Relations Council, The Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination, Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Mental Health America of Indiana, Lilly, Cummins, and many others in speaking with ONE LOUD AND CLEAR VOICE opposing institutionalized discrimination against our gay friends and family. Go to http://www.onevoiceindiana.org/.

To the extent that you can share this -- particularly with folks with Indiana
connections -- it will much appreciated.

Support equality for ALL Indiana citizens. Add your voice.  www.onevoiceindiana.org

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Indiana Youth Group

IYG

Indiana Youth Group (IYG) provides safe places and confidential environments where self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth are empowered through programs, support services, social and leadership opportunities and community service. IYG advocates on their behalf in schools, in the community and through family support services.

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