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Exodus Intrenational Closes and Apologizes

Irvine, Calif. (June 19, 2013) — Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality announced tonight that it’s closing its doors after three-plus decades of ministry. The Board of Directors reached a decision after a year of dialogue and prayer about the organization’s place in a changing culture.  The message came less than a day after Exodus released a statement apologizing (www.exodusinternational.org/apology) to the gay community for years of undue judgment by the organization and the Christian Church as a whole. The NIDL director Scott Mertz points out that, "Psychologists recognised very early that being LGBTQ was not a disorder that needed repairing or even should try to be altered without harming the person.  For years the American Psychology Association has debunked and warned against repairative therapy like that used by Exodus and similar groups.  The Diversity Library has studies and stories of the fallout of such mistreatment." Mertz adds, "The application of these therapies to minors usually in a forced or coersive atmosphere should be considered akin to child abuse and of fraudulent practices to families they have mislead. “Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living, breathing organism,” said…
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NEI LGBTQ Coalition

  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!

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 thesurvey.) The survey is completely anonymous.For more info and to complete the survey online, visit: glsen.org/2013survey
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Day Of Silence Wrap-up

Friday night there will be a wrap up to the Day of Silence in Fort Wayne gathering at Headwaters park and finishing at Traders Point Park (north of Headwaters Park, south of Lawton Park by the skateboard park) at 9 PM sponsored by a Coalition of organizations with speakers and candle vigil.
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Day of Silence

The 2013 Day of Silence is approaching on April 19th! Students all over the world take a vow of silence to bring attention to the harmful effects of anti-LGBT bullying. Will you participate and show your support for ending anti-LGBT bullying in K-12 schools? Register today and join the movement.Break the silence, register today: http://action.glsen.org/page/s/day-of-silence-2013Want to learn more about why we are silent? Saad explains the significance of silence in this short video: http://youtu.be/Ref-63Dn1Is
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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 Indianaconnections -- it will much appreciated.Support equality for ALL Indiana citizens. Add your voice. www.onevoiceindiana.org
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Petition For The Mayors For The Freedom To Marry Pledge

Petition by Thaddeus Gerardot in Fort Wayne, IN Currently 291 mayors from across the country have signed the Mayors for Freedom to Marry pledge. In Fort Wayne, there have been a lot of arguments lately against the freedom to marry with the proposed HJR-6 constitutional amendment. Our mayor has been a strong leader for our LGBT community. Let us show him our support and encourage him to sign the Freedom to Marry pledge. Lately in our local media I have noticed a lot of arguments being made to justify denying gay people the right to marry. I created this petition not only to encourage the mayor to sign the Freedom to Marry pledge but also to initiate a community discussion. I know that many of our citizens support the freedom to marry, but often we do not hear that support vocalized. I will be contacting the mayors office and several community groups and leaders over the next couple weeks to get this discussion going. Please share this petition online and tell your friends and family about it. Lets show the rest of the country and the people arguing against equality that Fort Wayne supports the Freedom to Marry. I will…
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Rev. Mark Kiyimba: A True Profile in Courage

Rev. Mark Kiyimba is the founder of theUU church in Kampala, Uganda(www.ugandaunitarian.org). Following the passage of the ANTI-GAY legislation, at great personal risk, Rev. Kiyimba spoke out against this bill and mobilized Ugandans to support GLBT rights. This bill was spearheaded and funded by American Evangelists during an Anti-Gay conference in 2009, led by Scott Lively.

NIDL's Archive Receives Larry Life's Papers

The NIDL Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library's archives has been selected as the repository of the papers of the late Larry Life. Larry was very active in the Fort Wayne community as both a theater participant and as the head of the Theater Department at IPFW. His accomplishments are too many to list here, but 2 of his biggest were productions of "Bent" and the overseeing of the production of "Corpus Christi" which garnered national attention and created one of the largest controversies ever seen in the local area. NIDL would like to thank the executors of Larry's estate for this great honor.

Macy's Supports Diversity @ NIDL

Today (9/7/12) Macy's presented the NIDL director with a check to support the NIDL's mission of diversity in the local area. Macy's has a long standing commitment of support to diversity. The grant of $2,500.00 will help the NIDL's work in providing access materials to the Fort Wayne, LGBT community and preserving the local LGBT history and culture. The NIDL is appreciative of companies who support their staff, customers and their families in our local community.

The President Has Evolved!

The President has evolved... ... and we thank him for speaking out! Barack Obama on Wednesday, May 9th, became the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage. "I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," --Barack Obama

Northeast Indiana Politicians Bully Youth Groups

Indiana politicians have no qualms about bullying youth groups with homophobic slurs. Against the backdrop of the most public court-case of bullying of a Rutgers student's suicide, Indiana Rep. Bob Morris (after some internet searches) believes the Girl Scouts is a "radicalized organization" that promotes homosexuality and Communist "role models." Then Senator David Long (March 9, 2012 Journal-Gazette) equates giving specialty plates to IYG like giving them to the KKK and in the process of revoking the plates causes the 4-H Clubs to lose their plates. Girl Scouting is the very fabric of American life and 4-H clubs are a Federal Government group for boys and girls in both the cities and on the farms. IYG (Indiana Youth Group) is a group for youth who know they are gay and don't feel welcome in other groups. So these right-to-life politicians feel it is okay to tear apart the lives of children who are alive and going to groups that help make them the future citizens in our country? Shouldn't these politicians pick on someone their own size or at least ones that are able to vote? If Indiana wants to stop bullying... maybe it should start with our politicians.

Congratulations Deb!

Congratulations to NIDL board member Deb Noggle for being named one of the 50 Movers and Shakers of 2011 by the American Library Association! Click here for full article.

Donation of the Gay & Lesbian Review

The NIDL received a greetings from the Editor-in-Chief of the G&L Review informing us that they were donating a subscription. In addition they would mail us a separate package of all back issues since it's inception in 1994. The package has arrived! The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide first started as the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review and is now in its 17th year of publication. It is a journal of history, culture and politics that comes out bimonthly or six times a year. It contains essays, book and movie reviews and a few poems in each issue. At NIDL the magazines are part of our archives and although they do not circulate the articles can be read and copied for study. Check it out at NIDL.
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