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Welcome to the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library!

"Indiana's Oldest GLBT Collection"

 
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The Library's Hours:

Evenings: Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday 7:00-10:00 p.m.*

Daytimes: Tuesday & Friday 12:00 Noon-3:00 p.m.
 
Other times by appointment call (260) 481-0783.
*Closed Evenings during the Summer -- May through August 24th! 

Check the NIDL Calendar or "NIDL Programs" for groups meeting at NIDL !

 

NIDL is located in room B41 on the basement level of the Helmke Library on IPFW's campus.  A parking garage with free parking is available just East of the building at the end of E. Campus Drive.  Handicap parking is in the lot just South of the Library at the end of E. Campus Drive.  Meters are also available in the lot just South but are only for 30 minutes.  On the IPFW Campus Map look for the Helmke Library or building (7).

NIDL's presence on the IPFW Campus is a collaboration between the Fort Wayne Community Educational Center, Inc., IPFW, and the Walter E. Helmke Library.

 

Donations:

NIDL shares the Fort Wayne Community Educational Centers' 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.  Make checks out to "NIDL" and mail them to the address below. We need your support to the Library at this time which is crucial for the preservation of our GLBT library and for the library's future.  Please, won't you consider giving a tax-deductable gift of support so that this library will not be lost to our community?  The library also warmly welcomes donations of  materials.

 

Please use the Paypal button or mail directly to the new address...
NIDL
P. O. Box 5537
Fort Wayne, IN  46895
 

Anniversary of Stonewall Riots

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The Stonewall Inn in New York City is considered the birth of the Gay Civil Rights movement in the United States.  In 1969 on June 28th after the bar had been raided by police several times that year the Drag Qeens andpatrons of the bar rebelled against one more raid.  When the riots took off the police in the raid had to be protected inside the bar.  The riots continued for several following evenings.

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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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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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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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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 keep you updated with my progress and if anyone would like to get more involved feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you all so much,
Thaddeus Gerardot

Sign my petition to encourage Mayor Tom Henry to join the numerous mayors from our neighboring states in signing the pledge offering equality to all of our citizens.

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Library Programs To Go!

nidl bookcartNIDL has offered and presented programs to area churches, schools and libraries on various topics.  If your church, school, library or group would like a speaker or program about either the library or on a GLBT topic please contact NIDL by phone or email.

Contact NIDL: (260) 461-0783 during our hours or leave a voice measage with your contact information.  For usually faster contact email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Programs To Go!

nidl bookcartNIDL has offered and presented programs to area churches, schools and libraries on various topics.  If your church, school, library or group would like a speaker or program about either the library, the archives or on a GLBT topic please contact NIDL by phone or email.

Contact NIDL: (260) 461-0783 during our hours or leave a voice measage with your contact information.  For usually faster contact email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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