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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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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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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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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..

Horizons Youth Group

About Horizons Youth Group: horizons
Horizons offers a safe space for GLBT teens and their allied friends to socialize with others and learn about themselves in Fort Wayne and the surrounding Northeast Indiana areaHorizons was established by UTSCC in 1997.  It is a social group for GLBT youth in middle school and high school. During the Helmke Library's Summer Hours we lose NIDL's evening hours ... So the Horizons will not meet at the NIDL! 
 
Horizons will join with the Center For Nonviolence's Youth Group for this Summer...
 
 
 
 
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Horizons is primarily a social/discussion group.  However, this format also serves as an educational and support network.  If you are a teen in middle school or high school who wants a group where you can be yourself or if you are a parent, counselor or teacher who knows gay teens who could benefit from this group please feel free to contact NIDL for more details or email to the address below with Horizons in the subject line. 
 
Hey teens!  If you need to talk to someone about anything... feel free to use the contact below.  We make great listeners!
 
  
Contact:
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Normal Regular meetings are:

To be annouced with the NEI LGBTQA Coalition GSA!  

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Horizons would like to thank the Fort Wayne Derby Girls for raising and donating to the NIDL $132 for Horizons and Youth materials.  You Girls ROCK! 

 

Donations:  As a NIDL-sponsored group, the Horizons Youth Group shares  the Fort Wayne Community Educational Center's 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.  Make checks out to "NIDL" and note them for Horizons in the memo.

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