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Marriage Equality is now the law of the land!

We would like to take this opportunity to mark this momentous day in LGBT history. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that Marriage Equality is now the law of the land.With this ruling, Lesbian and Gay couples across the country now have the right and privilege to marry the person they love without fear of legal recrimination. We thank all of those people and organizations who fought hard to make this happen. Without your diligence and perseverance, we would not be celebrating this day. Congratulations! Greg Kroemer, Board Chairperson Scott Mertz, Director Fort Wayne Community Educational Center, Inc. NIDL

Breaking the Silence at Headwaters Park

The NEI LGBTQA Coaliton held the Breaking of the Silence Vigil for the National Day of Silence at Headwaters Park. Four speakers talked to the gathered crowd which then marched to the rainbow lit MLK Bridge, followed by lighting and launching lantern balloons. It was a wonderful vigil.

Day Of Silence

Day of Silence (April 17, 2015) Silence can create change! That’s why every year hundreds of thousands of students across the world take a vow of silence on a Friday in April. This quiet but powerful, student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination. Anyone can organize a Day of Silence activity or event, and it can be a powerful way to band together and take a stand. Learn more about how to register, organize, what your rights are, and what to do if those rights aren’t being respected. Strength in numbers. Solidarity in silence. Learn More & Get Involved Day of Silence Candlelight Vigil 4-17-15 8pm Headwaters Park - Candlelight vigil on the MLK bridge commemorating those who have been bullied or taken their lives because of bullying. Afterwards, participants walked into the park for a "Breaking the Silence" rally with various local leaders speaking about bullying and LGBTQ youth.

Giving Tuesday

This year, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, there is a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for Giving Tuesday – a movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season. TROIS 2 Because of the support and hospitality of IPFW and the Helmke Library; and grants from Macy's and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne; in addition to donors or Friends of NIDL to our endowment fund... the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library could not provide the access to the wonderful collection or preserve the local LGBTQ history of Fort Wayne and surrounding area through digitizing history in the archives. Without our volunteer staff and student volunteers the indexing of NIDL archives would never get done. In fact this year the volunteers were able to finish the first drawer and start the second drawer of NIDL's two 4-drawer file cabinets--keep in mind we started this project in 2002. The TROIS newletter was digitized and is online plus the text has been put in metadata to make the issues able to…
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Photo I.D. Party

The Board of Directors of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library Cordially invite you to a Photo I.D. Party and Fundraiser (Help us identify people in old photos) Sunday, November 2, 2014 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Wunderkammer Gallery 3402 Fairfield Ave. (Former Casa d’Angelo) Cash bar, hors d’ouvres & Silent Auction

Anniversary of Stonewall Riots

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!

Today 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 onbehalf of 13 same-sex couples brought by the American Civil Liberties Union ofIndiana, 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…
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The NIDL Digital Archives

The Northeast Indiana Diversity Liibrary announces the NIDL Digital Archives and it's first collection of the TROIS Newsletter. Pronounced TWAH and standing for Three Rivers One-In-Six this newsletter is from the first Gay-Lesbian organization known as GLO.  This collection has great local history from 1980-1986 not found anywhere else and is available to view and to search the text by keyword.  One can search for a name, place or a subject.  The NIDL Digital Archive is housed on mDON or the Mastadon Digital Object Network in cooperation with the Helmke Library on IPFW campus.  A link to this collection is available on the NIDL home page's sidebar--www.nidl.info.  Check it out!
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NIDL Featured on 21Country (2)

    Eric Olsen came to intervew and Learn about the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library,  it's collection and archives from our Director, Scott Mertz. The segment is aired Thursday, Feb. 27th @ 6 PM... and is titled: Specialty Library Chronicals Civil Rights Struggle     In the climate of HJR6/HJR3 it's one thing to tell our community's and legislators LGBT people are here; but by preserving our history like at NIDL we are proving... "LGBT People have always been here in Indiana." Scott Mertz
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Seeking Experiences With Healthcare

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 acomprehensive questionnaire for future research participants. They won’t be answering any questions about their health care per se, but ratherhelp 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. Iwill audio-record the focus groups only to supplement my recall of the discussions; recordings will be destroyed after transcription--withinone week of the group meetings."  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.Thanks.Jeannie  ________________________________Jeannie D. DiClementi, Psy.D.Associate Professor of PsychologyIndiana University--Purdue University…
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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is Sunday this year and a time to not only remember all who have fallen to HIV and AIDS but renew our fight against this dreaded disease. There will be a World Aids Day Event at IPFW in the Walb Ballroom from 12 to 1:15 PM on Monday, December 2nd.  sponsored by the Resource Center.

"Love Free or Die" Screening & Panel

The Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren cordially invites you to a public screening of "Love Free or Die," a documentary about former bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. LOVE FREE OR DIE is about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir.  The film follows Robinson from small-town churches in the New Hampshire North Country to Washington’s Lincoln Memorial to London’s Lambeth Palace, as he calls for all to stand for equality – inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history. The film will be shown on Saturday, November 16 at 3:00 pm. Following the film, an interfaith  clergy panel will discuss the film. The panel includes the Rev. Dr. John Gardner of Plymouth UCC, the Rev. Misty-Dawn Shelly of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Fort Wayne, and Rabbi Javier Cattapan of Temple Achduth Vesholom. No registration is necessary. For more information, please contact the Beacon Heights Church of the…
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