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Tragic Shooting In Orlando FL

Sunday morning a lone gunman walked into the Pulse Nightclub and killed 50 people and wounded 53 others in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and the second largest terrorist attack since 9/11. Locally there will be a memorial service Monday night (6-13) at Plymouth Congregational Church @ 6 PM and a Peaceful vigil will be held at the Courthouse Green @ 7 PM. "Our hearts go out to the victims and their families from the staff at the Northeast Indiana Diversiy Library. We have documented violence both locally and nationally over the years and remind people that these victims are friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, fathers, mothers, and spouses to many other people whom their lives touched." Soctt Mertz--Director of NIDL 

Pride 2016

Fort Wayne Pride 2016 will be held on July 22-23 at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. The two day event features live entertainment, vendor market, a beer tent, concessions, workshops, tournaments, KidSpace, & fun with family. There are a variety of opportunities available for businesses and individuals who are looking to support Pride in the Fort including sponsorship, vendors, and volunteering. Pride is committed to bringing events throughout the year to our community, check out our events page for more info. Visit for event times and more information.
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Breaking the Silence at Headwaters Park

The NEI LGBTQA Coaliton will hold the Breaking of the Silence Rally and Lantern Release for the National Day of Silence at Headwaters Park. At 8:00 pm on Friday, April 15th, 2016, local speakers will share to the gathered crowd which will then marched to the rainbow lit MLK Bridge, followed by lighting and launching lantern balloons. Come join us wonderful night commemorating those who have been bullied or taken their lives because of bullying.

GM Foundation Gives Grant To NIDL

The General Motors Foundation spent time Thursday morning, October 15th, cutting some big checks to a number of local organizations, as part of its 2015 Plant City Grants. The NIDL was one of 13 local non-profit organizations selected to receive a monetary donation that for all totaled $130,000. The grants ranged anywhere from $4,000 to $50,000 each. Money was raised throughout the year by donations made by GM employees. The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library received $6,000 for program support. For the NIDL it means helping with support of the digitization of materials in the archives. The NIDL's current preservation projects through digitization includes: the TROIS newsletter of Fort Wayne; over 500 photos of a Revue at Tulisa's Up The Street in 1971; over 100 photos of early GLO activities which was the city's first LGBT organization; and reel-to-reel tapes of womens programs from Sister Space.

EEOC Makes LGBT Employment Descrimination Decision

On July 26, 2015 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled affirming that it considers employment discrimination based on sexual orientation to be prohibited under the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. "Discrimination has no place in America, plain and simple," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "This historic ruling by the EEOC makes clear they agree workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, much like gender identity, is illegal. While an important step, it also highlights the need for a comprehensive federal law permanently and clearly banning LGBT discrimination beyond employment to all areas of American life. Such a law would send a clear and permanent signal that discrimination against LGBT people will not be tolerated under any circumstances in this country, and we remain fully committed to making that happen." In a 2012 decision in Macy v. Holder, the EEOC determined that discrimination based on an individual's gender identity is sex discrimination and thus constitutes a violation of the Civil Rights Act. The HRC organization continues to advocate for permanent and explicit, legislated non-discrimination protections at all levels of government for LGBT people. This is because EEOC rulings are not binding…

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…

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…

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  Check it out!
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