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"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…

Hate Crimes in the LGBTQ Community

  Hate Crimes in the LGBTQ Community: Connecting Local & Federal Responses   What: FBI Presentation and Panel Discussion   Where: Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus 7602 Patriot Crossing _ Fort Wayne, IN 46816   When: Friday, November 8th, 2013 Presentation 1:00-3:30 Panel 4:00-5:30   Registration and additional information:           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.

Freedom Indiana and HJR-6

A coalition of Indiana businesses and groups announced the formation of Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan statewide organization that opposes the amendment that would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution to define marriage and could potentially affect hundreds of rights under current Indiana law. Marriage already is strictly defined as between a man and woman under Indiana law. Freedom Indiana will immediately undertake a grassroots campaign focused on the 2014 legislative session, where Indiana lawmakers can choose either to table or vote down the amendment or send it to voters for a statewide referendum next November. Freedom Indiana is committed to protecting the Indiana Constitution by defeating the amendment should it appear on the ballot. Coalition partners include Eli Lilly and Company, Cummins, Indiana Equality Action, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action, American Unity Fund, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and Human Rights Campaign. Click on the banner above to find how you can help or more about the coalition.

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

The 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…

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 ( 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…

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!  


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:

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.

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: to learn more about why we are silent? Saad explains the significance of silence in this short video:
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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 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.

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…

Rev. Mark Kiyimba: A True Profile in Courage

Rev. Mark Kiyimba is the founder of theUU church in Kampala, Uganda( 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.
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