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The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library has been digitizing local items to preserve and to make these accessible items to the public.  NIDL is happy to announce that all eleven books from 1997 to 2009 of the Rainbow Reader have completed our first step toward being digitized.  These 117 issues of the UP The Stairs Community Center's second major newsletter are already to peruse by clicking our Digital Archives button.


How to Search NIDL Archives on MDON

If the title "TROIS" is put into a keyword search it will bring up 81 issues due to the fact that the TROIS was mentioned in five of the Rainbow Readers.  Using the "Advanced Search" and looking up TROIS as the "Title" will bring up the 76 issues of the newsletter by themselves.  Since historical articles were written in both newsletters using either keyword or advance searches are excellent ways to look up names, places or topics in Fort Wayne LGBTQ+ history.


This process is not only costly in dollars but also time volunteers spent in cleaning up the metadata behind the images so that keyword searches for information are available.  Our first digitized newsletter was the TROIS: Three Rivers One In Six (One in six was the Kinsey Institute's estimate of homosexuals in the population.) from late 1980 to 1987.  The TROIS was started by GLO or the Gay, Lesbian Organization here in Fort Wayne, IN and the first major newsletter of the community center that became known as Up The Stairs  The TROIS was a typewritten newsletter and Computers hate typewriters.  Due to varying keystrokes and outdated fonts NIDL staff literally had to retype almost all of each of the 76 issues. 

The TROIS project took two and a half years from beginning to end.


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It's time for PRIDE Prom!

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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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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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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.



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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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 the
survey.) The survey is completely anonymous.

For more info and to complete the survey online, visit:

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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.

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