The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear the appeal of the case that overturned  Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage  in January by U.S. District Judge Terence Kern. This appeal hearing will take place on April 17, 2014.

Regardless of what ruling takes place on the 17th, it is inevitable that this case will be heard by the Supreme Court. It is just a matter of time.

Hear from the Tulsa Plaintiffs!

What an exciting time for marriage equality in Oklahoma!

Ok, so I’m a little late in posting about this, but check out the spotlight that GSAs in OKC have received. GSAs in middle and high schools across America are a great way to connect with other LGBTQ advocates at your school. Be sure to ask around at your school to find out if you have one that you can join. If your school doesn’t have an active GSA, ask around, maybe a teacher you know and feel supported by will sponsor a new GSA at your school.

Check out the spot light here…

LGBTQ YOUTH – SPEAK OUT ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL EXPERIENCES!

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: glsen.org/2013survey

I have been getting a lot of emails lately regarding resources for parents and teens to get more involved in the lgbt community.

Of course, teens are welcome to join our weekly meetings in OKC. See our Weekly Meetings page for more info.

Blogs

Here is a link to a great list of marriage equality blogs.

Top 5 Oklahoma Resources

1. Cimmaron Alliance

http://www.cimarronalliance.org/

The mission of Cimarron Alliance is to support educational efforts that validate personal identity, promote public enlightenment, and advance equality for LGBT Oklahomans.

2. The Equality Network

http://theequalitynetwork.org/

The Equality Network is a 501 (c) (4) organization that lobbies for pro-equality legislation and public policies.

T.E.N. Statement of Values

“We believe that the LGBT equality movement in Oklahoma is inextricably linked to a broader movement for social justice and social change and that we cannot achieve a just society by working for LGBT equality in isolation from other forms of oppression.

We are therefore committed to working with allies and allied communities in ending oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, class, and familial status, as well as sexual orientation, sex and gender — including gender identity and gender expression. And we are committed to eliminate those forms of oppression as they operate within the LGBT community and LGBT organizations as well as within society as a whole.”

The Equality Network has a GREAT list of resources on their resources page. Check it out!

3. Be The Change OK

http://bethechangeok.org/

“Be The Change is a non-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to connect with our marginalized citizens through service and advocacy; working together to build and sustain healthy communities.  When we seize the opportunity to be of service to others, we tear down the walls that separate us.”

4. Oklahoman’s For Equality

http://www.okeq.org/

“Oklahomans for Equality(OkEq) seeks equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and families  through advocacy, education, programs, alliances, and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Serving LGBT Oklahomans and their allies since 1980, Oklahomans for Equality is home to a diverse, vibrant, and engaged community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, knowledgeable staff, and dedicated volunteers. Visit often, discover who we are, what we do, and why we are here – and join us.”

5. The Gayly News

http://www.gayly.com/

“Founded as The Gayly Oklahoman in 1983, the Gayly is the regional newspaper which is the premier and most trusted source of news for LGBT and straight allies in the southwest. The Gayly covers LGBT community topics and events as well as things throughout the state of Oklahoma and surrounding region.”

Get Involved!

I hope this list satiates your surfing cravings for now. Please get involved in organizations that encourage equality and promote treating one another with respect. Being involved in LGBT groups in your area can help spread awareness and connect you with like-minded people. I know I thank OKCYU for being a hub of compassionate and fun people that I can connect with.

#macklemorelove

I found this post on Buzzfeed !

4th Annual OKCYU prom

For LGBTQ youth and allies.

14 – 20 ID Required

Saturday, April 6, 2013

8 – 11pm

$5 at the door

First Unitarian Church

600 NW 13th Street

Oklahoma City


Theme: The Great Gatsby in Wonderland

Appropriate Dress Required

Security by OKC PD

www.okcyu.org

Email okcyouthgroup@gmail.com

TEN Institute is hosting the 2013 Oklahoma LGBT College Summit! This exciting one-day meeting will give LGBT college students the knowledge and skills to do effective media messaging, start and sustain a GSA, advocate for LGBT issues, and much, much more! Panelists will include representatives from The Equality Network, Oklahomans for Equality, Cimarron Alliance, and students, faculty, and staff from universities around the state.The hosts this year are the amazing folks at SAFE (Student Alliance For Equality) at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The training and networking part of the day will be held on the UCO campus in Edmond from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16th.  Then, we will network and socialize at an after-summit event organized by SAFE. Stay tuned for details!

Register for 2013 Summit here. Registration is free and includes lunch and a t-shirt. Be sure to register by February 13th!

Happy Holidays from everyone at OKCYU. We hope you can join us at our weekly meeting tomorrow. Bring a small gift to exchange and your holiday cheer! The gift can be something you already have or costs less than $5. Can’t wait to celebrate the season with you!

Ardmore Little Theatre is opening their production of “The Laramie Project”. They are trying to spread the message of tolerance and acceptance in their community. Get together with some friends this weekend to travel as a group to Ardmore to see the show.

Show dates are November 15-17 @ 7:00 p.m. and November 18th @ 2:30 pm.

Location:
401 1st Avenue Southwest,
Ardmore, OK 73401
(580) 223-6387
Tickets for adults are 10.00
Tickets for students are 5.00

http://www.ardmorelittletheater.com/

“In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.”
more info at http://www.ardmorelittletheater.com/laramie_project.html

It’s a beautiful story of acceptance and love conquering hate.