Archive for June 2013

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.

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