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Equality OH - Newsletter

posted May 26, 2011, 9:19 AM by Michael Chanak

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Support Equality Ohio and become a monthly donor!  With an ongoing monthly contribution, you can help Equality Ohio secure and protect equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ohioans and our families.  Your monthly gift will help us keep our issues front and center with elected officials and policymakers, as well as our friends and neighbors.

1. It's Pride Month in Ohio - Join Equality Ohio for PRIDE 2011!  Volunteers are needed to: March in the parade, pass out Equality Ohio materials, and engage in creative acts of raising awareness. Show your pride this summer by volunteering with Equality Ohio at a PRIDE event in your area! Volunteer to staff the tables at one of the many PRIDE festivals and expositions around the state, or volunteer to march in one of the parades - or both!  Click here for a list of events around the state.

2. Lobby Day for Equality 2011 Update -  Last week, hundreds of fair-minded Ohioans were in Columbus for the sixth annual Lobby Day for Equality.  More than 200 citizen lobbyists met with 122 legislators (out of 132 -- only 10 were unwilling to hear from us).  All 33 Senate districts were lobbied, and 31 of those districts were lobbied by constituents who live in the district.   

During the day, the citizen lobbyists met with their legislators to urge them to pass the Equal Housing and Employment Act and a Comprehensive Safe Schools Act.  The Equal Housing and Employment Act (EHEA) was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives in 2009 but was ignored by the Ohio Senate.  As a result we have to begin again.  Last week's efforts by citizens was the first step towards a new beginning for the EHEA.

Watch for updates and Action Alerts!  We will keep you posted.

3. Victory Fund - Out to Win?  Get in the Game.  Openly LGBT candidates are running and winning more than ever, giving our community a voice in local, state and federal governments. 

The Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute can teach you how to run smarter campaigns and win elections to public office.  
More here. 

Eat Your Pride & Support Equality Ohio - 

$1.00 of every "Pride" Red Velvet cupcake sold June 14 at Bakery Gingham will benefit Equality Ohio.
Locations in Columbus:
189 Thurman Ave.
647 N. High St.

Please allow 24-48 hours for larger orders
4.  Gill Foundation invests $25,000 in Equality Ohio through matching gift -In November 2010, Equality Ohio Education Fund was awarded a matching grant of $25,000 from the Gill Foundation.  For every new monthly donor to our Equality Council - the leadership giving group of Equality Ohio of $100 or more per month - the Gill Foundation will match the first $500 - more. 
Starting April 1, it is time to re-enroll your Kroger Rewards card so the Equality Ohio Education Fund can continue to receive a quarterly check from Kroger!  You may re-enroll at:
5.   Capital Square Review and Advisory Board honors Ted Strickland - Ohio's 68th Governor -with the official unveiling of the Strickland Gubenatorial Portrait

When: Tuesday, June 7, 2011- 3pm
Where: Ohio Statehouse Atrium

A reception will follow the program in the Ohio Statehouse Grand Rotunda

RSVP to Susie Long or 614-404-3043

Seating is limited to 550
 Statewide Calendar
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Think green! We encourage you to only print this e-mail if absolutely necessary.

Equality Ohio | 57 Jefferson Ave | Columbus, OH 43215 | 614.224.0400