Wednesday, June 26th will be an historic day for the marriage equality movement in the U.S. Whether we will gather in joy to celebrate a sweeping victory or simply come together in solidarity to demonstrate the continuing determination of LGBTQ Americans to fight for our rights remains to be seen, but either way, as Hoosiers, we will still have a long way to go in moving our state forward.
Let your voices be heard and your presence felt at one of these rallies around the state.
Bloomington – 5:30 PM
Monroe County Courthouse (southeast corner)
100 W. Kirkwood Avenue WEATHER-RELATED LOCATION CHANGE!
300 E. 3rd Street
Link to FairTalk’s “DOMA and Prop 8 Rally” Facebook event page
Indianapolis – 6:30 PM
Statehouse (east steps)
200 W. Washington Street
Link to IEA’s “Decision Day Rally” Facebook event page
Lafayette – 6:00 PM
N. 2nd Street
Link to Pride Lafayette’s “DOMA and Prop 8 Rally” Facebook event page
Don’t forget to check out the SCOTUS blog and watch it all happen live at 10 AM tomorrow.
For a quick look at each possible ruling, see this interactive graphic from The Washington Post.
For a more static glance at the possible rulings, see this graphic provided by Lambda Legal.
A broad coalition of Hoosier churches, equality organizations, and community groups have joined forces to present a series of screenings of the film Inlaws & Outlaws and discussion events in Indianapolis, Bloomington/Ellettsville, and Lafayette this May.
Billed as All IN for Love, the program features four public screenings of Inlaws & Outlaws as well as post-screening Q & A’s with filmmaker Drew Emery. For two of the shows, FairTalk will also lead facilitated conversation circles on the intersection of faith and marriage equality. While the presentation of the film is to inspire greater understanding and support for marriage equality, the conversation circles are an opportunity for people with divergent points of view to respectfully find common ground.
Thursday, May 2nd
Time: 7 PM screening; Q&A with Drew Emery
Place: Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis (click address for map)
Suggested donation: $10 (proceeds benefit Indiana Equality Action)
Saturday, May 4th
Time: 1 PM screening; Q&A with Drew Emery; 3 PM conversation circle facilitated by FairTalk
Place: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6050 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis (click address for map)
Price: Free (donations accepted!)
Time: 7 PM screening; refreshments and Q&A with Drew Emery
Place: Endwright Center, 7500 W. Reeves Road, Ellettsville (click address for map)
Suggested donation: $10 (proceeds benefit FairTalk)
Sunday, May 5
Time: 1 PM screening; refreshments and Q&A with Drew Emery; 3 PM conversation circle facilitated by FairTalk
Place: Sylvia’s Brick Oven & Columbia Ballroom, 625 Columbia Street, Lafayette (click address for map)
Price: Free (donations accepted!)
Tuesday, March 26th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM (Bloomington)
FairTalk invites everyone to gather and show our support and hope for a fair and just Supreme Court ruling on the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. This rally is being held at the Monroe County Courthouse as part of a nationwide event in support of marriage equality called United for Marriage: Light the Way to Justice.
Wednesday, March 27, 6-7 PM (Indianapolis)
As a part of the “Light the Way to Justice” movement, IEA will be holding a vigil on the east steps of the statehouse in Indianapolis (220 W. Washington Street) from 6-7 PM on Wednesday, March 27th. Bring your family, bring your friends, and join us to show your support for relationship equality at this unprecedentedly significant moment in our nation’s history.
Wednesday, March 27, 6-7 PM (Lafayette)
Join Pride Lafayette and people from both sides of the river as they meet in the middle of the pedestrian bridge at 6:00. At 6:15 they will march to the Courthouse in downtown Lafayette. Several Community Leaders have agreed to speak, including Heather Maddox (Tippecanoe County Democrats), Rev. Charlie Davis, Ashley Smith (Pride), and Margy D., (PFLAG) (more possible speakers yet to be determined)
(Any events planned in your neck of the woods? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion)
As IEA’s reported and you’ve seen in the media by now, the majority leaders in both houses of the General Assembly have decided to delay consideration of HJR-6, the so-called “Indiana Marriage Protection” amendment to our state’s constitution, until the session beginning in January 2014.
They’ve cited a desire to wait for two important U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality decisions (on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8) expected in June of this year. Clearly, this national issue has links to Indiana, and IE Action is pleased to be playing a role.
Last November with our encouragement and help, a dedicated group of students at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington compiled and published “More Than Just A Couple,” a compilation of 614 Indiana statutory provisions applicable to married couples. The passage of HJR-6 would cast into serious doubt our lawmakers’ ability to apply any or all of these to same sex or other unmarried couples.
And next week, on Thursday, February 28, IEA’s Vice President Don Sherfick will be among the presenters at a Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association entitled “Same Sex Unions at the Crossroads,” focusing on:
- the details of HJR-6,
- the “More Than Just A Couple” document,
- how the Supreme Court decision might affect Indiana, and
- the ACLU’s perspective on related LGBT litigation.
Indiana lawyers can obtain two hours of CLE credits and non-lawyers are very welcome to attend both this event and a social reception afterwards. The registration fee for those not seeking CLE credits is only $15.00. The event will be held in the Regions Bank Building (Fifth Floor Conference Center) at One Indiana Square in downtown Indianapolis.
We encourage you to sign up and attend.
Below is the link to the ISBA website containing registration information. See you there!
Talbott Street Nightclub in Indianapolis is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash and generously donating $2 from every ticket sold to Indiana Equality Action.
Doors open at 9 PM and festivities include 3 drag shows; music by DJ Ron, Play, and Nashville; and a midnight champagne toast.
In celebration of the advances we made in 2012, attendees are invited to wear their wedding finery so don that gay apparel and get down to Talbott Street on December 31st!
IE Action is proud to support our allies around the state!
An original theatrical work based on the true stories of Indiana residents, Gender Bender explores the struggles we face as we navigate the roles society has chosen for us versus who WE feel we are and how we express that. Monologues will be paired with beautiful music from the standard opera and musical theater repertoire.
Wednesday, November 7th at 7 PM
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
5805 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN
Tickets: $10 regular, $5 student (with ID)*
Available for online purchase here.
Starting at 6 PM, attendees can browse booths and art exhibits or attend the pre-show talk, “Who are YOU?” with Rev. Dr. Gretchen Woods. The performance begins at 7 PM with a reception to follow the show.
*Limited seating. Advance ticket purchase recommended. A portion of this evening’s proceeds will benefit the Damien Center.
Contact Helen Dwyer with questions: Hdwyer1492@msn.com or (317) 356-2350
About All Souls
All Souls provides a place where reason and religion merge and where an open, caring, and compassionate ministry is extended to all. All Souls is a caring and inclusive community where sincere search for knowledge, truth, and meaning is honored. We translate our Unitarian Universalist values into action individually and collectively. We want to share what we have with others. All Souls makes learning a priority and supports causes and programs that align with our values.
Facebook: All Souls Unitarian Church
About the Steele Project
The Steele Project is a classical music ensemble dedicated to making high-quality operatic performances accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds through creative and socially-relevant programming. The Steele Project also provides professional performance opportunities for up-and-coming Hoosier artists to hone their craft and share their talents.
Facebook: The Steele Project
On Aug. 13, Indianapolis’s City-County Council passed Ordinance 213, which grants Domestic Partner benefits to city-county employees. It’s a huge step forward.
Despite attempts to classify this Ordinance as too costly, the Council wisely saw the value in this action.
The Ordinance now goes to Mayor Ballard, who can sign or veto in a ten-day timeframe.
Please contact the Mayor and urge him to sign the important Ordinance.
The message it sends is: we value our government employees and we want our capital city to be a welcoming place! Use this link to make your contact—e-mail is actually preferred, followed by telephone contact:
Please re-send this message to all your friends. It’s very important for Indy residents—but others can chime in, too—and if you’re not an Indy resident, please indicate that you value a welcoming image for our capital city!
Thank you for your continued support!
TransParenting Group: Support and Educational Group for Caregivers of Gender Variant and Transgender Persons and Youth
This 10-week group will meet weekly and include information and a support group for parents and caregivers of gender variant/transgender children (youth through adulthood). No matter where you are on your journey, this group will help you process your own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs as well as support your child.
10 weekly sessions (September-November)
Fee assessed on a subsidized scale
Please call Kelsey Hanlon or Heather Shaw at the CTS Counseling Center to set up a free consultation session or to ask questions:
317-931-2379, ext.5143 or ext.5016
Heather Shaw has been an advocate of gender variant and transgender people for more than a decade, and served as a an officer of the LGBT and Allies group at Eli Lilly, and a liason/resource for transgender employees who encountered gender identity related challenges in the workplace. Heather has attended seminars at National Conferneces related to transgender legal and workplace equality, and completed specialized training regarding transgender/gender variant peoples specific concerns and challenges. She is a Marriage and Family Therapy intern at CTS, and works with LGBT individuals and couples.
Kelsey Hanlon is a Mental Health Counseling Intern at CTS, where she works with transgender youth and their families. In 2011 she was invited to present at the World Professional Association of Transgender Health conference. She is a member of WPATH as well as the student representative on their Transgender Spiritual Health Committee. She is a frequent volunteer at Indiana Youth Group where she leads groups and serves as a Straight Ally Mentor. She is also a student member in the American Group Psychotherapy Association where she will be presenting on gender in groups in 2013.