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PFLAG National: Policy Matters July 3, 2015

Policy Matters from PFLAG National

Take Action

Help our LGBTQ Students: Urge your U.S. Senators to vote YES on the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) as an amendment to Every Child Achieves and YES to the bill on the Senate floor the week of July 6th!

On the week of July 6th, it is expected that the Every Child Achieves Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), will come to the Senate floor for a vote, and when it does, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), sponsor of The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), will introduce it as an amendment. We need your help to urge your Senators to vote YES to the SNDA Amendment and to the Every Child Achieves bill.

Please reach your US Senators by clicking HERE (especially if Senators/states listed below) and use this message:

As your constituent and as a member of PFLAG, I urge you to vote YES on the Senate floor the week of July 6th when Sen. Al Franken introduces The Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 846; S. 439) as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and to vote YES for the bill. SNDA was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) andin the House by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). and would establish a comprehensive Federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. America’s values are PFLAG’s values and that includes ensuring that our schools are safe for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Thank you if you are already a co-sponsor of this bill and please consider signing on if you have not yet,. Most importantly, please vote YES for SNDA as an amendment and YES for Every Child Achieves when each comes to the Senate floor for a vote the week of July 6th.

Note: Remember to specify your name, full address and to include your zip code.

Please be sure to act, especially if any of these listed are your Senators. We badly need, and are not sure we have, the following Senators’ votes on SNDA as an amendment when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote the week of July 6th:

Ayotte (R-NH)

Corker (R-TN)

Johnson (R-WI)

Portman (R-OH)

Burr (R-NC)

Flake (R-AZ)

Kirk (R-IL)

Sullivan (R-AK)

Capito (R-WV)

Hatch (R-UT)

McCain (R-AZ)

Tillis (R-NC)

Collins (R-ME)

Heller (R-NV)

Murkowski (R-AK)

Toomey (R-PA)

For more information on SNDA, please visit



Media Matters

Marriage was at the top of every media list this week, of course. Click here for coverage of beautiful marriage visuals from across the country!

Equality Pioneers Speak at Logo’s Trailblazer Honors. A room full of pioneers for the LGBT community gathered on June 28th for Logo’s Trailblazer Honors, a celebration of the advances the LGBT community has made in equality and the people who have worked to make it happen. This year, PFLAG National partnered with Logo to honor Trailblazing parents, including PFLAG leaders Marsha Aizumi and Sheila Lopez, andMatthew Shepard Foundation founders Judy and Dennis Shepard. The evening’s other honorees included Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees founder Arsham Parsi, social influencer Connor Franta, and civil rights leader Bayard Rustin posthumously.

USA Network show ROYAL PAINS features trans actress, PFLAG PSA. Trans teen–and member of the extended PFLAG family–Nicole Maines made her acting debut on the June 23rd episode of the popularrUSA Network show ROYAL PAINS. The episode focused on the health and wellbeing of a trans teen, and also featured a brand new PSA about trans health awareness, featuring PFLAG.


Jim Obergefell will launch the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration.Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration in Philadelphia, from July 2nd to 5th, announced that Jim Obergefell will launch the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration by laying a wreath at the Gay Pioneers historic marker.

Is It Time for the End of “AIDS”? On July 1st, published an article rich with statistics and history that asks whether it’s time to take terminology to where HIV stands today.


We need to protect LGBT youngsters from harassment at school.Arliss Sturgulewski, a two-time GOP candidate for governor and a former Alaska State Senator for 14 years, discusses the necessity of the Student Non-Discrimination Act in an op-ed published July 1st. “No young person should have to fear harassment, discrimination or even physical abuse just because of who they are, particularly in our schools” Sturgulewski writes. “Ensuring the right to a safe and supportive learning environment is a nonpartisan issue if there ever was one.”

John Oliver Discusses Transgender Rights. On the June 28th episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver devoted his main segment to the indignities still faced by the transgender community, despite the various high-profile strides (Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, Transparent’s Emmy win, Laverne Cox’s Madame Tussaud’s debut) made this year.

NYC Pride Hosts First Out Fluid Bisexual Grand Marshal. J. Christopher Neal worked as NYC Pride’s first out fluid bisexual grand marshal, one of four chosen for this year’s Pride March on June 28th. A bisexual educator and artist, Neal leads FluidBiDesign, an organization focused on creating safe spaces for “fluid men of African Descent” to have conversations on their fluid sexualities.

More than a dozen US Landmarks turn rainbow. After sunset on June 26th, following the Supreme Court decision upholding marriage equality, landmarks throughout the US turned rainbow in support of the SCOTUS decision and the LGBT community. The landmarks included the White House, Niagara Falls, the World Trade Center and others.

First out gay player welcomed in pro baseball game. Professional baseball welcomes its first out gay player in a minor league game on June 25th. Sean Conroy, a pitcher, took to the mound for the Sonoma Stompers and agreed to come out publicly ahead of his team’s LGBT pride night. While several professional baseball players have come out after retirement, 23-year-old Conroy is understood to be the first to come out and keep playing.

‘Cisgender’ added to Oxford English Dictionary. The term “cisgender” entered the pages of the historic dictionary for the first time on June 25th. Noting that the language of gender is changing and that the word has now entered common parlance, the dictionary defines cisgender as “designating a person whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth”.

New York Declares Stonewall in a city landmark. Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn, the bar which was the site of 1969 protests that gave birth to LGBT rights movement, was declared a New York City landmark on June 23rd, making it the first time a place has been granted landmark protection because of its place in LGBT history. PFLAG New York City President Drew Tagliabue testified at the hearing at which this landmark status was approved. It is not the first time, however, that the site of an historic moment in LGBTQ has been honored: in 2013, at a special ceremony, an honorary plaque was placed on the Church of the Village (formerly the Duane Metropolitan Church), the site of the first PFLAG meeting on March 26, 1973.

State, National LGBT Groups Call For End To Government Displays Of Confederate Flag. Twenty-nineLGBT groups across the country said on June 23rd that the Confederate battle flag should not be displayed on the South Carolina capitol grounds or as part of any state flag. The groups joined a chorus of calls for the removal of the flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds in the wake of last week’s shooting deaths of nine black people in Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17th.

Trans swimmer joins Harvard men’s team. Trans man Schulyer Bailar has been welcomed onto the men’s swimming team at Harvard University. Bailer said in an interview on June 20th, “Harvard swimming as a whole has been incredible in this process, providing me with the amazing opportunity to be me and continue my transition.”

Out student athlete creates LGBT mentoring program. Rex Woodbury came out while an athlete at Dartmouth College, and struggled to reconcile his sexuality with his love of sport. He recently founded “Connect,” a service that pairs young LGBT people with mentors who can offer them advice and support.



Court Matters

Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide. On June 26th SCOTUS ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. “No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” PFLAG National released a statement on the decision the same day.

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court on June 25th upheld President Obama’s health care overhaul law, saying its requirement that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty was authorized by Congress’s power to levy taxes. The vote was 6-3. PFLAG National released a statement on the decision the same day.

Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing discrimination. SCOTUS handed down a surprising ruling on June 25th when it upheld a key tool (i.e. disparate impact) used for more than 40 years to fight housing discrimination.The justices ruled 5-4 that under the Federal Housing Act, discriminatory practices that harm protected classes are prohibited, regardless of whether the discrimination is intentional. PFLAG National released a statement on the decision the same day.



Federal Matters

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps attempt to limit separation of transgender service members; raise level to Asst. Sec. of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs to decide removal. On July 2nd–and taking effect immediately–both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps raised the bar on who can decide whether to remove a transgender servicemember to a senior civilian official. This change applies to personnel with a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, who identify as transgender, or who have taken steps to externalize the condition, effective immediately.

ICE issues guidance for trans immigrants in detention. On June 29th, the agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for detaining, housing and deporting undocumented immigrants released new guidance for a “respectful, safe and secure environment” for transgender people in immigration detention. The guidance spells out new instructions to update data systems, identification and processing and housing placement for transgender detainees.

VA confirms benefits for same-sex couples after marriage ruling. Following the Supreme Court of the U.S.’s decision in favor of same-sex marriage across the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs on June 29th confirmed that it’s ready to issue spousal benefits to gay, lesbian and bisexual veterans regardless of their state of residence.

Gay U.S. ambassador, husband prioritize human rights. U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster and his husband have met with local LGBT rights advocates several times since Brewster formally assumed the post in late 2013. Along with other foreign government ambassadors, they have decided to fly the Pride flag over their respective embassies in honor of Pride month despite controversy among some religious leaders in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Feds Order Federal Employee Health Plans To Cover Transgender Health Services. The federal government on June 23rd ordered federal employee health insurers to include transition-related health coverage for transgender employees in their plans. The change was made through the Office of Personnel Management’s issuance of a new “carrier letter” with instructions to federal health plan participating insurers.

Obama didn’t lift trans military ban for Pride. Despite growing calls from lawmakers and advocates to lift the ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, President Obama didn’t announce a policy change on the issue during the June 24th LGBT Pride reception at the White House. The WH Press Secretary said implementation of a change like open trans service requires military leaders to complete a process when asked if the administration’s previously stated openness to the idea is incongruous with the military’s continued policy of expelling trans troops.



State Matters

States Push Back on Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision. Various states have pushed back against the June 26th SCOTUS decision upholding marriage equality, citing conflicting state laws, religious freedom, and paperwork issues for justification. On June 28th Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that local officials issuing marriage licenses may, under state or federal religious liberty protections, be able to refuse to issue licenses to same-sex couples. In Mississippi, some state officials said marriages must wait for a lower court approval, while in Louisiana a 25-day waiting period was suggested for county clerks issuing marriage licenses. In Alabama, in more rural counties, clerks have protested the SCOTUS marriage ruling by stopped issuing marriage licenses for all couples..

California: California anti-LGBT Group Launches Anti-Trans Ballot Initiative. The anti-trans group “Privacy for All,” founded by the anti-LGBT Capitol Resources Institute received a title and summary on June 25th for their latest attempt to prohibit transgender people from using government facilities that match their gender identity. California Attorney General Kamala Harris named the bathroom policing initiative “Limits on Use of Facilities in Government Buildings and Businesses.”

Judge Strikes Down California’s Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays.
A ballot initiative that calls for the wholesale execution of gays and lesbians was struck down on June 22nd by California judge Raymond M. Cadei who issued an order that declares the Sodomite Suppression Act “unconstitutional on its face.”

California set to launch first LGBT Studies class. Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts has made plans for California’s first LGBT class, which is set to launch this Fall. The class will consist of a semester on LGBT communities’ history and contributions as well as the June 26th SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage.

Massachusetts: Key Businesses Support New Campaign to Secure Nondiscrimination Protections. Some of the region’s and nation’s biggest businesses are supporting a new campaign aimed at updating Massachusetts’ nondiscrimination law to include public accommodations protections for transgender residents and visitors. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Google and Eastern Bank are among the corporations voicing their support today as part of the Freedom Massachusetts launch, along with our Greater Boston PFLAG chapter.

Mississippi: Transgender Teen Killed In Mississippi. Mercedes Williamson, 17, was found dead in a wooded area on June 2nd. She is the ninth confirmed transgender homicide victim in the United States this year.

New Jersey: Conversion Therapy Is Fraud, N.J. Court Rules. A New Jersey jury delivered a unanimous verdict on June 25th that the New Jersey–based nonprofit Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) violated the state’s consumer fraud protection laws by claiming it could “cure” clients of being LGBT. The Jewish group has been ordered to pay $72,400 to the plaintiffs, which represents three times the cost of JONAH’s “therapy,” in addition to the cost of subsequent legitimate therapy one plaintiff sought to overcome the damage done by JONAH’s efforts.

N.J. Legislature Passes Birth Certificate Reform Bill. Both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature on June 25th passed a bill amending New Jersey’s procedures for issuing new birth certificates for transgender or intersex individuals to reflect their correct gender. The bill allows people who have undergone a gender transition or wish to amend their birth certificate to reflect their correct gender — and in some cases, correct name — to obtain new, unmarked birth certificates containing that information.

New York: NY Senate Blocks Ban On LGBT Conversion Therapy, Transgender Rights Bill. Even though the NY legislative session was extended on June 20th, the State Senate did not vote on two LGBT bills, a ban on LGBT conversion therapy for minors, and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). The former would establish a ban on licensed medical providers practicing sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts on minors, while the latter would outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.

Tennessee: Hate crime charge dropped in Memphis Gay and Lesbian Center threats. A charge of civil rights intimidation has bebeen dropped against Charles Lee, a Memphis man who hand-delivered homophobic and other hate messages and bomb threats to the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center. The hate crimes charges were dropped and not pressed federally because the threat did not meet the standards set forth in the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into law in 2009 as the first fully inclusive federal law. Tennessee Code Annotated § 40-35-114, the Hate Crimes Penalty Enhancement Act of 2000, includes sexual orientation, but not gender identity or expression. Charles Lee pleaded guilty to harassment charges and was granted probation.

Washington: Mayor Murray proposes transgender-friendly restrooms across Seattle. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray introduced legislation on June 25th that would require all City-controlled and privately operated places of public accommodation to designate existing or future single-occupancy restrooms as all-gender facilities. “The transgender community deserves the dignity and respect that most people take for granted,” said Murray, who is openly gay.


Girl Scouts turn down donation after donor says it ‘can’t be used to support transgender girls.’ The Girl Scouts of Western Washington returned a $100,00 donation after being told it could not be used to support transgender children. Girl Scouts groups across the United States have come under fire for welcoming and supporting young transgender girls, but most have defiantly continued to do so. As of July 2nd, the Girl Scouts have raised over $288,000 in response and continue to receive support.


Global Matters


Mexico supreme court judge urges states to legalize gay marriage. On June 30th the Mexico Supreme Court urged a host of states to bring their laws into line following the top court’s green light to gay marriage. The court ruled in a decision on June 19th that laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman were unconstitutional. Until state legislatures change their statutes, however, the couples must still petition courts case by case.


U.S. Ambassadors Participate in Pride Celebrations Around the World. On the heels of SCOTUS’s historic ruling on marriage on June 26th that affects same-sex couples in the U.S. and all of its territories, U.S. Ambassadors across the globe celebrated Pride in countries where they are posted, from Chile, to London, Germany, Spain and beyond.


U.S. ‘concerned’ over Istanbul Pride crackdown. The State Department on June 29th said the U.S. is “concerned” over the police crackdown against Istanbul Pride participants. Turkish police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons against those who were taking part in the Pride march. The Istanbul LGBTI Pride Committee, which organized the event, in a press release said local authorities announced “at the last minute” that they had banned the event because of Ramadan.


British MPs and Lords form cross-party group on global LGBT rights. Members of Parliament and peers on June 23rd formed a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on global LGBT rights to tackle LGBT issues around the world. APPGs are informal cross-party groups, which have no official status within Parliament, but dedicate their time to working on specific issues across party lines.


Pitcairn Island, population 48, passes law to allow same-sex marriage. Pitcairn Island, a tiny island in the Pacific that is home to just 48 people, passed a law on June 22nd allowing same-sex marriage, but has no gay couples wanting to wed. First settled in 1790, Pitcairn is a British Overseas Territory that has some legal autonomy and is often considered the world’s smallest country by population.


Challenge to Northern Irish same-sex marriage ban goes to High Court. The challenge, which will go to the High Court this week, is brought by the first two couples to enter into civil partnerships in the UK. Currently same-sex couples can marry in England, Scotland and Wales, but attempts to legalize equal marriage in Northern Ireland have continually been blocked.


New Zealand may include intersex option on census. Dunedincity councillors on June 29th backed adding an intersex option to the next New Zealand census. Councillor Aaron Hawkins made the suggestion after Statistics New Zealand called for local governments to make suggestions for new additions to the upcoming 2018 census.

Mozambique officially makes gay sex legal. On June 29th, Mozambique passed a law making clear that security measures cannot be taken against those who ‘habitually engage in vices against nature.’ Lambda, the country’s LGBTI rights group, has pushed for the government to fully recognize same-sex relationships.


Moroccan Court Sentences Two Men Accused Of Homosexuality To Four Months In Jail. Two men charged with “violating public modesty” have been convicted and sentenced to four months in jail and a fine of up to around $135. These arrests follow the deportation of two activists with the Paris-based feminist organization Femen took a photograph while kissing topless with the slogan “In gay we trust” written on their bodies.


Kyrgyzstan’s anti-gay law passes key second reading. The bill, which passed its first reading in October 2014, and its second reading on June 24th, 2015, would ban the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual orientation”, and appears as a harsher version of Russia’s controversial law, signed by President Putin in October 2013.


High Colombian Official Urges Courts to OK Same-Sex Marriage. On June 28th, Colombia’s Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo urged Colombia’s courts to legalize same-sex marriage and support the right of such couples to adopt. “Equality is unstoppable and equality also will come to Colombia,” Cristo said as thousands from Colombia’s LGBT community staged a gay pride march in the capital.


Dear Policy Matters


Dear Policy Matters,

I enjoy using your guide to being a trans ally and new Our Trans Loved Ones… as resources for language, but is there a handy place to see some federal policy priorities that are specifically needed for transgender or gender-diverse people that others in our community might not have as priorities at this time?



Always Trans Inclusive


Dear ATI,

In a word, yes. The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) published on June 29th an update to A Blueprint for Equality: A Federal Agenda for Transgender People which includes the policy issues that NCTE prioritized since 2009, and it also shows where progress has occurred.

Some of the issues identified also affect LGB and ally people and families. But the focus for the publication has been and remains gaps in equality for transgender and gender diverse people, generally illuminating the more pronounced or broader gaps for people who identify as transgender than for their LGB community counterparts.


Following are topics from the new NCTE publication. You can reach the issue page that you seek by clicking the related topic:


50th Anniversary of LGBTI Rights flim ‘Gay Pioneers’

National LGBT 50th Anniversary


Date: Friday, July 3
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: WHYY

Co-produced with PBS affiliate WHYY, this inspiring documentary braids interviews with the early gay and lesbian activists, archival footage and FBI reports. A panel discussion immediately follows. For more information, visit the website.

For information about the four-day National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, including the 50th Anniversary Ceremony on July 4th with Wanda Sykes, Jim Obergefell, Edie Windsor, Judy Shepard and other special guests; wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historical marker; five LGBT history exhibits; a National Interfaith Service; panels; parties; concerts; fireworks; a street festival and more, visit

National LGBT 50th Anniversary VIP Lunch

National LGBT 50th Anniversary
50th Anniversary VIP Lunch

Date: Saturday, July 4
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center, Liberty View Ballroom

Tickets: $250

Kick off the Fourth at a celebratory lunch honoring Judy Shepard and Edie Windsor. Open bar included. For more information, visit the website.

Get an all-access VIP Pass, save $100 and get special benefits!

For information about the four-day National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, including the 50th Anniversary Ceremony on July 4th with Wanda Sykes, master of ceremonies, Jim Obergefell, Edie Windsor, Judy Shepard and other special guests; a wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historical marker; five LGBT history exhibits; panels; parties; a National Interfaith Service; “Gay Pioneers” film screening; concerts; fireworks; a street festival and more, visit

LGBTI Center of Raleigh Library Newsletter

LGBT Center of Raleigh Library Newsletter
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LGBT Center of Raleigh
Library Newsletter

July 2015, Issue 13

Rainbow heartCelebrating Marriage Equality in All 50 States! #LoveWins

Omar Currie is Special Guest at

Family Story Time, July 18th

Omar Currie
After a 3rd grade boy was bullied and called gay, this teacher did something amazing!

Omar Currie chose to raise the issue during story time by reading his students a fable about a prince who falls in love with another prince, ending with a happily-ever-after royal wedding.

That decision in April ignited a public outcry from some parents in the Orange County rural hamlet of Efland, resulting in Currie’s resignation last month from a job he loved. The assistant principal who loaned Currie her copy of “King & King” has also resigned, and outraged parents are pressuring administrators to ban the book.

“When I read the story, the reaction of parents didn’t come into my mind,” Currie, 25, said. “In that moment, it just seemed natural to me to read the book and have a conversation about treating people with respect. My focus then was on the child, and helping the child.”

The LGBT Center is proud to host Currie as he reads “King & King” in a supportive and affirmative setting on Saturday, July 18th at 10:30am. Everyone is invited to attend. A royal craft will follow the reading for kids of all ages. Note: free parking is available on weekends in the parking lot behind the Center.

Click here to RSVP for the event on facebook.

Photo credit: Andrew Tie / WUNC
Story adapted from The Huffington Post


LGBT Center Community Surveys

Please take a moment to complete one, two, or all three of our surveys.

Center Annual Needs Assessment:
At the LGBT Center of Raleigh, we know that we could not do all of the wonderful things we do without YOUR support! In this case though, your support is giving us guidance – we need to hear from the community! Missing programs/services? Tell us! Testing needs to go longer? Let us know! Your voice can only make this Center stronger!

Queer Women’s Book Club:
As you may have noticed, we’ve changed the club’s name from “Lesbian Book Club” to “Queer Women’s Book Club.” This is a space where all women- bi, lesbian, pan, trans, and otherwise queer- are welcome. We want this to be an inclusive space in order to create community. We can’t wait to work on building a wonderful community with you all! We hope you’ll take a few minutes to let us know what types of books you are interested in.

Family Story Time:
If you have a few minutes, we would love your feedback for our Family Story Time program at the LGBT Center. In the past year, we’ve hosted Mr. Erik Rock and Roll Storyteller, contributed to the OutRaleigh Bake Sale fundraiser, presented our first children’s book “Meet the Author” event, and won a national grant for LGBT outreach. However, we are still looking to increase attendance and keep this unique program thriving – thanks in advance for your thoughts and ideas!

Donation Spotlight
Special thanks to:

Sandra Adams from Douglass, Georgia for donating a large volume of LGBT DVDs – coming soon to the Library’s Disc Club.

John Suddath for donating a copy of Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage, the autobiography by longtime Democratic Representative Barney Frank from Massachusetts. Look for the book in the Biography collection.

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Featured Book

B-Boy Blues
B-Boy Blues
by James Earl Hardy

Praised as the first gay hip-hop love story, B-Boy Blues has been in print for over 20 years. Hardy’s debut novel about the lives of black gay men in New York City is unabashedly and unapologetically written for the African-American male. Rough, sexy, humorous, and authentic, B-Boy Blues is a first-rate love story.

Featured DVD

Geography Club
Geography Club, based on the award-winning novel by Brent Hartinger, is a comedy about teenagers who are discovering their sexual identities. The high school students create a “Geography Club” which is actually a cover for an LGBT support group. The film explores the teen’s hopes, values and dreams while on this journey of going public and offering the whole school support.

Featured Essays

Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
by Julia Serano

Acclaimed feminist and queer activist Serano chronicles the problem of exclusion within the feminist and queer/LGBTQIA+ movements. She advocates for a more holistic approach to fighting sexism, and offers new ways of thinking about gender and sexuality that foster inclusivity rather than exclusivity.

Click here for more information about the
3rd Annual SAGE RALEIGH 4th of July Picnic!

LGBT Literary Events at the Center and Beyond

Karen Memory
Monday, July 13, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Gender Affirming Book Club
LGBT Center

This month’s book discussion will include a review of the recently published steampunk novel, Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear. Science fiction and fantasy allow for and encourage thought through and beyond gender stereotypes, feeding the imagination with possibilities that we are living into, and perhaps moving beyond. Everyone is welcome to attend the discussion whether having the read the suggested selection, being simply curious about the genre, or perhaps bringing another selection of particular interest. Timidly, moderately or raucously exploring your gender identity and gender expression, you are invited to reflect on the rich and creative way literature brings to light the complexity of gender identity and expression.

Raleigh Rainbow Reading Group logo
Friday, July 17, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Raleigh Rainbow Reading Group
LGBT Center

A group of men who meet monthly to share their views on all types of things that entertain them: books, movies, television, concerts, etc. Click here for more details.

Family Story Time
Saturday, July 18, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Family Story Time: Special Guest Omar Currie
LGBT Center

The Library is pleased to offer our Family Story Time featuring Omar Currie reading King & King. An event for LGBT families, allies, and supporters. A royal craft will follow the reading for kids of all ages.

Click here to RSVP for the event on facebook.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Sunday, July 19, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Queer Women’s Book Club
LGBT Center

As you may have noticed, new facilitators Jamie and Amanda have updated our name to “Queer Women’s Book Club.” This is a space where all women- bi, lesbian, pan, trans, and otherwise queer- are welcome. Our featured selection this month is Jeanette Winterson’s 1995 novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. The narrator cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.

Barney Frank
Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 1

5th Annual OutWrite LGBT Book Festival
Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, Washington, DC

OutWrite is a celebration of LGBT Literature sponsored by the DC Center. The weekend is full of book readings, writing workshops, book discussions, poetry readings and more. Both new and used LGBT books will be for sale. Find the complete event lineup here.


The LGBT Center of Raleigh Library

About the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library

The Library is the 2014 Winner of the American Library Association and Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved” Grant and the 2014 Winner of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith K. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week Grant.

Since the Library opened in October 2011, the collection has increased to 3,500 volumes focused on and celebrating LGBT life. The Library’s collection development priorities are aimed at supporting the resource and information needs of the Center’s vital outreach programs such as SAGE Raleigh, Youth Coffeehouse, Affirming Faith Forum, and Transgender Initiative. The Library is also a welcoming place for family members and allies of LGBT people, offering access to indispensable books such as Always My ChildLoving Someone Gay, and Helping Your Transgender Teen.

For information on our Library Steering Committee and Leadership Donors, please visit our website at

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Library Wish List
The Library depends on your generous donations. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

To see items that we especially need, and make a purchase that will be shipped directly to the LGBT Center, please visit the Library’s Wish List of books and DVDs.

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The mission of the LGBT Center of Raleigh is to strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.
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News from The Center, June 29, 2015

News from The CenterEnter enews logo

June 29, 2015

DAJ 2014                      Notes from Delores
What an incredible weekend! In the words of President Obama, “…and then there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.” We are still absorbing the thunderbolt! The celebration will certainly last through San Diego LGBT Pride (July 17-19)!

Your Center was pleased to host a historic victory celebration Friday night, a fabulous, over the top Saturday night Frida party, and a memorial Celebration of Life for a trailblazer to whom we owe so much, Dr. Al Best. All of it in community.

It is in community that we are most hopeful, smarter, stronger, braver and more able to see the full justice vision. From the cradles of our newest members to the last farewells to those who are now behind the sun – from beginning to end – in community we are our best selves.

As we are grateful to so many for this victory and we remember all who led us, helped us, sustained us on the journey. We remember.

  • We remember and are grateful for the tremendous bravery of hundreds of early trailblazers who dared to live their lives openly and to love bravely.
  • We remember Stonewall and TRANS community friends who stood and fought… and launched a movement.
  • We remember the dark days of the Defense of Marriage Act.
  • We remember the hope born first in Massachusetts and then with the California Supreme Court.
  • We remember the bravery of those who fought the Prop 8 ballot initiative… and the pain and devastation when it passed.
  • We remember the lifting of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
  • We remember the defeat of DOMA and the reversal of Prop 8.

We remember the hundreds of thousands of people, allied and LGBT, who have given their time, energy, creativity and dollars, and had all of the hard conversations that have fueled and sustained this movement.

And we remember that there are many vital battles ahead. History and all other justice movements teach us that victories like this are the starting points of the long walk toward justice, not the end. We cannot and will not leave any of our community members behind.

From trans and non-binary gender rights and acceptance, ending new HIV cases, youth protections and school safety & inclusion, Federal Civil Rights protections for LGB and absolutely T, to comprehensive immigration reform and racial justice…  #JusticeistheDream.

Center Spotlights

Holiday Hours
The Center will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 to celebrate the 4th of July weekend.

Partner Spotlight

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btg groupProgram Spotlight: #BeTheGeneration
In 2014, The San Diego LGBT Community Center launched the groundbreaking #bethegeneration campaign as an aggressive and strategic effort to end new HIV transmissions in San Diego in the next ten years. Visit our website at and check us out on Facebook at!

You Should Know

prepPrEP – Get Educated
The Center is compiling a list of medical professionals in San Diego who will provide PrEP. We make every effort to keep this list current, but recommend that you always call to confirm details such as insurance coverage before making an appointment. If you know of additional providers who should be added to this list, please contact us at View the list here.

#BeTheGeneration: 10 Key HIV Facts
1) HIV is a virus, not a moral failure. READ MORE

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Looking for San Diego HIV resources? Check out our online list.

Want your own Center #BeTheGeneration shirt? Just make a $20 minimum donation to benefit The Center’s #HIV/AIDS services. Donate today to help us end new cases of HIV/AIDS!

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Center Events

Tuesday, June 30, 4pm, Equality Professionals Network Annual Job Fair
epnThe Center is excited to host the Equality Professionals Network, a coalition that represents LGBT business professionals and their Allies, for the Third Annual LGBT & Allies Career Event on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm. This free event is open to all LGBT community members and allies, and includes a job fair, professional development workshops, and networking. Meet recruiters from CareFusion/Becton-Dickinson, Comerica, Evans Hotels, Intuit, Qualcomm, San Diego Housing Commission, Sony Electronics, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UC San Diego, Manpower, Union Bank, Raytheon and more. To attend, register in advance at:
Wednesday, July 1, 12 noon, Shades of Color
bethegeneration bannerJoin us at The Center every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30pm for Shades of Color, an empowerment group for Black men (MSM).The group covers a variety of topics, including dating, healthy relationships, spiritual awareness, living with HIV and more. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116 or
Wednesday, July 1, 6:30pm, Guys, Games & Grub 
GGG 2015 croppedJoin us for Guys, Games & Grub with host Ben Cartwright! Meet new friends while enjoying snacks, food, and drinks for only a $5 donation to Men’s Programming. On the first Wednesday of every month, nearly 200 men age 21 and over gather at The Center for a night of games, pizza, drinks and socializing. Some of San Diego’s most interesting men are here – come join them. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at or 619.692.2077 x211.
domestic violenceThursdays, 9am, FREE Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
The Center is proud to announce a new collaboration with the YWCA for victims of domestic violence. The YWCA will provide family law legal services to victims of domestic violence, including restraining orders, dissolutions (marriage or domestic partnership), paternity, custody and support orders. In addition, the attorneys can provide court accompaniment to mediation and court hearings. Walk-in clinics take place weekly every Thursday from 9 to 11am at The Center and are open to all community members. For more information, call 619.239.0355 x204.

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Program Newsletters
Click on the links below to go directly to your favorite program newsletters. You can also find them on the program websites.
Family Matters
Project TRANS
50 and Better Together
Women’s Resource Center

Community Scoop

Friday, July 17, 12 noon, Trans*Pride
The 2nd annual San Diego Trans*Pride is scheduled for Friday, July 17 starting at 12 noon in Balboa Park, along 6th Avenue near Quince. The event will include a family style potluck and BBQ, open mic/speak out, and a march. The potluck BBQ will go from 12-5 pm, followed by open mic from 5-6 pm, and a march (from Juniper and Balboa) at 7 pm. The event will be ASL-interpreted and wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Friday, July 17, 6pm, Spirit of Stonewall Rally 
Pride celebrations everywhere trace their heritage to the evening of June 28, 1969 when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City said “No more!” to police harassment. That protest has grown to annual events held in major cities throughout the world. In San Diego, our first rally was held in 1975. San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a time to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and meet the many challenges still facing our community. Come join us as cheering crowds and energetic speakers kick off San Diego Pride Weekend! This is a free community event. Location: Marston Pt. (Balboa Dr. & 8th Dr.)

Friday, July 17, 6-11pm, The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party [21+ event] 
On the evening of Friday, July 17, 2015 San Diego Pride and Fabulous Hillcrest will be hosting its fourth annual premier event, The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party! This signature party kicks off Pride weekend with urban style and flare. Purchase your tickets at

Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19, Pride Parade and Music Festival 
The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and ends at Laurel St.This is a free community event. The annual San Diego Pride Music Festival in Balboa Park includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 200 musicians, bands, comedians, and dancers, marvelous shopping at dozens of vendor booths, an art exhibit, cultural presentations, and great food! Get your tickets at Volunteers and youth 15 and under can attend for FREE.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 6pm, Reunion on the Bay, The 4th Annual Reunion Party  
Support the San Diego LGBT senior community at the 4th annual Reunion Party at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in support of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and senior services at The Center. This evening lawn party will feature delicious food, hosted bar, silent auction, live entertainment, extraordinary performances by the Imperial Court de San Diego, and special guest, star of the hit shows “Queer as Folk” and “Talk Soup,” comedian Hal Sparks! For tickets or sponsorship information, call 619.291.3383 or visit

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JUNE 30, 2015, Philadelphia, PA- Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, from July 2 to 5, announced that Jim Obergefell will launch the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration by laying a wreath at the Gay Pioneers historic marker on Thursday July 2nd, at 2:15 p.m. He will be surrounded by LGBT leaders and Gay Pioneers. The Gay Pioneers historic marker is directly across the street from Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center.

Said Malcolm Lazin, Chair, National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration: “With the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, Jim Obergefell is a historic civil rights hero. By laying the wreath at the Gay Pioneers historic marker, Jim connects the marriage equality decision to the groundwork laid by the Gay Pioneers.”

The organized LGBT civil rights movement was galvanized when activists from New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia staged demonstrations at Independence Hall for equality each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969. When 40 activists picketed in front of Independence Hall in 1965, it was the largest demonstration for gay equality in world history.

Organized by Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, the father and mother of the LGBT civil rights movement, these “Annual Reminders” laid the groundwork for the Stonewall riot in 1969. After Stonewall, the Gay Pioneers suspended the Annual Reminders and turned their energies to help organize the 1970 march from Greenwich Village to Central Park marking the first anniversary of Stonewall.

There is no registration fee and most programs are free.

For more information, visit and

Webinar: The Supreme Court’s Decision Legalizing Marriage Equality & Its Impact

Williams Institute experts will discuss the opinion and its impact on children and families, stigma and LGBT health, public opinion, and state and local economies.
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The Supreme Court’s Decision Legalizing Marriage Equality & Its Impact

Monday, June 29, 2015
8-9 a.m. (PT)

Williams Institute experts will discuss the Supreme Court’s opinion and the impact of this historic decision on children and families, stigma and LGBT health, public opinion, and state and local economies.

Speakers include:

  • Brad Sears (moderator), Williams Institute Executive Director
  • Gary Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director
  • M. V. Lee Badgett, Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute, and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration and a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Andrew R. Flores, Public Opinion and Policy Fellow at the Williams Institute
  • Nan Hunter, Visiting Distinguished Scholar
  • Ilan Meyer, Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy
  • Douglas NeJaime, incoming Faculty Director at the Williams Institute at Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law
  • Adam P. Romero, Senior Counsel and Arnold D. Kassoy Scholar of Law

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