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EQTX: Every Child Deserves a Family

Building a State of Equality in Texas


Every Child Deserves a Family

We’re not “crying wolf”. Representative Sanford won’t stop, and he’s back again.

Urge your State Representative to OPPOSE the SANFORD AMENDMENT to SB 206.

TUESDAY, MAY 26TH, Rep. Scott Sanford will try again to pass an amendment allowing child welfare agencies to discriminate against LGBT families

Rep. Scott Sanford has pre-filed an amendment that he will seek to add to SB 206 on Tuesday, May 26th. This cynical “religious refusal” amendment would authorize all child welfare organizations to refuse to place a child with a qualified family just because that family doesn’t meet the organization’s religious or moral criteria.

If enacted into law, the Sanford Amendment would allow child welfare providers to discriminate against not just gay and transgender families, but also against people of other faiths, interfaith couples and anyone else to whom a provider objects for religious reasons.

The only consideration of a child welfare agency should be the best interest of the child – not proselytizing for a single, narrow religious interpretation.

SB 206 is not objectionable. However, adding the Sanford Amendment to SB 206 must be prevented.

Urge your State Representative to OPPOSE the SANFORD AMENDMENT to SB 206.


IRQR Event: Evening With IRQR

I am writing to invite you to An Evening With IRQR on June 8 at the 519 Church Street Community Centre. Based in Toronto, the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees has helped over 1100 LGBT refugees escape Iran and enjoy the freedom to live as they are.
I got to know IRQR during my time working in the Minister’s Office at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. I sit on the Board of Directors and have seen first hand the vast impact this organization has made on a modest budget in providing a lifeline to those brave souls who leave everything behind in the pursuit of liberty.

I am fortunate to be standing on the shoulders of giants who fought for LGBT rights in Canada so I can love and live as I am, a gay male. IRQR is fighting to help our brothers and sisters abroad living in perilous circumstances to get to a land where they can enjoy those same freedoms we enjoy here.

What: An Evening With IRQR
Where: 519 Church Street Community Centre, Ballroom
When: June 8, 5:30-7:30pm
Wine and refreshments will be served.  

Please join us June 8 from 5:30-7:30 for an evening to hear from past refugees about their experience, learn more about the work IRQR does, and how you can support IRQR to help more LGBT refugees escape the tyranny of the Iranian regime’s systematic persecution.

I hope to see you on June 8! If you are not available, please consider supporting IRQR financially


Jamie Ellerton

Board Member

Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees

Stonewall National Museum & Archives May 2015 Events

Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm   Like us on Facebook
Lesléa Newman presents October Mourning: 
A Song For Matthew Shepard
Author Presentation and Book Signing

Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery

2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free
Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages, including the recently re-released 25th anniversary edition of Heather Has Two Mommies.

Signed copies will be available for sale.

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, a novel in verse, is Lesléa Newman’s deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life.



Saturday, May 16 from 7 – 10 pmLike us on Facebook
Art Walk On Wilton Drive

Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery

2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free

The Snow Birds are leaving – and Stonewall Gallery is proud to be the featured gallery with a special mixer in celebration of the closing of the Art Walk on Wilton Drive this season!


Free admission and festive offerings along Wilton Drive and throughout Wilton

“Rebecca and Mary” Photography by Carolyn Sherer
Manors. Learn more at


On the Gallery walls until June 28

Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families In The Deep South Photography by Carolyn Sherer

Thursday, May 21 at 7 pmLike us on Facebook
SAVING FACE – Stonewall Movie Series

Stonewall National Library and ArtServe Auditorium

1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Free

Hosted by Larry Ferber, director of The Living Room film series in Boca Raton. Light refreshments before the film.
For 28-year-old New Yorker Wilhelmina “Wil” Pang, life is a juggling act between a promising career as a surgeon and her responsibilities as a dutiful daughter. The expectations of Flushing, Queens society she is from and the lesbian desires that alienate her from it have made Wil content to live below the surface–even if it means playing an inadvertent game of charades with her widowed mother.

The masquerade is comic even as Wil tolerates Ma’s weekly set ups with eligible Chinese-American boys; but it quickly becomes a farce when Ma’s mask cracks open first. One night, Wil comes home to find Ma on her doorstep–pregnant. Disgraced by the Chinese community, and with no where else to go, Ma moves in with her daughter, making it difficult for Wil to nurture a budding relationship with gorgeous dancer Vivian. As Wil’s skillfully compartmentalized worlds collide, Will must choose between breaking a cycle of keeping up appearances, or risk losing the girl she loves.


Now on Exhibit Until June 28
Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families In The Deep South, photography by Carolyn Sherer
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free

“Anonymous Family” Photography by Carolyn Shere
Carolyn Sherer’s Living in Limbo images honor the complexities of lesbian family life in the South, providing an intimate view of a population that has been largely has been invisible and under represented in public art. What do contemporary lesbian relationships look like in Birmingham, Alabama? The featured families include diverse races, socioeconomic circumstances, and age, and the large-scale photographic portraits reflect the complex reality of an invisible class of Americans. 
Exhibition Sponsors
Kenneth J. Tewel, Sue Wilder


Join Our Volunteer Team!

Stonewall National Museum & Archives depends on an active and enthusiastic team of volunteers. Stonewall has a variety of volunteer opportunities at Stonewall Gallery, at Stonewall Library or in the Stonewall Archives. Whether you volunteer with a friend or make a new friend at Stonewall, please consider spending time with in support of our mission to preserve and share the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in American society.
For more information, please call (954) 763-8565


Presented with generous support from:
Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
Stonewall National Library & Archives
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Hours: Mon – Fri 11 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Closed Sundays
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Hours: Tue – Sun 2 pm – 10 pm, Closed Mondays 

Hunger and Food Insecurtity in the LGBT Community

Please take the 9th Annual LGBT Community Survey! This is the annual “LGBT census” and has attracted 45,000 LGBT respondents from 150 countries!



Celebrated 50 Years of LGBTI Civil Rights


Counsel in US Marriage Equality Case to Serve on National Legal Panel
‪          at National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Panel includes Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, counsel for Supreme Court Plaintiffs in Marriage Equality Case to Be Decided June 2015

May 11, 2015, Philadelphia, PA – The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration (July 2 to 5) today announced that Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, who with Mary Bonauto argued the marriage equality case (Obergefell v. Hodges) before the U.S. Supreme Court, will serve on the National Legal Panel. The National Legal Panel is a collaboration with the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law.  Brad Sears, Executive Director, Williams Institute is the moderator with panelists James Esseks, Director, ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, who is a former Assistant U.S. Solicitor General, Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law and Daniel Vail, Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

With a highly anticipated Supreme Court marriage equality decision expected in late June 2015, this panel of leading legal advocates and scholars will explore our progress—from the first Supreme Court brief for LGBT equality, filed by Gay Pioneer Frank Kameny in January 1961, to this latest landmark ruling—as well as the current and future legal challenges facing the LGBT community.

Said Malcolm Lazin, chair of the 50th Anniversary: “This panel will convene immediately following the historic Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, making this the first major event following the decision and an amazing opportunity to hear from the lawyer who helped argue the case as well as some of the most astute legal minds on LGBT civil rights.”

Said Brad Sears of the Williams Institute: “The LGBT movement has come a long way at the courts, from major losses in the 1970s and 1980s on marriage, employment discrimination, and criminalization of sodomy to the increasing number of victories we’ve seen more recently.  There is a long way to go and the path is full of opportunities but also challenges.”

The organized LGBT civil rights movement was launched when activists from New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia staged demonstrations 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 pioneering gay activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, these “Annual Reminders” laid the groundwork for the Stonewall riot in 1969. After Stonewall, Kameny and Gittings suspended the Annual Reminders and turned their energies to the 1970 march from Greenwich Village to Central Park marking the first anniversary of Stonewall.

From July 2 to 5, in Philadelphia, the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration includes panels, Gay Pioneers screening, fireworks, daily parties, LGBT history exhibits, concerts, National Interfaith Service, wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historic marker, and street festival in the gayborhood with the highlight the one-hour LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony on a large stage in front of Independence Hall on July 4th.

There is no registration fee and most programs are fee and held on or near Independence Mall.

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LGBTI Stats: Williams Institute Data Blog

Welcome to our new blog.

Each week, we’ll publish facts and figures about the LGBT community in posts that are short, visual, and easy to read.

We understand that you’re busy and sometimes there’s not enough time to read a full report. Our new blog, LGBT Stats, presents our data on the LGBT community in quick, easy-to-read ways through short blog posts, graphs, quizzes, and data visualizations.

LGBT Stats will cover the breadth of our research on poverty, race and ethnicity, employment, transgender issues, youth, and more. How much do you know about LGBT poverty? How have LGBT employment protections changed over time?

Our new blog includes PowerPoint slides, research guides, and fact sheets on various topics to make your life easier when searching for data on the LGBT community.

You can also access our interactive data visualizations, including our analysis of economic impact of same-sex marriage and a data portrait of LGBT people in the Midwest, Mountain, and Southern states.

By making our data more visual, we hope to reach even more people with the groundbreaking research our legal and public policy experts conduct every day. Thanks for reading.

Visit LGBT Stats

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