Get Trained and Help End Florida’s Ban on LGBT Adoption

March 9, 2010

Next week, March 20 and 21, our colleagues at the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation are hosting two free training events in Ft. Lauderdale and Naples to provide you with the basic skills and training to help end Florida’s ban on LGBT adoption by changing the hearts and minds of your friends, neighbors, and communities.

It will take all of us to bring an end to this ban and bring hope and forever families to children in Florida’s foster care system. Please register to help end Florida’s discriminatory adoption ban today.

Campaign Trainings

Overturn Florida’s Adoption Ban Training in Ft. Lauderdale

WHEN: Saturday, March 20, 2010
from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Hagen Park
2020 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Register now. Space is limited. For more information, contact training@aclufl.org.

PARTNERS: NCLR, GLAAD, SAVE Dade, Equality Florida, Family Equality Council, and ACLU of Florida Broward Chapter.

Overturn Florida’s Adoption Ban Training in Naples

WHEN: Sunday, March 21, 2010
from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples
Thomas Hall
6340 Napa Woods Way
Naples, FL 34116

Register now. Space is limited. For more information, contact training@aclufl.org.

PARTNERS: NCLR, ACLU-Florida, GLAAD, SAVE Dade, Family Equality Council, Planned Parenthood of Collier County, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, Florida Equality Council, and PFLAG Naples Chapter.


March in D.C. and Tell Congress to Pass UAFA Now!

March 8, 2010

On Sunday, March 21st, thousands will march in Washington for March for America, to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform. Please join NCLR and Immigration Equality and send a message that comprehensive reform must include LGBT families too!

Current immigration policy unfairly discriminates against LGBT binational couples by not allowing U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor foreign-born partners for immigration. We must call on Congress for the swift passage of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), proposed legislation that would provide LGBT couples with the same immigration benefits as different-sex couples.

Sign up here to join us in the march and put a stop to the unnecessary and heartbreaking separation of our families. Join us on the day of the march at the World War II memorial at 11:30 a.m. Immigration Equality staffers will be on hand to distribute signs, but please feel free to bring your own and share your stories. We will then walk together to the Lincoln Memorial, where tens of thousands of other immigration advocates will kick-off the march at 1:00 p.m.

More than 36,000 same-sex couples are facing separation, or are already forced to live separately, because of discriminatory immigration policies, and nearly half of those couples are also raising young children. March in Washington and demand UAFA. Together we can make sure to put an end to LGBT discrimination in immigration policy.

In Solidarity,




Protect the Illinois Human Rights Act!

March 1, 2010

Tomorrow at 3 p.m. CST, the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on a bill that would allow religious discrimination and roll back vital protections of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Senate Bill 3447 proposes to make exceptions to the Human Rights Act, allowing certain employers and tax-exempt organizations to discriminate against Illinoisans on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We cannot let Senate Bill 3447 pass the Senate judiciary committee vote. Please join us and our colleagues at Equality Illinois in stopping this discriminatory bill and opposing legislation that would prevent hard-working Illinois citizens from even being considered for a job.

Contact a State Senator on the Judiciary Committee, especially if they represent your district. Call their Springfield office with the following message:

My name is _________ and I am calling as a voter and constituent from (your city), IL. I am asking you to vote NO on SB 3447 when it comes up for a vote tomorrow in the Judiciary Committee meeting. I do NOT want to take a step back and allow discrimination in the great state of Illinois. I would like a response via (email/phone number) so please have the Senator get back to me. Thank you for your time.

We must stand up for equality and justice for all. Together we must the pressure on and make sure that Senate Bill 3447 is stopped.

In Solidarity,


Give Children a Chance for a Loving Home: Stop HB 2148

February 19, 2010

In as early as next week, the Arizona legislature will vote on HB 2148. HB 2148 is a bill that would require the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and adoption agencies to give primary consideration to placement of a child to a married people. Placement with an eligible single person or unmarried couple, will only be considered if a qualified married couple is not available.

Meanwhile, thousands of children under the care of Arizona’s DES are in desperate need of the love, hope, and help that non-married adoptive parents can provide. Please join us, and our colleagues at Equality Arizona, in stopping this discriminatory bill and making sure that a child’s need for security and love comes first and foremost when considering adoptive parents.

Email your elected official today and let them know that you oppose HB 2148. Urge them to vote no, because the best interests of each child should be the deciding factor in adoptions, without blanket rules that limit their chance for a loving home.

In Solidarity,


Take Action to Stop the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

February 4, 2010

At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington today, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton both condemned the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is currently being debated in Parliament in Uganda. President Obama referred to it as an “unconscionable” and “odious” law. And Secretary of State Clinton, noting how religion can be “used as a club to deny human rights . . . and to discriminate,” emphasized that the administration is working to bridge religious divides and is “standing up for gays and lesbians.”

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is a homophobic law that would reaffirm penalties for homosexuality, criminalize the “promotion of homosexuality,” and create an offense of “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by the death penalty. This bill targets LGBT Ugandans, their advocates, and anyone else who fails to report them to the authorities whether they are inside or outside of Uganda.

In Congress, two resolutions condemning the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill have been introduced in the House and the Senate this week. The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-CA), introduced House Resolution 1064 yesterday with bipartisan support from more than three dozen members of Congress. A Senate resolution was also introduced today by Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME).

Please call your representative and senators and ask them to join as co-sponsors. Ask them to stand with President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and you in condemning the inhumane treatment of LGBT people and their allies. Call Congress at (202) 224-3121 and ask your elected officials to fight for human dignity, equality, and justice for all.

In Solidarity,


New Jersey Marriage Equality Now!

January 5, 2010

Our colleagues at Garden State Equality notified us that the New Jersey State Senate has just announced it is voting this Thursday, January 7, 2010 on the marriage equality bill. Let’s make sure that we start the new year right by sending a clear message to the New Jersey legislature that everyone deserves the right and the freedom to marry the person they love.

Meet us in front of the State House in Trenton on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to march to the State House Annex where the vote will be held. Let your elected officials know that we need marriage equality now!

New Jersey State House
125 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey
(parking available at the Trenton Marriott garage,
1 West Lafayette Street)

After the vote, join Garden State Equality for a news conference and a free member reception at the Trenton Marriott Ballroom on 1 West Lafayette Street. For more information, please contact Dani Bernstein at (909) 561-3738.

Together, we can make our voices heard and with your help, we can ensure that 2010 is a year marked by equality.

In Solidarity,

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Kate Kendell, Esq.
Executive Director


ENDA Is Long Overdue. Congress Must Hear from You!

December 9, 2009

ENDA is delayed in the U.S. House of Representatives, and NCLR, along with over 40 civil rights organizations, has issued a joint release saying that this delay is unacceptable and that basic employment protections for our community can’t wait.

Stand with us and tell Congress to end the delay. Tell Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act now!

Flood congressional offices with calls and emails! It only takes a minute to let your elected official know how much ENDA means to our community.

Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Give the operator your zip code and ask to be connected to your Representative. Then, after leaving your message, hang up and call again to be connected to your two Senators.

Suggested voicemail message: My name is _____ and I am a proud resident of (your city, state). I am calling in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017/S. 1584), to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from job discrimination. Please pass ENDA immediately, without delay. I can be reached at _______ (provide your phone number and your street address). Thank you.

Or send an email to your Representative and Senators. Let them know that we have the right to work to live and support our families, just like everyone else.

Please contact Congress today and urge your friends and families to do the same.

Together, we must put the pressure on and make sure that this vital legislation passes.

In Solidarity,


Happy Holidays Mr. President, From Our Family to Yours

December 7, 2009

Happy Holidays! Join us in wishing the First Family holiday greetings while introducing them to images of thousands of LGBT families. Today, NCLR joins fellow national and local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) family groups throughout the country in launching the From Our Family to Yours Campaign. In addition to spreading holiday cheer, the campaign will increase visibility and awareness about the need for federal protections for the LGBT community.

In this season of peace and generosity, let’s introduce the First Family to ours. In order to succeed in winning federal protections for our families, we must put real names and faces to the people in our community.

This campaign is simple. Just mail a copy of your family holiday card, or if you don’t have one, then send a family photo to the First Family with this message:

Season’s Greetings, from our family to yours.
May the next year bring peace and equality for all.

We encourage you to send your holiday cards as soon as possible. Please send your holiday cards and photos to Family Equality Council, P.O. Box 206, Boston, MA 02133, or send a digital photo to Tina Walker-Morin at tina.walker-morin@familyequality.org. We will compile all of the images into a holiday package to be delivered to the First Family.

Participating organizations include Center Kids: A Program of the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, COLAGE, Equality California, Equality Federation, Family Equality Council, Family Matters: a Program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Family Services Program, Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, the Mega Family Project, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Our Family Coalition, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center.

For more details on the participating organizations click here, and for information on how your organization can join, please contact Judy Appel, Executive Director of Our Family Coalition, at judy@ourfamily.org.

Thank you and may the peace and joy of the holidays be yours.

Sincerely,


ENDA Now, No More Delays! We need you at a Washington, D.C. Phone Bank for ENDA!

December 4, 2009

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, members of the United ENDA Coalition, are hosting phone banks here in DC to help pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act! If ENDA passes it would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, making it illegal to discriminate against people for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

Everyone should be judged on the basis of their work and not who they are. Come phone bank for equality and help pass ENDA! These are easy and fun calls to LGBT people and LGBT supportive voters that will make the difference in passing ENDA this year. ENDA NOW, NO MORE DELAYS! Food will be provided.

What: Phone bank to pass ENDA

Who: Equality minded people like you, your friends, and family!

When: 6pm-9pm, Every Tuesday & Thursday night from now until December 22nd (Dec. 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, and 22nd)

Where: 6th floor, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20005Directions – One block off of Thomas Circle, near the intersection of 13th & Massachusetts NW. Nearest metros – McPherson Square (orange/blue) and Mt. Vernon Square/7th St. Convention Center (yellow/green).

RSVP Required – contact Jaan Williams at 202-834-0835 or jwilliams@nclrights.org to RSVP or for more information.

Know of friends or family in the DC area who support LGBT equality? Invite them to join you phone banking!


No More Delays. Pass ENDA now!

December 2, 2009

NCLR has been on the front lines, fighting for an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) for years. We’ve proudly worked side by side with civil rights organizations, grassroots activists, and committed individuals like you who have called Congress to put the pressure on to ensure workplace equality. We are so close to making ENDA law, but we must continue the fight to make it so. We must keep our momentum going and continue to demand results from our elected officials.

Call your elected officials at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to step up. No more delays! Our community can’t afford to wait on workplace equality. If you’ve already called, call again. Demand answers and demand action!

We all must push to pass ENDA. Please make sure your friends and family know that the unfair practice of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is still legal in most of the country. Let them know that they can help make sure that it stops. Urge them to call their representatives and senators.

It’s time that we all stand up for the rights we deserve and the equality we need. Please call today.

In Solidarity,


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