Toledo Passes Extension of Hate Crime Laws Toledo City Council voted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, to expand the city's current hate-crime law to include protections against violence motivated by actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or disabilities. The unanimous decision comes after a transgender woman was attacked while walking home in November. Councilman Jack Ford, who sponsored the Toledo legislation, said he wants the attack to be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and called for those responsible to be prosecuted under federal hate crime laws. On November 3, three men shouted homophobic slurs at Candice Rose Milligan before attacking her on the street. She was listed in critical condition and suffered serious injuries. Milligan, a transgender activist, appeared at the City Council meeting and said she was pleased by the change and looked forward to seeing statewide change, according to the Toledo Blade. On Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2014 Municipal Equality Index, which examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there, Toledo received a 58. While this extension is a step forward for Toledo, HRC renews its calls for cities and states to address the staggeringly high rates of violence against transgender women. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), 72 percent of those killed in LGBTQ or HIV-motivated crimes last year were transgender women and 67 percent were transgender women of color. Currently, a bill is pending in the state legislature that would expand Ohio’s hate crime law to include crimes committed against people because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or disabilities. Article based on a December 4, 2014 Human Rights Campaign Blog and other news sources.

EqualityToledo Volunteer Meetings, 2nd Tuesdays EqualityToledo will have monthly volunteer meetings this year. These monthly meetings will keep volunteers involved in helping with office duties, assisting with event planning, staffing display tables and assisting with fundraisers. Volunteer Meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Pride Center 419 located in the Collingwood Art Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. in Toledo. Contact ET at info@equalitytoledo.org if you have any questions.





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Whether your interest is civil rights, marriage equality, HIV/AIDS support, religious support, coming out, bars and local entertainment, counseling, allied supporters or purely social, we hope you find what you are looking for here at TAGALA.


Toledo Mpowerment is excited to announce the launch of its new website: www.ToledoMpowerment.com

The website has been a long term goal of the program and thanks to funding from the John Domrose Foundation, we were finally able to see it come to life. While the program has always had a presence on Facebook, which has afforded us access to our target demographic, this website allows us to engage them on a much deeper level.

Participants will be provided a full spectrum of prevention resources on the site. Those resources include HIV/STI testing information, safe-sex strategies, links to community resources, and information about the Toledo Mpowerment program and its offerings. The website also provides the ability for us to reach out in new and exciting ways with member-driven blog content, an easy to navigate photo album, and direct news-feeds tied in that highlight the activity of our Facebook page and Instagram account.

The website will allow us to reach out to more people and engage them in more ways than we have ever previously had the ability to. I want to thank the John Domrose Foundation again for believing in our project and helping us make the website a reality.

Toledo Domestic Partner Declaration  For Toledo Domestic Partner Declaration forms, go to www.equalitytoledo.org.  These must be notarized and taken to the Clerk of Council's office or mailed in with a $25 check or cash.

One Government Center
640 Jackson
Suite 2120
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Office hours are M-F 8:00 a.m - 4:45 p.m.


Ohio Changes Driver's License Gender Marker Policy   Effective Monday, September 14, 2009, transgender Ohioans can change the gender marker on their driver's license without having full sex reassignment surgery. The Ohio Department of Public Safety plans to update its online access to the new form. Until then the Department asks interested parties to contact them at 1-614-752-7500 for more information. This policy change is the direct result of grassroots activism with support from statewide organizations including Equality Ohio, TransOhio and TransFamily.


Resource Updates:

New Names for Downtown Bars - Rip Cord and Blush bars on Erie St. have been sold and are under new ownership by Ray Henderson. Both bars will remain gay establishments as they undergo major renovations and name changes. The new name for the Rip Cord will be Mojo. Blush at 117 N. Erie is now Legends Showclub and has been totally remolded. Legends will be open Thursday through Saturdays with shows starting at 11 pm. On Sundays shows start at 8:00 pm with national, regional and local drag entertainers.



Diem Lafortune Concert at PCW, Jan. 17

People Called Women is honored to host Diem Lafortune in a live concert on Saturday, January 17, at 7:00 pm. Sliding scale donation of $10-$15 at the door. Singer and songwriter Diem Lafortune (“Mama D”) is a well-known Toronto activist, educator and musician. She has become one of the go-to performers for peace and justice and was a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year Nominee. Lafortune is currently working on her next CD with three-time Grammy award winning producer Chris Birkett. For more info on Diem and her music visit: www.horizondancer.com

People Called Women, a multicultural, feminist women's bookstore, is located at 6060 Renaissance Place, corner of Holland-Sylvania Road and Renaissance Place; 419-469-8983 and on the web at  www.PeopleCalledWomen.com




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