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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
site is your key to the network hub of a vibrant and active
gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (including gender identity
and gender expression) and allied community in Northwest Ohio, including
the major cities of Toledo, Bowling Green and Findlay.
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.
NEWS OF INTEREST
Toledo Mpowerment is
excited to announce the launch of its new website:
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
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
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Office hours are M-F 8:00 a.m - 4:45 p.m.
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.
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:
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