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Hate-Motivated attack of a transgender woman in Toledo On November 3, Candice Rose Milligan, a 33-year-old transgender woman and local activist was assaulted in broad daylight. Several men shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs brutally attacked Milligan near Madison Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Toledo. Milligan had to have at least two surgeries since being hospitalized, including one to drain blood after she was found to have a hematomoa. Doctors also wired Milligan’s jaw shut because of a broken mandible. EqualityToledo is working with local and statewide organizations including Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO), Toledo Area Transgender Support (TATS), and individuals in Toledo to offer assistance with efforts to support Candice Milligan and the community during this critical time. EqualityToledo and BRAVO believes this attack to be a hate crime; Candice Milligan was targeted based on other’s perception of her gender identity and expression. “BRAVO is saddened to learn of the most recent hate crime assault,” said Gloria McCauley, Executive Director of BRAVO. “Sadly, we know that hate crime violence in its many forms are intended to instill the message of hate and fear throughout the entire community. Hate crimes largely go under-reported, or not reported at all, and people are left with restoring their sense of safety and security on their own.” “We’re providing support to Candice and the Toledo transgender community. We will continue to support Candice during her recovery, and provide resources for the Toledo transgender community,” says Shane Morgan, founder and Chair of TransOhio. Dave Crafts, Executie Director of Equality Toledo said, “EqualityToledo is committed to working with our partner organizations to provide the care and support Candice needs while raising awareness of this horrific, hate-filled crime.” TransOhio has established a fund to assist Ms. Milligan with hospital bills. If you would like to donate, visit https://transohio.donortools.com/my/funds/58898-Candice-Rose-Milligan-Assistance-Fund Article based on a November 5, 2014 Equality Toledo E-message 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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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.

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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.

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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.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS  for 2014
 
 

 

  World AIDS Day Prayer Service, Dec. 1

A World AIDS Day Prayer Service will be held on Sunday, December 1 at Holy Cross Reformed Catholic Church. The prayer service begins at 7:45 pm. Holy Cross is located at 3167 Doyle Street in Toledo.
 

PCW Annual Potluck and Auction, Dec. 6

People Called Women will hold their annual potluck/auction celebration on Saturday, December 6th. This marks PCW 21st anniversary! The festivities start with a 6 pm potluck followed by a 7 pm live auction. Donations for the auction are now being accepted. 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

 

 

Holiday with Heart Set for Dec. 7

     The 37th Annual Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla will be held on Sunday, December 7 from 4 pm to 12 midnight. The event will be held at the Toledo Club, downtown Toledo with dinner, dancing, DJ, live entertainment, silent auction, photo booth live and presentation of the Founder’s Award. Special guest appearance by Amanda Collins, aka Jon Paul.

    This year the event will benefit: Why Marriage Matters Ohio, Mpowerment, and the Holiday with Heart Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation.
     Tickets are $75 each. Reservation deadline is December 3. For more info contact Rick Cornett (419) 470-3937, Lynnfan1@aol.com www.HWHcharitygayla.org

 

 
     
       
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