OkEq Weekly eNews September 12th, 2018
MISSION: Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) seeks equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families through advocacy, education, programs, alliances and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
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Third Thursday in the Rainbow Room
Thursday, September 20, 8:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

THIRD THURSDAYS IN THE RAINBOW ROOM is proud to present the fabulous Kara Staiger in her highly acclaimed Summer Stage cabaret production of ONWARD! Joining Kara will be Tulsa's favorite performers: Sam Briggs, Thomas Williams, Mike Pryor, Margaret Stahl, and Denise Hoey. Tracy Watson makes magic on the keys.
 
Performances are scheduled every third Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m. at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center,  621 East 4th Street, Tulsa OK .
 
For tickets or more information, see  okeq.org/store .
Grannies Sunday Brunch
Sunday, September 30, 12:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

GRANNIES GO COUNTRY!!!

Grannies is an all-star satire event celebrating folk and inspirational music with live performances and drag personalities. It’s irreverent, but never sacrilegious, and always uplifting humor.

Grannies remembers those days of going to grandma's house for Sunday Dinner. Rainbow Granny welcomes her granny pals Anita Richards, Kiesha Kye and Miss Gay Oklahoma America 2018 Shanel Sterling. 

Brunch and live entertainment provided.

Tickets cost $25. Reserved tables for eight are available for $200. Mimosas and cash bar will be available. Purchase tickets now
Lawyer in the Library
Wednesday, September 12, 5:30 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Lawyer in the Library is an opportunity to meet with a lawyer about topics such as family law (divorce, paternity, custody, child support), landlord/tenant, estate planning, and bankruptcy. No appointment necessary.
Mindfulness Event
Friday, September 14, 12:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120  

Mindfulness - a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
 
This event is A part of the National Suicide prevention week We will cover how the participant can take care of themselves, through positive affirmations, visualization and meditation, along with Native American herbs. We will finish the mindfulness with a Native American Talking circle .

This group will be facilitated by John Co-Cke and Splendalee Delight , a prevention specialist with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Inclusion for People with Developmental Disabilities
Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
621 E. 4 St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Individuals with developmental disabilities are frequently marginalized and excluded from society at large, and this is no less true within the LGBTQ community. This group’s focus will be to help individuals create stronger community connections through building communication and social skills, as well as learning to respect social boundaries and norms. Members will agree upon no more than three outcomes for social development per individual. Members will work on practicing target behaviors while engaging in events within and without the Equality Center. Group sessions will last approximately 2.5 hours, occurring each Saturday @ 1pm.
Neurodiversity Social Group
Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.
621 E. 4 St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Do you find yourself over stimulated by large crowds or loud noises? Do you crave meaningful social interaction in a calm, safe environment? If you are living with a mental health diagnosis, are on the autism spectrum, or generally prefer calmer social events, then this is the place for you. Here, members will meet weekly on Saturdays @ 4pm to socialize and connect with individuals like themselves. Each week members will collectively decide on a different activity ranging from game nights, movie nights, outings, and many others.
Art for the Heart Program: An all inclusive Arts Program
Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
621 E. 4 St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Art is more than just pictures on the wall. Art helps people express themselves, find happiness, and it can help with mobility and dexterity. Art classes foster connections between individuals and helps reduce isolation many people experience. Please join us in making our community a more beautiful, meaningful place through the enrichment of art. Subjects will be elected by members from a range of topics including: glass fusing and jewelry making, mosaics, basket weaving, finger weaving, ceramics, acrylic painting, and quilting. This group is all inclusive, and encourages individuals from all age groups to come together for weekly sessions on Sundays @ 1pm. 
Sisters in Song
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
621 E. 4 St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Sisters in Song would like to invite new members to join our fun loving group of singers!

We are just now beginning rehearsals for our upcoming holiday performances, so it’s
a great time to start! We practice every Tuesday evening at 7pm at the Equality Center,
second floor.
Thesis Research Study

Please consider participating in my thesis research study examining the connection between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) identity, community connection, and resilience!

This study is approved by the institutional review board at Northeastern State University and under the supervision of my thesis chair, Dr. Steven Byers.

In order to be eligible for the study, you must:
-        Be 18 years of age at the time of completion
-        Identify as LGBTQ+

To participate in the study, please complete the survey here . The survey will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. You can be entered to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card if you provide an email address at the end of the survey. 

This study is anonymous. The only identifying information which will be collected is demographic information, and will not specifically identify you. You will be asked to provide an email at the conclusion of the survey to be entered in the raffle if you so wish, but are not required to do so. 

Participation in this study is voluntary. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you may close the browser window at any time. If you do not want to answer a question, you may skip any question in this survey.

If you have any questions, please contact  Jordan Westcott  ( Westcott@nsuok.edu ) or  Dr. Steven Byers  ( byerss@nsuok.edu ). 
We hope that you choose to participate in this study and share your experience!
Community Dinner and Game Night in Partnership with Microsoft
Thursday, September 13, 5:00 p.m.
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

A free community family Game Night event at OKEQ, open to all! Single, married, or not interested, younger or older -- all are welcome! Dinners are sponsored by different welcoming organizations, with family-friendly games and activities sponsored by Microsoft. These events are intended to encourage and build friendships in the community.
MisFEST
Saturday, September 15, 6:00 p.m.
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave., Tulsa, OK 74120

MisFEST – Tulsa’s first female-led festival – is heading into its second year with an all new line-up of regional acts and a national headliner – Katie Herzig. A producer, singer-songwriter and performer, all while being a proud supporter and member of the LGBTQ community, Herzig is fresh off the 2018 release of her sixth album, “Moment of Bliss.” Herzig tours the U.S. this summer for the first time in four years. She has performed at Bonnaroo and on VH1 and has toured extensively, both as a headliner and as support for artists such as Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. Herzig has always been very hands-on in the production of her own music, which has led to opportunities to co-write and produce music for other artists as well, including Ingrid Michaelson’s platinum-selling single “Girls Chase Boys.” The MisFEST line-up is dedicated to diversity and to showing that a strong female performer can never fit in a box. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit  www.misfest.com.

Visit  www.misfest.com  to use your
EXCLUSIVE discount code “OKEQROCKS” to save $5 per ticket!
Sitting with the Soul Meditations
Saturday, September 15, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 29, 3:30 p.m.
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

All Are Welcome

“if the ocean can calm itself, so can you. we are both salt water mixed with air.”
-meditation by Nayyirah Waheed

The Oklahoma Center for Equality and Ocean’s Echo Wellness are collaborating to offer bi-weekly meditation sessions. Join Lanette Clark , Certified Reiki Practioner, for guided meditations intended to relax, comfort and heal the physical, mental and emotional well-being of each participant. Sessions will combine various meditation techniques to find awareness, achieve a peaceful state and deep relaxation. Ms. Clark will incorporate aromatherapy, healing crystals, sound therapy and Reiki to assist participants in their meditative process. 

Sitting with the Soul is a donation-based program. A portion of donated funds will be given to the Oklahoma Center for Equality. These sessions are open to anyone who wishes to join. Whether you are new to meditation or a person who meditates daily, this is a space in which you are fully accepted and loved. Please bring a bottle of water and wear loose clothing. A mat and cushion will be provided to each participant.

For additional information, please contact Lanette Clark at lanette@oceansecho.com .
SAGE Summer Pool Parties
Tuesday September 18, 10:00 a.m.
1938 E. 55th Pl., Tulsa, OK 74105

SAGE Tulsa will have its next pool party on Tuesday, September 18. Members can meet at the Equality Center and carpool to the pool party. Lunch at the pool party will be burgers and hot dogs. Participants are encouraged to bring side dishes, desserts, and drinks. The pool has a shallow end and also has railing with steps to ease getting into the pool. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to  olivia.cotter@okeq.org  or (918) 743-4297. The pool party will be held at  1938 E. 55th Place  in Tulsa. Maps are available at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
 
The mission of SAGE Tulsa is to address issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE Tulsa works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults; supports and advocates for their rights; fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities; and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years. SAGE Tulsa meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.

EBA Mixer
Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center
17 W. 7th St., Tulsa, OK 74119 

Guests who stay at the Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center get the full Tulsa, OK experience. Our hotel's downtown Tulsa location places you minutes from exciting big-name music and sporting events at BOK Center and Tulsa Performing Arts Center, but also next door to quaint, historic neighborhoods and Utica Square Shopping Center.Though the hotel is within walking distance of ONEOK, The Williams Companies, Helmerich and Payne, IBM, JP Morgan Chase and other Tulsa, OK companies, Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center's complimentary downtown area hotel shuttle ensures you'll always have a ride. Oklahoma State University Medical Center, St. John and Hillcrest Hospitals are nearby the hotel as well. The hotel is also conveniently located within a few miles of University of Tulsa, Brady Theater, and Cains Ballroom.

The location of Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center allows you to easily spend a day on a walking tour of Art Deco architecture, viewing Native American art at Gilcrease Museum or Western art at the Philbrook Museum. Warm nights are perfect for outdoor dining on Boulder Grill's patio, located within hotel.

Let Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center be a fun getaway at our stunning downtown, full service hotel with great perks like our 24 hour airport shuttle. Enjoy our Fitness Center or swim under the stars in our sparkling, indoor pool with retractable roof and eco-friendly salt purification system. Come relax and enjoy a memorable stay at the Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center.


The Equality Business Alliance networking mixers are terrific venues for you to meet prospective clients. Mixers are open to non-members as well as EBA members. Be sure to bring business cards, business information, brochures, etc. Hosting a networking mixer is a great way to showcase your business. You may host at your establishment or use the Equality Center. If you would like to host a mixer: Please send an email to  jose.vega@okeq.org   for more information.
Red State Resistance: Reproductive Justice in the Red State of Oklahoma
Friday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

The Roe Fund, The Reproductive Justice Campus Action Network, and Planned Parenthood will be sharing information before the film screening.

A new documentary focusing on the reproductive rights of people living in Oklahoma will be shown at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in September.
 
The Reproductive Justice Campus Action Network housed at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Women’s Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center has created a documentary intended to put a face to Oklahomans whose bodily autonomy has been affected. The documentary presents an opportunity for people to engage in an open conversation about issues that are often overlooked and disregarded. It gives viewers the chance to hear the experiences of people who live in Oklahoma.
 
“We want to give a voice to the people who are affected by their reproductive rights being violated or who do not know or understand what reproductive justice is,” said Mickayla Fisher, coordinator of the Reproductive Justice Campus Action Network and the student volunteer coordinator. “These interviews are powerful, and the world needs to see the struggles of these men and women.” Oklahomans for Equality’s office manager, Olivia Cotter, is featured in the film.
 
“If this film can ignite a flame for someone and give them the strength to stand up for themselves and others’ rights, then my team and this film have done their job,” Fisher said. “It has been rewarding seeing our documentary take shape and be able to share this experience with others.”
Third Annual Stand Bi+ Me Rooftop Party
Saturday, September 22, 6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

OkEq's Brought To You Bi+ The Letter B invites you to our annual Stand Bi+ Me rooftop celebration for Bi+ Visibility Day 2018! Join us on the roof of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center as we recognize the Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, Queer, and all non-mono identities. We will have music, dancing, stories, refreshments. All are welcome, must be 21+ to drink. Celebrate with us and be seen!

Brought To You Bi+ The Letter B serves the bi/pan/queer/fluid+ community of Tulsa through support groups and social events. Find us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/biprogramsOKEQ/.
Enid Pride 2018 
Saturday, September 22, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Government Springs Park
600 E. Owen K. Garriott Rd.,
Enid, OK 73701

Join us Sept. 22 for Enid Pride! Our theme this year is Roaring Pride! As always, Enid Pride is a free, family-friendly event. Please invite friends and family. Vendor, sponsorship, and volunteer forms are available online at  https://enidlgbtcoalition.org/enid-pride/ .
National Voter Registration Day
Tuesday, September 25, 12:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

National Voter Registration Day  is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 25th this year. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State ( NASS ). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors ( NASED ).

What It’s About
Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. On Tuesday September 25, 2018 volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

What It Involves
  • Volunteers in their community or workplace, at schools or public events, or anywhere can register people to vote.
  • Technology to help voters find registration drives nearby and register to vote online.
  • Local organizations, businesses and election offices engaged in their own communities.
  • Tens of thousands of voters registering to vote online and offline in a single day.

What It Will Accomplish
  • Registering Voters: In 2016 over 750,000 voters used National Voter Registration Day to register to vote across all 50 states.
  • Mobilizing Volunteers: Each year the holiday’s growing number of local partners engage upwards to 10,000 local volunteers.
  • Educating Voters: Millions of voters need to register and re-register every year. By utilizing new technology and leveraging partners, we’ll educate Americans in all 50 states about how to register, sign up for election reminders, check their registration online, get mail ballots, learn about early voting and more.
  • Uniting for a Common Purpose: National Voter Registration Day is a day of civic unity. It’s an opportunity to set aside differences and celebrate democracy and the rights and opportunities we all share as Americans.
Pride Day at the Tulsa State Fair 
Saturday, September 29, 12:00 p.m.
Tulsa State Fair
4145 E. 21 St., Tulsa, OK 74114

Tulsa Pride invites you to turn the Tulsa State Fair rainbow!

Come out and have fun at the Tulsa State Fair as our community celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride!

This is a great chance to run into familiar faces and meet new ones. Don't forget to wear your pride attire to spread awareness and visibility of our presence in Tulsa!

OkEq will have a booth in the Expo Center during the fair. Stop by and say hi!
Guys Dine Too
Tuesday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.
Redrock Canyon Grill
9916 Riverside Pkwy., Tulsa, OK 74137

Please RSVP to Richard Haley at

Join us nightly on Riverside Parkway and the banks of the Arkansas River. Before dining, enjoy a drink with friends and grab some crispy buffalo shrimp or the stuffed poblano pepper, or enjoy a romantic dinner. Our wood-burning rotisserie next to our lively exhibition kitchen greets you on your arrival. Highlights include our North Coast Smoked Salmon, bone-in pork chops and our house-made something chocolate. Expect a dining experience filled with excitement and relaxation!
First Thursday Art Opening
Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m.
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120
  
The October Oklahomans for Equality showcase and exhibit of local artists at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will feature an exhibit of works by Ricardo Sanchez, beginning with a reception on Thursday, October 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., where a door prize of the artist’s work will be given.
 
Sanchez graduated with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree with emphasis in painting and printmaking from Northeastern State University in 2014. He grew up in Bogota, Colombia, until the age of 14, when he moved to Tulsa. Since graduating from NSU, Sanchez has worked in a few silkscreen shops, where he has gained better understanding of a new medium that is incorporated throughout his work. A few years after graduating, he was hired to teach printmaking at NSU. His works focus on spiritual enlightenment and different portrayals of worship and mortality. Most of the works are direct reflections of the artist and are meant to be seen as a mirror.
 
His philosophy is reflected in his works: “Many things tear us apart from one another, but one common denominator puts us all on an equal level,” he says. “Death is almost here. We will all meet it. Why not lay down our lives for one another and make life better for everyone around us? This is for me, as much as it’s for you. This is an act of repentance. I wish to drink of the waters that give life to those around me.”
 
The show continues throughout the month.  www.okeq.org

Starlight Runway Fashion Show
 Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m.
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

House Dejá will present the Starlight Runway Fashion Show on October 5 in the Lynn Riggs Black Box Theatre at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Local designers will be showcased to raise funds for the youth programs of Oklahomans for Equality. Check out House Dejá on Facebook, and purchase tickets at  www.starlightrunway.eventbrite.com .
Pride Night at the Tulsa Roughnecks Game
Saturday, October 6, 6:00 p.m.
ONEOK Field
201 N. Elgin Ave., Tulsa, OK 74120

Come on out to ONEOK Field on Saturday, October 6, 2018, for Margaritaville and Pride Night!

Enjoy a night of goals and margaritas as the Roughnecks take on Rio Grande Valley Toros. 

Celebrate diversity and equality as we fly every identity flag and host a Roughnecks Pride March before the game led by the Roustabouts, the official supporters group of the Tulsa Roughnecks. 

Every ticket sold will benefit the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center

Special Drink Specials TBA
The Fight for Reproductive Justice in Oklahoma and the US: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 11, 5:00 p.m.
University of Tulsa
Tyrrell Lecture Hall
800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104

Film Screening at 5:00 p.m
Birthright: A War Story is a feature length documentary that examines how women in the US are being jailed, physically violated, and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across the United States and allows states, courts, and religious doctrine to govern whether, when, and how women will bear children.
Panel Discussion at 7:00 p.m.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice is a group of organizations and individuals promoting reproductive justice issues in Oklahoma through education, empowerment, advocacy, and lobbying. Members of the OCRJ will discuss reproductive justice issues in Oklahoma and the importance of the November midterm elections.  
Let's Talk
Friday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Join us for drinks, appetizers and a surprise giveaway, and learn about Anchored Behavioral Health Consulting’s newest online services!
Orbit Initiative
Saturday, October 13, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Want to act, sing or dance on stage?
 
Join the Orbit Initiative at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center for a FREE acting and dance workshop! It’s open to ALL ages, from 4 to 84!
 
What is the Orbit Initiative? Artist educators from the community teach free classes, workshops, etc., at community partner sites once a month, ranging from acting to movement and visual art. In the spring, there is an opportunity to participate in a large-scale performance of Shakespeare's “The Tempest” at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The rehearsals for this performance are combined with the classes for instruction, rehearsal, and staging. In May 2019, the Orbit Initiative will bring all those participants from the community to the PAC for a few more combined rehearsals for “The Tempest.” Performances for “The Tempest” are June 7-9 and are free.


Call For Artists 2019
Deadline October 20, 2018

Oklahomans for Equality’s Allie Jensen Memorial Art Gallery at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center is accepting proposals for its 2019 exhibition calendar. Our gallery encourages emerging artists who create fresh, challenging work in all media to apply.
 
Details
 
    Each chosen exhibit will be on display for approximately 30 days.
    OkEq will host an opening night reception for the artist(s) on the first Thursday of each month. Each exhibit is installed on the Tuesday prior.
    No additional works will be accepted after initial delivery.
    Works must be available for sale. There will be a 30 percent commission on works sold.
    Artists will also provide artwork labels (title, price, etc.) for each piece.
    A biography and artist statement are due on the first of the month prior to the exhibit for publicity purposes.
 
 
How to Apply
Proposals should include a paragraph or two about your vision for an exhibit, as well as five jpg images that represent your current work. All proposals must be submitted by email. Proposals incorporating the work of two artists or a small group are also acceptable. Artists who have not shown in the gallery before will be given priority consideration.
 
Please let us know if your idea for an exhibit will require months to prepare or if you have calendar restrictions. We would also like to know if you could be ready to go quickly, as those early months are sometimes hard to fill.
 
Deadline for submissions is October 20.
 
Notifications will be sent out by November 10. Please submit proposals by e-mail to  jose.vega@okeq.org , with the subject heading “OkEq gallery proposal"
HARUB USA Lecture Series
Monday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
OU - Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center
4502 E. 41st St., Tulsa, OK 74135

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:  kaseyrinehart@ou.edu
1.5 CEU's will be available

Council Oak Men's Chorale
Rehearsals on Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Congregational Church
2900 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa, OK 74114

The Council Oak Men's Chorale is looking for new members to sing in our holiday concert! Come join a great group of guys who enjoy singing and changing our community through song. We are excited to have Elizabeth Curtis, a former artistic director of the chorale, back as our interim director for the holiday concert.
 
Our holiday concert, “Don We Now...,” will be Dec. 4th, 6th and 7th at East Side Christian Church, 1438 S. Indianapolis Ave. If you aren't singing with us, plan on attending. You won't want to miss starting your holiday season with the Council Oak Men's Chorale.
You're not alone

Support group for partners with HIV/AIDS
Do you have a partner who was recently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS? Have you found a community to process this life change with? Are you looking for support? 
As every airplane attendant says, “Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.”

Having a partner with a life-threatening illness can take a toll on your well being. This group may help you to recognize and change your reactions to the new challenges that having a partner with HIV/AIDS might pose. We will meet weekly for 6 weeks to cover information on HIV/AIDS, process difficulties you may be having with your partner, learn new ways to cope with this change, foster healthier communication, prepare for the future, and better manage stress. 

If interested please email  jose.vega@okeq.org  to join the group. You are not alone.
Joe & Nancy McDonald Rainbow Library
Find this selection and more by visiting the Nancy and Joe McDonald Rainbow Library.
"Lesbianism Made Easy"
By Helen Eisenbach

These days, lesbians are everywhere you turn, streaming for your entertainment or commenting on the important political movements and hairdos of the day. Yet as more doors open on this often-misunderstood world, who hasn’t found him- or herself wondering how he or she might uncover the secrets, experience the glamour, enjoy the special advantages of lesbianism?
 
Helen Eisenbach’s hilariously irreverent guide provides a front-row seat to a largely female universe where love, lust, and forbidden laughter are just a fingertip away. Sharing hard-earned truths with sly insight and wit, Eisenbach reveals the fascinating inside story of a growing culture and shows how anyone can acquire the skills and state of mind to be a lesbian.
 
From flirting to family values, from work to play, from enlightening friends, relatives, or strangers to figuring out how to have sex with women or choose a pet,  Lesbianism Made Easy  answers all your questions—and some you didn’t know you had.
Equality Center Pride Store
Transgender enamel pins are for sale at the OkEq Pride Store for $5.




Be sure to "Like" the  OkEq Pride Store Facebook  page to keep up with the new items and new sale items
Counseling Services 
OSU - Tulsa Counseling Services
The Oklahoma State Tulsa Counseling Center is an LGBTQ+ affirming center located in Main Hall of OSU Tulsa. You do not have to be affiliated with OSU to benefit from these services! Our center offers clients from OKEQ 5 sessions  free  and each session following that is only 5 dollars. Each member of our counseling team receives additional training and supervision in LGBTQ+ issues and is excited to work with clients from OKEQ. Please contact us at 918-594-8568 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 
Allison Ikley-Freeman
Allison Ikley-Freeman, LPC Candidate is passionate about assisting individuals who are a part of the LGBTQQIA+ community who experience a range of concerns and issues. Individual, youth, and adolescent counseling is available on a sliding fee scale based on income. 
Appointments are available Mon-Thurs 12:30-6:00 p.m. and w alk in appointments are available. Appointments can be made by calling 918-280-9645
Sara Griffey
S ara Griffey is an LPC candidate under supervision. Sara specializes in LGBT+ and non-traditional relationships (i.e. kink, polyamory, etc.). She has experience working with homeless youth and individuals struggling with anxiety & trauma.
She previously worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
She is passionate about advocacy and public policy in order to ensure that proper treatment is available for any individual seeking services.
 Sara’s office is located at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E 4th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
 Sara operates on a sliding scale fee structure and can be reached at
918-928-2809 or Sara@UnityTulsa.com
Regularly Scheduled Programming
OkEq Board Meeting
Monthly Meeting 
7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
 All Oklahomans for Equality board meetings are open to all OkEq members
August OkEq Art Exhibition
The September Oklahomans for Equality showcase and exhibit of local artists at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will feature an exhibit of the works of Micheal Jones in a show titled “Gods and Fools”.
The show continues throughout the month.
Family Ties
Family Ties is an official program of Oklahomans for Equality and is a support network for LGBTQ parents and families in Oklahoma. For more information about Family Ties, email  jose.vega@okeq.org .
Lawyer in the Library
September 12
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Lawyer in the Library is an opportunity to meet with a lawyer about topics such as family law (divorce, paternity, custody and child support), landlord/tenant disputes, estate planning, and bankruptcy. No appointment is necessary.
Free Yoga Class at OkEq
Mondays  
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.   

Enjoy a free class! These 60-minute, free Community Yoga classes are open to everyone of all levels. Each class is mindfully crafted to prepare the body for a peak pose in the arm balance, inversion, backbend or twist family. This class will connect the mind, body, and spirit through movement and breath.
Asexual Meeting
2nd & 4th
Tuesday of every month
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

It's the A in LGBTQA. Come join us for an affirming, open discussion at this peer-led group for individuals 18 and over who identify as asexual or are interested in discussing asexual issues.

This a place for asexuals to form community. Be a part of the first Tulsa asexual group.
SAGE Tulsa 
Every Tuesday
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

"drop in for coffee" 
Facilitated by
John Madigan
Gender Support Program
Wednesdays
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
 
(First time interview required before attending)
Email  
The program is providing support, education and social opportunities for transgender and intersex individuals.
Game Night
Saturdays 
7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
 Join old friends and make new friends as you play some great board and card games at the Center!
All are welcome!
Facilitated by
Saturday Volunteers Richard Haley and
Teresa Reno 
Children/Siblings of Trans*/Non-Binary Individuals Support Group
This program is for youth ages 8-18 that have trans* parents or siblings. This group will provide support, education and social opportunities for those living with trans* family members. Attendees must have approval from the facilitator to participate. Please contact Amanda at 918-902-4625.
Inclusion for People with Developmental Disabilities
Saturdays @ 1:00 p.m.
Individuals with developmental disabilities are frequently marginalized and excluded from society at large, and this is no less true within the LGBTQ community. This group’s focus will be to help individuals create stronger community connections through building communication and social skills, as well as learning to respect social boundaries and norms. Members will agree upon no more than three outcomes for social development per individual. Members will work on practicing target behaviors while engaging in events within and without the Equality Center. Group sessions will last approximately 2.5 hours, occurring each Saturday @ 1pm.
It's Complicated
1st & 3rd Monday
of each month
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

"It's Complicated" is an ongoing group for individuals in nontraditional relationships (kink, polyamory, swinging, etc.) This group meets every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8pm at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Each session will have a new topic. For topic information, please like Unity Tulsa’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UnityTulsa or check the OkEq event calendar at http://www.okeq.org/event-calendar.html
Non-Binary Support Group
2nd Tuesday of each month
 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
 
A new support group for folks who identify with non-binary genders, including but not limited to, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, bigender, neutrois, genderflux, and more. This group will be a safe space to discuss our identities, receive support, and build a strong non-binary community in Tulsa. For information contact Vic Wiener at 
SOS Group
Mondays 7:00 pm 

This open Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) Recovery and Sobriety Group meets every Monday at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. For more information, visit  www.SOSTulsa.org
No Shade for Plus
Every Thursday
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

A new support group to bring together people who have found they are HIV positive and those who have been living with HIV for many years. 
The group will provide support, Education, Social activities and so much more. 
The group will be here at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center to provide a safe place to discuss issues and meet other people who are navigating their lives being PLUS. 
Tulsa Writers, Ink.
1st & 3rd Saturday of each month
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

An LGBT inclusive group of writers providing support and resources to authors and writers regardless of where they are in their writing career.
Survivors of Incest Anonymous
Every Saturday
12:00 - 2:30 p.m.

SIA strives to empower those who have survived childhood sexual abuse (who are not abusing any child), who want to become survivors and thrivers. For more information, visit  siawso.org
Partners of Trans*/Non-Binary Individuals Support Group
The program is providing support, education and social opportunities for partners of transgender and non-binary individuals. Ages 18+. A first time interview is required before attending your first meeting. Please contact Amanda at 918-902-4625.
Neurodiversity Social Group
Saturdays @ 4:00 p.m.

Do you find yourself over stimulated by large crowds or loud noises? Do you crave meaningful social interaction in a calm, safe environment? If you are living with a mental health diagnosis, are on the autism spectrum, or generally prefer calmer social events, then this is the place for you. Here, members will meet weekly on Saturdays @ 4pm to socialize and connect with individuals like themselves. Each week members will collectively decide on a different activity ranging from game nights, movie nights, outings, and many others. 
LGBTQ+ History: Interviewees Wanted
By appointment

Do you feel like you have something to say about your life as an LGBTQ+ individual? Recording the history of the LGBTQ+ community is currently a feature of programming at the Equality Center. This program is designed to supplement and further complete our collective history by interviewing participants to further investigate past and present features of LGBTQ+ life and identity. Interviewees will sit down face to face and be asked a series of questions in regards to their person lives and experiences. All information gathered will be added to the existing archive. Please contact Ely at burgesej@nsuok.edu to set up your appointment.
Live Free!
Coming Out
Workshop
2nd & 4th Monday
of each month 
6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Are you planning to come out? Maybe you have just recently come out? Join us for a coming out discussion group meeting in the History Project Room. It's free! This course is designed for individuals coming to terms with their sexuality with presentations on how to come out to family, friends, and co-workers. Question and answer session in a supportive and informed environment. Facilitated by Allison Ikley-Freeman.
Please contact 
ComingOut@OkEq.org  or call 918-743-4297
Brought to You Bi 
the Letter B 
2nd & 4th Monday
of each month 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 
Bisexual support group at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Tell all your friends. The group is open to all bi/pan/queer/fluid+ folks and their allies. Facilitators
Daniel & Haley
Tulsa Area
Prime Timers
2nd Tuesday of every month
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

A social organization for mature minded Gay and Bisexual men age 21 and over. The purpose is to establish friendship and support through social interaction. Visit
the website  for
more information.
918.592.0088 
Lambda Al-Anon Group
Every Friday
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This open Al-Anon group meets at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center every Friday at 7:00 pm. Contact 918.743.2754 for more information.
  Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group
2nd & 4th Thursday of each month
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This support and educational group is for individuals who have survived domestic violence and are ready to explore their personal healing process and find hope and to discuss their experiences, share ideas, and provide emotional support for one another. 

Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.
Sundays @ 4:00 p.m.

LGBTQ individuals have a higher risk of experiencing trauma at an early age and these experiences of abuse, bullying, and stigmatization in youth can affect life as an adult. The primary focus of this group will be to teach people how to recognize their trauma and how to use healthy coping skills to deal with the effects. Members will be encouraged to build an internal network with other participants to provide each other with emotional and social support during weekly meetings held on Sundays @ 4pm.
Art for the Heart: An all Inclusive Arts Program
Sundays @ 1:00 p.m.

Art is more than just pictures on the wall. Art helps people express themselves, find happiness, and it can help with mobility and dexterity. Art classes foster connections between individuals and helps reduce isolation many people experience. Please join us in making our community a more beautiful, meaningful place through the enrichment of art. Subjects will be elected by members from a range of topics including: glass fusing and jewelry making, mosaics, basket weaving, finger weaving, ceramics, acrylic painting, and quilting. This group is all inclusive, and encourages individuals from all age groups to come together for weekly sessions on Sundays @ 1pm. 
Community Partners
The Equality
Business Alliance fosters a sharing of information, ideas, contacts, products and services, and also strengthens and expands our businesses, careers and community.
Workforce OK
Workforce Oklahoma
Access Point
Open every day
Workforce Oklahoma maintains a resource area at the Equality Center that includes computers, a printer and fax machine, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to register with
Oklahoma JobLink.
H.O.P.E. 
HIV Testing Schedule

Tuesday  4 - 8 pm
Wednesday  4 - 8 pm
Saturday 4 - 7 pm
 
Testing provided by H.O.P.E. Testing
 
Check  www.okeq.org  for testing dates.
OkEq Staff
Toby Jenkins
CEO / Executive Director
Jose Vega
Program Director
Olivia Cotter
Office Manager
Alex Wade
Volunteer & Pride Store Coordinator
Tracy Allen
Special Projects
OkEq Board and Trustees
Executive Committee
Stuart Ashworth, Esq., President
Sharon Bishop-Baldwin, Vice President
Jan Baldwin, Secretary
Paul Allen, Treasurer
Robin VanMeter, At Large

Board of Directors
Christopher Brecht-Smith, Esq.
Rev. Geoffrey Brewster
Alyssa Bryant, Esq.
Sheena Grewal
Darci Hazelwood, D.O.
Marcia Keesee
Mike Redman, Esq.
Chris Shoaf
Al Triggs
John Williams
Board of Advisors
Laura Arrowsmith, D.O.
Peter Brennan
Jamie Catlett
Michael Farr
Joann Frizell
Andrew Gordon
Amanda Lowe
Jim Scholl
Mikeal Vaughn
William Vaughn
  Trustees
Shawna Baker, Esq.
Dan Burnstein
Kirk Holt
David Nelson
Kris Wilmes 
Oklahomans for Equality
Hours:  Mon - Sat Noon-9 p.m. | Sun Noon-6 p.m.
621 East Fourth Street, Tulsa, OK 74120