OkEq Weekly eNews August 15th, 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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EBA Mixer
Wednesday, August 15, 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Spexton Jewelry
1609 E. 15th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Spexton Jewelry in Tulsa is Oklahoma's most unique retail jewelry store. Voted among the top ten coolest jewelers in North America, Spexton excels in creating handmade and custom jewelry pieces with classic, modern or vintage flairs

Spexton started in custom men's wedding bands 10 years ago but has grown to include both men's and women's wedding and engagement rings, bridal jewelry and jewelry design services, allowing you to create a one-of-a-kind look just for you.
 
We are also known for our unique finishes and use of mixed metals to create stunning wedding bands from black zirconium, meteorite, stainless steel, titanium, damascus, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, palladium, platinum and more.
 
Our fine jewelry services include the addition of our expert diamond buyer, who can guide the purchase of loose diamonds or gemstones, remounting your existing stones, or jewelry appraisals. We also offer jewelry repair services.
 
In addition to rings, we offer a unique collection of custom necklaces, bracelets and cuffs, cuff links, earrings and money clips that make the perfect anniversary or birthday gift or push present in our classic Spexton style.


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.
  Third Thursday in the Rainbow Room
Thursday, August 16, 8:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Third Thursdays in the Rainbow Room in Tulsa
 
Oklahomans for Equality announces a new musical cabaret series: “Third Thursdays in the Rainbow Room.”
 
Each Third Thursday of the month will feature one of Tulsa’s finest musical performers in the intimate atmosphere of the new Lynn Riggs Black Box Theatre.
 
Kicking off the series on Thursday, August 16th will be Tulsa theatre favorite, Pat Hobbs, as Danny Day in “Music is Better Than Words.”
 
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 .
OUT West with Buffalo Bill: Lecture & Dinner
Friday August 31, 5:30 p.m.
Gilcrease Museum
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.,
Tulsa, OK 74127

Dinner and Lecture with Gregory Hinton: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Gilcrease After Hours: OutWest with OKEQ: 7:00-10:00 pm featuring country western dancing, cash bar, and live DJ.

The evening begins with a barbecue dinner by TW’s-AFAB catering, and a lecture by the renowned historian Gregory Hinton whose work explores LGBTQ themes on LGBTQ history and culture in the American West. Hinton is founding director of the Gay & Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation and 2017 recipient of its Paladin Award; Hinton holds the 2010 International Gay Rodeo Association President’s Award for his Gay Rodeo Legacy Project. The lecture is free and open to the public but advanced tickets for the barbecue dinner are required. The dinner is $26.00 for Adults and $12.50 for students with a valid student ID.

Then finish the night off with your cowboy boots and some country and western dancing for Gilcrease After Hours: OutWest which is free and open to the public. Featuring a live DJ, cash bar, and open galleries.
 
Bring yourself, your friends, or your partner, and don’t forget to stop by the touring exhibition “Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo.” Experience the grit, determination and community of the national gay rodeo circuit in classic black-and-white photographs. Photographer Blake Little provides an expansive redefinition of what a cowboy can be in his images capturing scenes of camaraderie, identity and sport in one of America’s most time-honored traditions. The 41 black and white photographs taken by Blake Little between 1988 and 1992 in Photographs document the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants in those years.
 
Co-Sponsored by Oklahomans for Equality and the Tulsa Eagle.  

Barbecue Dinner $26.00 for Adults, $12.50 for students with valid student ID
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Opens Friday August 17
Circle Cinema
10 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104

From writer/director Desiree Akhavan and based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)—himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”—the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

Rise Up Singing
Sunday August 19, 7:00 p.m.
The Synagogue - Congregation B'nai Emunah
1719 S. Owasso, Tulsa, OK 74120

Community singing is like nothing else. We lift each other to a higher place when we take part in music-making with other people. This year’s edition will focus on folk, roots music, and Americana.
 
“Rise Up Singing” differs from other concerts in that performers are song leaders, not soloists. Every audience member will receive a folio of lyrics, and the words to each song also will be displayed on a large screen. Hundreds of members and friends of B’nai Emunah are expected to attend this annual event.
 
Leading the singing this year are synagogue members and professionals, along with special friends of the congregation. The singing begins at 7 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.
 
Those who’d like to reserve space for a preconcert meal at 5:45 p.m. should call the synagogue at (918) 583-7121 or click here . The meal will be catered by the Seventeenth Street Deli, B’nai Emunah’s in-house kosher delicatessen. Patrons can look forward to artisanal, house-cured pastrami and corned beef, knishes, synagogue-baked rye bread, dill half-sour pickles, babka, and all the traditional accompaniments of a Jewish deli experience. The meal costs $18. Tours of the building, which is at the corner of Seventeenth and Peoria, will be offered at 5 and 6 p.m. for those who would like to know more about Jewish life in Tulsa. Free valet parking will be available beginning at 6 p.m.
Council Oak Men's Chorale
Rehearsals Start on Tuesday August 21, 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 miss starting your holiday season with the Council Oak Men's Chorale.
SAGE Summer Pool Parties
Tuesday August 21, September 18,
10:00 a.m.
1938 E. 55th Pl., Tulsa, OK 74105

SAGE Tulsa will have its next pool party on Tuesday, August 21. 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.

Heart to Heart: Abortion Conversations
Thursday, August 23, 7:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

It’s important now more than ever to build community, organize and resist the stigma and barriers that surround reproductive choice and access. Join us as we hold a brave space for a necessary heart-to-heart abortion conversation. What could liberation look like in Oklahoma, and how do we move toward it together? All ages are welcome.
2018 HIV Wellness Retreat 
August 23 - 26
Camp Christian
275 Camp Christian Lane
Chouteau, OK 74337

This retreat is for people living with HIV. It is designed to help people find the community that can help them network with other people living with HIV.

There is a $20 application fee (scholarships available) and a $5 fee for the kayak trips on Saturday.

Applications are available online at  www.gratefulday.org  and on our Facebook page. Paper applications are available at Tulsa Cares and OSU IMSS.
Divas 4 H.O.P.E. 2018
Saturday August 25, 6:00 p.m.
Cox Assembly Hall at the
Cox Business Center
2100 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74120

Please join us for our annual fundraiser and concert, “DIVAS Goes to Hollywood.”
 
Plated dinner with concert to follow
Dress: black-tie optional
Co-chairs: Adam Kyle & Jeff Pounds
Valet parking provided
 
Performers include: Double Treble, FuZed, Mark Gibson, Heather Richetto-Rumley, Kara Wilber, Rebecca Marks Jimerson, Eric Himan, Pam Van Dyke Crosby, & Andrew Witter
 
Sponsorship Levels
 
Elizabeth Taylor/Presenting Sponsor
$15,000 / 2 VIP Tables for 10 / Premier Spotlight Seating / Premier Program Recognition / Table Service including Champagne Towers / provides medical & testing supplies and HIV, HCV, & STD Rapid Tests for 1 year
 
Rock Hudson Sponsor
$5,000 / 1 Premier Table for 10 / Spotlight Seating / Program Recognition / Table Service / provides safe sex and harm reduction supplies for 1 year
 
James Dean Sponsor
$2,000 / 1 Table for 10 / Program Recognition / provides mileage expenses for 3 months on the testing van
 
Rita Moreno Sponsor
$250 / Single Ticket / provides HIV Rapid testing for 1 week

Grannies Sunday Brunch
Sunday, August 26, 12:00 p.m. seating
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center

GRANNIES DO BROADWAY!

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 church, gospel music and church potluck dinners.
 
Brunch and live entertainment provided.
 
Tickets cost $25. Reserved tables for eight are available for $200. Mimosas and cash bar will be available.

First Thursday Art Opening
Thursday, September 6, 6:00 p.m.
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120
 
The September Oklahomans for Equality showcase and exhibit of local artists at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will feature an exhibit of works by Micheal Jones in a show titled “Gods and Fools” beginning with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, and continuing throughout the month.
 
Since the age of 12, Micheal Jones has been an artist. In school, he was remembered as the guy who spent his extra time in the library studying the Renaissance; that sums up Micheal’s life in a nutshell. By the age of 16, he had sold his first painting, and within a few years, he was hanging one-man shows in every available venue, from banks and museums to community buildings. Micheal attained his master’s degree and began exhibiting in well-known juried national shows from Los Angeles to New York. He has a set of mezzotints in the State Museum of Yekaterinberg, Russia.
 
“Gods and Fools” is a portfolio of works depicting ancient personalities in modern-day settings. Using young models in the confines of his studio and other settings, Micheal creates paintings that are both attractive and mildly erotic, much in the style of the pioneer of “earthly realism”: Caravaggio.  By combining this theatrical dynamism with careful observation from life, Caravaggio achieved a gritty naturalism in both genre and religious scenes. Conversely, Micheal has chosen to portray his figures using his own contemporary Impressionistic style, which further emphasizes the fact that these figures are firmly entrenched in the modern era. His models often stare directly at the viewer and include the mundane details of modern life.

The show continues throughout the month.  ww.okeq.org
OkEq Teen Theatre Program
Saturday, September 8, 1:00 p.m.
621 E. 4 St., Tulsa, OK 74120

In this free program, participants ages 13-17 will choose a historical LGBT character and then experiment with creating monologues from historical data and their own imagination. Students will act out monologues and develop improvisational scenes for the performance. Participants will rehearse each Saturday beginning Sept. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. The performance is slated for the afternoon of Oct. 27, and some extra rehearsals will be held the week of the show

Instructor: Julie Tattershall has a bachelor's degree in theatre from the University of Tulsa and a master's of human relations degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has directed more than 80 plays and has been instrumental in developing, creating and implementing touring programs throughout the state. Tattershall created an improvisational troupe that has performed more than 500 shows in the past 25 years. She received the 2012 Mary Kay Place Legacy Award from the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence, funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, for lifetime achievement and contributions to the Tulsa theater community. She won the 2014 Hall of Honor award from the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association, in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the development of community theater in Oklahoma. Recently, she created “Aesop Afoot,” which is touring local schools through the Artists-in-Schools program.


Please email Jose.vega@okeq.org with any questions
OkEq Equality Youth Group:
Alphabet Soup
Saturday, September 8, 6:00 p.m.
621 E. 4 St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Join us for Alphabet SOUP, where all letters are welcome! Alphabet SOUP is dedicated to supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) youth by providing fun group activities, community, and volunteer opportunities. Alphabet SOUP’s primary goals are providing Services, Outreach, Unity, and Preparation for adulthood -- or SOUP -- to LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13-17. It will be every Saturday upstairs at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center!

Alphabet SOUP is an out and about GSA that also encourages and supports selected teens who demonstrate leadership skills.

Please email Jose.vega@okeq.org with any questions
LGBT Women's Network September Happy Hour
Monday, September 10, 5:00 p.m.
3321 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa, OK 74105

***We decided to push our September happy hour back a week because of the holiday, just FYI!

This month's sponsor is Day's Building Materials! Come mix and mingle with ladies you might not meet otherwise, make new business connections, and grow your personal network. We'll have light appetizers and don't forget to bring business cards to be entered into a drawing for a door prize!
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!
Red State Resistance: Reproductive Justice in the Red State of Oklahoma
Friday, Sept. 21, 7:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 73120

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.”
Enid Pride 2018 
Saturday, Sept. 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/ .
Pride Day at the Tulsa State Fair 
Saturday, Sept. 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!
Call For Artists 2019
Deadline October 20, 2018

Dennis R. Neil Equality Center
Call for artists!

The OkEq gallery at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma is now accepting proposals for the 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 the opening
  • night reception for the artist(s), on the first Thursday of
  • the month. Each exhibit is installed on the Tuesday prior.
  • No additional work will be accepted after initial delivery.
  • Work must be available for sale. There will be a 30% commission on work sold.
  • Artists will also provide artwork labels (title, price, etc) for each piece.
  • A bio and artist statement are due to the OkEq gallery on the 1st 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 5 jpg images which 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, 2018.

Notifications will be sent out by November 10, 2018. Please submit by e-mail to  jose.vega@okeq.org , with the subject heading “OkEq gallery proposal"
Volunteer of the Month
Ashley Spaulding
August 2018

2018 OkEq Board Elections

The annual meeting of Oklahomans for Equality is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Presently, eight seats on the Board of Directors are up for election.
Nominations to the Board of Directors are made in one of two ways:

1. Recommended by the Board Development and Governance Committee (Deadline has passed)

OR
2. By petition of at least 15 current OkEq members (Petitions due to the board secretary by Aug. 24)

Requirements and expectations of a director:
1. Be a current OkEq member with membership fees current
2. Attend board meetings on the third Thursday of each month
3. Contribute talent, time and energy toward supporting the mission of OkEq
4. Perform additional assignments as required (Assignments are usually made pursuant to the particular knowledge, skills and abilities of a director)
5. Serve a two-year term
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.
Provider Bias Survey
Sara Griffey is a clinical counseling intern with Bellevue University. She facilitates OkEq's Coming Out Workshop and the Challenging Beliefs in Non-Traditional Relationships group.
 
This survey has been crafted to better understand provider bias in the LGBTQ+ and nontraditional relationship communities. The information will be used to provide information about ways to better train and educate providers.
 
All responses are confidential. To take the survey, please go here:
Cub Scout Pack 226
The Parish Church of St. Jerome
205 W. King St., Tulsa, OK 74106

Making a Difference
Pack 226 is an inclusive scouting program open to membership to boys and girls between kindergarten and 5th grade. ALL parents/guardians who wish to participate are welcome.
 
Pack 226 is chartered by the Parish Church of St. Jerome. Its membership represents the wide diversity of beliefs and cultures from the community we serve. Most of our scouts are students from Emerson Elementary School, but all age-eligible children are welcome to join!
 
Interested in learning more about Cub Scout Pack 226? We invite you to keep exploring our website and get in touch with questions about our values, academics, community and more. Join us today!
More information available at www.tulsapack226.org
Questions can be sent to TulsaPack226@gmail.com
Joe & Nancy McDonald Rainbow Library
Find this selection and more by visiting the Nancy and Joe McDonald Rainbow Library.
"How I paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater"
By Marc Acito
A deliciously funny romp of a novel about one overly theatrical and sexually confused New Jersey teenager’s larcenous quest for his acting school tuition .

It’s 1983 in Wallingford, New Jersey, a sleepy bedroom community outside of Manhattan. Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller–type, is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischief. The fun comes to a halt, however, when Edward’s father remarries and refuses to pay for Edward to study acting at Juilliard.

Edward’s truly in a bind. He’s ineligible for scholarships because his father earns too much. He’s unable to contact his mother because she’s somewhere in Peru trying to commune with Incan spirits. And, as a sure sign he’s destined for a life in the arts, Edward’s incapable of holding down a job. So he turns to his loyal (but immoral) misfit friends to help him steal the tuition money from his father, all the while practicing for his high school performance of  Grease . Disguising themselves as nuns and priests, they merrily scheme their way through embezzlement, money laundering, identity theft, forgery, and blackmail. But, along the way, Edward also learns the value of friendship, hard work, and how you’re not really a man until you can beat up your father—metaphorically, that is.

How I Paid for College  is a farcical coming-of-age story that combines the first-person tone of David Sedaris with the byzantine plot twists of Armistead Maupin. It is a novel for anyone who has ever had a dream or a scheme, and it marks the introduction to an original and audacious talent.
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
Sara Griffey is a Clinical Counseling intern with Bellevue University. She has experience working with LGBT+ clients, homeless youth, individuals struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. She currently works with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She welcomes the opportunity to work with persons with concerns related to nontraditional relationships (polyamory, kink, etc.), as well as the other areas listed above. She is passionate about advocacy and public policy in order to ensure that proper treatment is available for any individual seeking services.
For appointments call or email Sara
918-928-2809 or   sara@unitytulsa.com
Regularly Scheduled Programming
OkEq Board Meeting
Monthly Meeting 
7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 16

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
 All Oklahomans for Equality board meetings are open to all OkEq members
August OkEq Art Exhibition
The August Oklahomans for Equality showcase and exhibit of local artists at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will feature an exhibit of the works of Malinda Blank.
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
August 8
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.
Challenging Beliefs in Nontraditional Relationships
1st & 3rd Monday
of each month
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This therapeutic discussion group provides a haven for individuals who engage in nontraditional relationship structures, with a focus on internal and social stigmas, personal belief systems, and the struggles surrounding this population. This group is open to individuals who take part in ethically nonmonogamous relationships (polyamory, swinging) and kink relationships. The Oklahoma Poly Network is a proud supporter of this group.
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.
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. 

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