OkEq Weekly eNews October 3rd, 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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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
 Friday, 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
Volunteer of the Month
October, 2018

Barbara Shoenhals


Thank you for your dedication Barbara!
Dungeons and Dragons Roleplaying Game
Sunday, October 7, 3:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Calling all Adventurers!
Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is a tabletop roleplaying game where you get together with a group of people, create a fantasy character to roleplay as, and go on wondrous adventures that involve slaying monsters, defeating evil, and exploring imaginary worlds! It doesn’t require anything more than pencils, paper, a table, and an open imagination.
 
The creators of the game, Wizards of the Coast, are openly proud supporters of the LGBT community.
 
Who can play? Anybody! There aren’t any skills or requirements to sit down and role some funny-looking dice. This group is open for 18+.
 
This first event is an introductory event. First-timers are welcome, as are experienced players, who can join in or volunteer as Dungeon Masters (the people who run the game). Join us to see if you’re interested in being a swashbuckling Wood Elf, or a battle ax-wielding Orc to go on epic adventures of mystery, danger, and friendship!
 
Additional Resources: What is D&D:  http://dnd.wizards.com/dungeons-and-dragons/what-is-dd
 
Please email Jose at  jose.vega@okeq.org  with any questions!

Native American Day Parade
Monday, October 8, 10:30 a.m.
Guthrie Green
111 E. M.B. Brady St., Tulsa, OK 74103

Tulsa is the first city in Oklahoma to recognize Native American Day in lieu of Columbus Day. Join us this year for the second annual Native American Day at Guthrie Green on October 8th and help us celebrate the immeasurable contributions to our city, state, country and honor the culture and traditions of Native Americans.

Please join OkEq as we march in the 1st Native American Day Parade in Tulsa!

We will meet in front of Channel 6 on
E. Cameron St. and MLK Blvd (S. Cinncinnati Ave.) at 10:30 a.m.
Lawyer in the Library
Wednesday, October 10, 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.
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!
LGBTQ Young Adults: Miniature Golf
Friday, October 12, 6:00 p.m.
All Star Sports Complex
10309 E. 61st St., Tulsa, OK 74133

Join the OKEQ Young Adults Prism Group for miniature golf at the All Star Sports Complex! Search for Jose, our program director. He will be sporting a beautiful purple OkEq polo shirt! The cost for golf is $7. Text Jose at 918-813-8993 with any questions!
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.


GLSEN Green Country Town Hall Meetings
Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 11, 6:00 p.m.

The steering committee for a potential new GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) chapter for Green Country will be hosting a series of town halls throughout the community. This will be the first chapter in Oklahoma and will support Tulsa county and surrounding areas. The town halls will be a time for the community to give feedback on priorities for our students, administrators, teachers, and parents. Our mission is to provide safe spaces for our youth and feel the first step is helping our schools be prepared for critical conversations. 

There will be 4 dates and locations for the town halls so we can reach different parts of the community. Please see times and locations below. If you have any questions in the mean time, please feel free to e-mail us at  GreaterTulsa@steeringcommittee.glsen.org .

Thursday, October 4th,6:00-8:00 pm
Rudisill Regional Library: Ancestral Hall
1520 N Hartford Ave, Tulsa, OK 74106

Sunday, October 7th, 2:00-4:00 pm
Zarrow Regional Library: South Meeting Room
2224 W 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74107

Thursday, October 11th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Martin Regional Library: Lecture Room
2601 S Garnett Rd, Tulsa, OK 74129
EBA Mixer
Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Pottery Barn
1864 Utica Square, Tulsa, OK 74114 

Pottery Barn offers a unique shopping experience for anyone looking to put the finishing touches to any room in their home. When you shop Pottery Barn you are getting a product that cannot be found in any other store. Our furniture is one of a kind, crafted in America, and is of the highest quality. Pottery Barn's deep care for the environment has also helped us in creating products that are ecofriendly and sustainable long term. When you visit a Pottery Barn store be sure to ask about our complimentary design services, where we send one of our designers, decorators or stylists to help you create your dream home.

When creating the perfect room, the home accessory pieces are just as important as the main furniture pieces. Everything from sofa sets, tablecloths, curtains, cushions, decorative pieces, and dinnerware all work together to bring out an individual's unique style. Pottery Barn is the home decor store which allows you to decorate your home to fit traditional, modern, or transitional styles using unique products that cannot be found anywhere else.


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, October 18, 8:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Pride Game Night Supporting the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Friday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.
Kiss My Ale Pub
5336 E. Admiral Pl.
Tulsa, OK 74115

Kiss My Ale Pub invites you to come play your favorite tabletop games (more than 120 to choose from) while you enjoy some tasty local beers and quality cocktails! We are donating 10% of all sales to the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, so come help us support OkEq, and invite all your friends to join in!
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"
SAGE Tulsa
Tuesday, October 23, 10:00 a.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Al Triggs with Legacy insurance advisors will be visiting SAGE October 23 to share information about their products and services .

Legacy Insurance Advisors' mission is to sell and service all forms of health and life insurance by representing the best carriers in the industry, by maintaining a superior client base, by partnering with and retaining the most qualified professionals, and by providing all agency personnel with the training and tools available to givethe very best possible service to our clients and companies. Our agents, managers, and staff are committed to educating and empowering our policyholders. We will provide guidance and expertise while managing our clients’ risk. Because of Legacy Insurance Advisors’ access to multiple providers in nearly every line of insurance, we will customize plans to fit our clients’ wants and needs.

The SAGE, Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders, Tulsa chapter is a national program geared toward individuals 50 and older. SAGE is a day time program for those who are retired or free during the day. 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 morning at 10:00 am at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. For more information about SAGE Tulsa, email  SAGE@OkEq.org 
LGBT Women's Network November Happy Hour
Monday, November 5, 5:00 p.m.
Centennial Lounge - VFW Post 577
1109 E. 6th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Our November Happy Hour will be hosted at  Centennial Lounge  inside Tulsa's VFW Post 577. Mix and mingle with ladies you might not meet otherwise, make new business connections, and grow your personal network. 

Don't forget to bring business cards to be entered into a drawing for a door prize.
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

Open NOH8 Photo Shoot in Tulsa, OK
Sunday, November 18, 2:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120

Join the  #NOH8Worldwide  movement in Tulsa, OK and add your face to the fight for equal human rights!

COST:
Single/Solo Photos: $40
Couple/Group Photos: $25 per person
NOH8 accepts cash and credit cards only. Fees paid to participate cover services and costs for one edited digital print only, made available via  noh8campaign.com , and do not include physical prints.

* COME CAMERA-READY *
* WEAR A WHITE SHIRT *
* POSE & MAKE A STATEMENT! *

The NOH8 Campaign returns to Oklahomans For Equality @ The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center on Sunday, November 18th for an open photo shoot! Stop by anytime between 2pm-4pm to pose for an official NOH8 photo by photographer  Adam Bouska . No reservations needed!

Photos are first-come, first-served - and we move fast! Please arrive camera-ready with a plain white shirt to match the signature style of the NOH8 photos.

When is the best time to arrive? Most people tend to arrive before the photo shoot begins, but as long as someone has lined up by the advertised end time for the photo shoot (4:00pm for this photo shoot), they should be guaranteed a chance to pose!

Once you arrive, the next steps are easy!

1. Fill-out one numbered model release for each person.
2. Have a NOH8 temporary tattoo applied for your photo.
3. Standby for your number to be called.
4. Process your payment once called.
5. Trade your processed model release for duct tape!

NOH8 Co-Founder Adam Bouska will photograph roughly 5-10 frames per person. One frame will be selected/edited by our team and made available within approximately eight weeks (timeline subject to change).

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? E-mail info@noh8campaign.com with your contact information and make sure to note which shoot you'd like to volunteer for!

Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for marriage and human equality as well as anti-discrimination and anti-bullying through NOH8’s interactive social media campaign. This includes bringing the campaign to other cities and countries around the world, creating and compiling images for our ongoing large-scale media campaign, and covering the costs of the daily operations and maintenance necessary to run this rapidly growing campaign out of our Burbank Headquarters.

The NOH8 Campaign is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Click here and scroll down to the 'Funds & Financing' portion of our FAQ for more information about how fees are utilized.
Inclusion for People with Developmental Disabilities
Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
621 E. 4th 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. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120
Art for the Heart Program: An all inclusive Arts Program
Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120  
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!
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.
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.
"Transparently: Behind the Scenes of a Good Life"
By Lisa Salazar
It wasn’t always clear to Santiago Salazar that somewhere inside him was a Lisa that would someday—a long time into the future—show herself to the world. Born in Colombia, Santiago grew up in California and moved to Vancouver in the early 1970s to start a successful career as a graphic designer and photographer. 

After living the first forty eight years of life as Santiago, a married, heterosexual man and father of three children and devout Christian, Santiago was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a term that describes the challenges, and opportunities, that some have with sexual identity. It would take almost ten more years to reconcile the diagnosis to his Christian faith before Santiago could decide to transition to womanhood. For someone who had been a husband and a father, it was the beginning an amazing new life. 

Having recently completed her medical and surgical transformation, Lisa is ready to share the story of her journey as a transwoman and Christian; written with tenderness, humility, sensitivity and complete transparency. A must read for anyone who struggles to understand their own gender identity, or a friend's or loved one's—especially when faith is pivotal in their life. 

Transparently is an engaging story, told by a brave woman who made the call to accept what she knew she was, and had always been. 

For more information, visit http://www.transparently.ca
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
October OkEq Art Exhibition
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.
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
October 10
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
Marcia Keesee, Secretary
Paul Allen, Treasurer
Sheena Grewal, At Large

Board of Directors
Jan Baldwin
Christopher Brecht-Smith, Esq.
Rev. Geoffrey Brewster
Alyssa Bryant, Esq.
Darci Hazelwood, D.O.
Allison Ikley-Freeman
Chris Shoaf
Al Triggs
Robin VanMeter
Will 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